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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Silly government rules (and the price of convenience)

When I filed my passport application yesterday at Hennepin County Government Center, I was told they couldn't accept my birth certificate.

Around 6 months ago a quirky policy went into effect whereby a county-issued birth certificate can't be used for a passport application being filed in that same county. It's an attempt to prevent a clerk from doing a friend a favor.

I was born in Hennepin County, so I couldn't file my passport application in Hennepin County using their birth certificate. Rather than try to make it back to file in my home county, I went with plan B.

Plan B: The Hennepin County clerk sold me a new state-issued birth certificate for $16, which he promptly printed and attached to my passport application.

Apparently, it doesn't matter if a Hennepin County clerk hands me the birth certificate; as long as it's technically issued by the state of Minnesota, Hennepin County can now file my birth certificate.


Blogger Keithslady declared,

The idiocy stands on its own. No need for comment, although it is hard to hold back....

5/14/2009 10:16 AM  

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