Trump Birth Certificate Not Real Deal
City authorities say Trump document not official
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2011 2:03 AM CDT
Updated Mar 29, 2011 6:00 AM CDT
Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington last month.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – A thought for Donald Trump: If you're going to make a big deal out of releasing your birth certificate and demanding the president does the same, you might want to check you've got the right document. New York City officials say the document Trump released to NewsMax is not an official birth certificate—which would have the Department of Health's seal and a signature of the city registrar—but a hospital "certificate of birth," which would have been given to his family by the hospital when he was born.

"Trump's mother, it should be noted, was born in Scotland, which is not part of the United States," writes Ben Smith at Politico. "His plane is registered in the Bahamas, also a foreign country. This fact pattern—along with the wave of new questions surrounding what he claims is a birth certificate—raises serious doubts about his eligibility to serve as president of the United States."