Elusive ancestors are not the only things that cause frustration to researchers. Let's talk about the intelligence level of the average bureaucrat who works in a state vital records office. Or the legislators who pass laws that restrict access to records with broad strokes--and the price of certificates too!
If you are applying for a certificate on behalf of someone else, you must provide us with an original, notarized letter signed by that person authorizing release of their certificate to you. You must also bring with you that person's photo ID as well as your own.