But I digress. According to the Ohio BMV webpage, since my license expired less than 6 months from the date of the new application, all I had to show for ID is the expired license. Well, as someone who doesn’t believe what the state says on any of its official webpages (why would anyone?), I wanted to cover myself. So, I went on a search for additional ID documents including my birth certificate–the amended one that is. It’s in my adoption file with my obc and court records.
Not surprisingly, I couldn’t find it anywhere, though I KNOW I saw it recently. In fact, I make copies of both certs all the time for propaganda purposes. I went through all of my “family history “files. I have bio and adoptive parents birth, death ,and marriage certificates, certified copies of Mama Dot’s kids’ obcs, a couple hundred genealogy documents from all four sides. But no adoption file.
This is not the first time I’ve lost my adoption file. It’s the third or fourth time. The first time it was lost for four years and then just showed up where I’d swear I’d looked a dozen times. I’m lucky, that as a pre-1964 Ohio Bastard I can get my OBC for the asking, an affidavit, and $20.00. Outside of my OBC being a precious document, I am also one of two Ohio adoptees that I know of, who have a certified copy of their OBC. My original OBC was sent to me certified by the Lucas County Probate Court. The second copy of my OBC , which I ordered from the state after I “lost” the original file, is not certified.
(NOTE: If you were born in Ohio and are eligible for your OBC, try to get it from the country first. You may get a better deal…and a better copy. For that matter, even if you aren’t eligible try the county anyway. You never know. There may be a clerical error that left your cert open. It happens occasionally.)
This continual loss of my adoption documents, brings up a bigger question. Why do I keep misplacing the adoption file? Granted it’s easy to lose a file in my house . I have 10 filing cabinets of “adoption research” and another 12 large plastic bins of “safe haven” research. Then there are piles of paper, c 2005-current that need officially filed, not thrown in Xerox boxes.
So, does this continual loss mark some psychological disturbance over adoption–my way of being not adopted or just bad housekeeping? Do other bastards lose their files? I know the file will turn up again, but I want it now.
As for the drivers license, Ohio renewal can be easy (so far!) operative word can. I’ve talked to adoptees (and others) who for various reasons are forced to hula through 10 hoops. Outside of standing in line the whole thing took about 10 minutes. It was almost like not being adopted.