A mobile notary public may NOT make a certified photocopy of a birth certificate, whether it was issued in Florida, California, New York or another state, or a foreign country. Birth certificates are official records and certified copies may be obtained from the public official who is the custodian of the records. The typical problem arises when a person is leaving the country within a few days and is required by his or her travel agency to have a “notarized” birth certificate. The word “notarized” immediately sends the person to a notary public. Actually, a person should obtain a “certified” copy of his or her birth certificate, rather than a “notarized” copy. Contact the public office holding that record.