I have read instructions on here that copies of birth certificates and marriage license should be notarized. Today I attempted to get these documents notarized, only to learn that those documents are not able to be notarized at all. Internet info regarding this supports that these documents are unable to be notarized. What do I do now???? I will not, cannot, send the originals and one of the birth certificates is actually from Germany from 88 years ago. Do we know, for sure, that sending simple copies of the birth certificates and marriage license will NOT suffice for the benefit of the application process to continue? I do not see anywhere in the VA instructions that we need notarized documents, have only read that on this forum. Any words of wisdom will be appreciated. This is such a long, tedious process and I feel like I've hit a wall now. Hope not! Thank you for having this website and forum, it has helped me tremendously up until now.