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Can you send a photocopy of your marriage certificate or does it have to be the original? When I make a photocopy it says "VOID" because its on security paper, but some people have told me a photocopy is ok and others have told me you have to send the original or a certifed copy from the courthouse with the raised seal. Can anyone tell me for sure if a photocopy is acceptable? Thanks!

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Can you send a photocopy of your marriage certificate or does it have to be the original? When I make a photocopy it says "VOID" because its on security paper, but some people have told me a photocopy is ok and others have told me you have to send the original or a certifed copy from the courthouse with the raised seal. Can anyone tell me for sure if a photocopy is acceptable? Thanks!

David

Regular photocopy is what I sent....


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Can you send a photocopy of your marriage certificate or does it have to be the original? When I make a photocopy it says "VOID" because its on security paper, but some people have told me a photocopy is ok and others have told me you have to send the original or a certifed copy from the courthouse with the raised seal. Can anyone tell me for sure if a photocopy is acceptable? Thanks!

David

A photocopy is what the instructions are asking for, HOWEVER, if yours comes out with "void" when copied I would personally obtain a certified copy from the court house just to be safe. Mine didn't say "void" when photocopied so I just included that photocopy. No issues so far **knock on wood**

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A photocopy is what the instructions are asking for, HOWEVER, if yours comes out with "void" when copied I would personally obtain a certified copy from the court house just to be safe. Mine didn't say "void" when photocopied so I just included that photocopy. No issues so far **knock on wood**

USCIS understands it is a photocopy... with the "watermark" showing it is even more proof of a copy of a real document....


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USCIS understands it is a photocopy... with the "watermark" showing it is even more proof of a copy of a real document....

I get that but I wonder how obvious the "void" mark is and whether it obstructs anything. I know one person's document had "void" all over it. dozens of times... and personally I would think that it made the document illegible. However, if the OP wants to send it and wait and see then that's their prerogative because as I stated before, USCIS are only asking for a photocopy.

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I sent a copy, and a photocopy of LA County documents always have "VOID" all over them. I sent the copy and had no problems. Just remember to have extra original copies of documents on hand, because USCIS can ask to see originals at any time.


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I sent a copy, and a photocopy of LA County documents always have "VOID" all over them. I sent the copy and had no problems. Just remember to have extra original copies of documents on hand, because USCIS can ask to see originals at any time.

Same here it says VOID too when i tried photocopying it..so what i did, i scan and print..works though!:-)....try!:-))))

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