I’m trying to negotiate the bureaucratic maze for Social Security & Medicare. My next birthday is the big six-five. Two of the things SS requires are certified copies of both my birth certificate and our marriage license. I can’t figure out why. I had to show the birth certificate to sign up for SS (I think I did, anyway; that was a long time ago). And, didn’t I have to show my marriage license to change my name for SS, which I did in 1966? So, why are they necessary now? Furthermore, a certified copy of our marriage license is going to cost $71. That’s just outrageous. My birth certificates cost about that much as well, since I had to send to another state for them. Fortunately, I still have those, and don’t have to order and pay for them again.