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In Florida, a "certificate of live birth" is the original certificate completed at the time of the child's birth. It is prepared by the hospital and includes the signatures of at least one of the parents and usually the physician or another witness to the birth. Once the "certificate of live birth" has been completed, it is sent to the Florida Office of Vital Statistics, who files the document and issues certified copies when requested. When ordering a Florida birth certificate, you can ask for a "photocopy certificate" - which is an exact photocopy of the original "certificate of live birth". They can only be ordered from the state office in Jacksonville, since that is where the actual certificate is stored. A "Certification of Birth" also known as a "computer copy" is a document issued by the Florida Office of Vital Statistics that only includes some of the information from the original "certificate of live birth". It usually states only the name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, parents' names, and the state file number. These types of birth certificates are cheaper and can be purchased from any Vital Statistics office in the state of Florida (and each county has one). Now for adopted persons, the policy is different. When the child is born, their birth certificate is completed like normal. However, once the child is adopted, the state of Florida creates a NEW "certificate of live birth" that shows the child's adoptive name and the names of the adoptive parents. The original "certificate of live birth" containing the names of the original parents is "sealed", meaning that it is locked up and can never be opened again without a court order. So, when an adopted person orders a birth certificate - whether it's a "photocopy" ("certificate of live birth") or "computer copy" ("certification of birth"), it will only show the adoptive name of the child and the names of the adoptive parents.

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Q: Is a certificate of live birth the same as a birth certificate in Florida A friend may be adopted?
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