What is a certified copy?

A certified copy is considered a legal copy of a record; it is printed on special security paper and contains a raised, embossed seal, and language stating where the record is filed.

Many government agencies now require certified copies and will not accept keepsake or uncertified/non-compliant copies.

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1. Do I need to be fingerprinted?
2. When will I get my CPL card?
3. I've moved, do I have to update my CPL?
4. Can I pay by phone?
5. Can you email or fax me a copy?
6. What do I do with the two marriage licenses issued, after the ceremony?
7. Who can get a marriage or death record copy?
8. Who can get a birth certificate record?
9. What is a certified copy?
10. What is a vital record?