I find myself possibly rushing to get a passport in order to make some hastily-conceived vacation plans come together... Question: One requirement is a "certified" birth certificate. I plan to apply in person, so I don't intend to mail my birth certificate. When applying in person, does one need merely *show* them the certificate and allow them to make a photocopy, etc. -- or do they need to keep a copy to process with the application? I'm not going to let go of my original certificate, so I would need to rush and order a certified copy... IF they need to keep the copy rather than simply inspect/copy it. Anyone know which it is? Info on the web merely said you'd need a copy... not whether you'd have to surrender it or not. Thanks!