Sunday, January 23, 2005 2:40:00 AM
"I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong."
A few of you have heard me say that. Of course we all know that even the best of us is prone to error; I am not exempt.
Debbie asked us to send her a copy of her birth certificate. I looked up the County Recorder's office on-line, paid the fees, downloaded the forms, found a notary and had them notarized, then faxed the forms back to the Recorder's office. Great, all taken care of.
The next morning the Recorder's office called and said they could not find the record I had requested. Then we realized that Debbie wasn't born in that county, her sister was. OOPS!
Today I started all over. The other county doesn't offer on-line ordering, and processing mail requests typically takes 90 days. But you can visit their offices in person and pick up the documents within about an hour. Ordering the document from the state government only takes six weeks by mail, and they don't offer walk-in service at all.
So now it is up to Carol. She'll either have to make the two-hour drive into the big city and deal with parking, crowds, and waiting in line at the government offices (and the two-hour drive home again), or she'll get to find a notary, mail the forms, and wait, wait, wait.
I'm sorry, I made a mistake.
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