certification vs. certificate (vital records)

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whodouthinkyouare

Senior Member
Spanish
I would like to know the meaning exactly of "certification" in a birth or marriage certificate. I would like to know why they use "certification of vital record" instead of "certificate of vital record"

Source:

State of California
Certification of Vital Record
City and County of San Francisco
License and Certificate of Marriage
 
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    I believe it is because the department's function is to provide certification (valid proof) of vital records: births, deaths, marriages. The department is not a certificate. :)
     
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