Re: Once Upon a Time
Unfortunately, as I have just proved, it is possible in the UK to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate with nothing more than the date and place of birth of the individual, and with no requirement to prove eligibility at all.
Following a house fire, I have just had to request new birth certificates for myself, wife and daughter, using the very convenient government website. At no point did I have to prove who I was. The new certificates were happily sent through the post to an address totally unconnected to me or any member of my family without any quibble.
And of course, once in possession of said birth certificates, I can now get a passport, driving licence, etc, using the birth certificates as proof of identity.
Now I have perfectly legitimate cause to have to do this, but it is obvious to me that this same process could be used to gain false documents, bank accounts etc with very little trouble.