What is the name of your state? New Jersey
my girlfriend is 21 years old tomorrow and without any form of ID other than her old college ID. she never got a drivers license. We went to get a non driver ID from the DMV, with a photocopy of her birth certificate, and it was rejected. Her mother, who is a little insane, refuses to give her the original copy of her birth certificate, which she has locked in a filing cabinet in her bedroom. But if the child is over 18, I think the parent does not have the right to withhold documents like that, especially something as important as that. They are from Puerto Rico so she doesn't have an American passport and we dont know if the hospital she was born in will be able to provide another sealed copy of the birth certificate. While going through the courts is a last resort, do we at least have a case to present to the mother, to at least say "look, its going to happen one way or the other, we can do it the easy way or the hard way" or something like that. i know this isn't such a drastic issue like physical abuse or something but her rights are being violated. Please if anyone has any suggestions I would be very grateful.