In some states and countries, there are two types of birth certificates. A long-form birth certificate is the copy of the actual certificate of birth on file with the locality where the birth took place. The short-form birth certificate is a notarised document stating that the long form certificate exists and is on file.
Place of Birth
The long form of a birth certificate gives details as to whether the birth took place in a hospital, birthing facility or home. The short form does not have this information.
The short-form birth certificate will have a file number. This corresponds with the file number of the original long-form Certification of Birth.
The attendant physician or midwife is listed on a long-form birth certificate, but not on the short form.
The long-form birth certificate lists the nationality of both parents, but the short form does not.
The date of birth of the parents is listed on the long form certificate; short form certificates list the names only.
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