Why does the original document matter?


Why do people request original documents or certified copies? Why cant they use a copy?

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It’s a check to ensure that a modified/forged document isn’t being used.

A photocopy of a birth certificate, for example, might not be acceptable because the person submitting it may have edited it to change the name. The original document with an embossed seal is less likely to be an altered document.

They need to make sure what they’re seeing hasn’t been altered in anyway. If you have the original, its easier to tell if thats happened, and a certified copy is one where someone verified the original and made a correct copy of it

Because a copy can be easily forged. You can cut and paste a signature on another document onto a new one. As such, the original document, or a notarized copy is proof that the person did physically sign the document.