Do I need a special copy of my protection order to it enforced?
In some states, you will need a certified copy of your protection order. A certified copy says that it is a “true and correct” copy; it is signed and initialed by the clerk of court that gave you the order, and usually has some kind of court stamp on it. In Idaho, a certified order has a stamp and/or a raised seal on it.
The copy you originally received may or may not have been a certified copy, depending on the county. If your copy is not a certified copy, call or go to the court that gave you the order and ask the clerk’s office for a certified copy. The court may charge a small fee to get a certified copy of an Idaho protection order.
Note: It is a good idea to keep a copy of the protection order with you at all times. You will also want to bring several copies of the protection order with you when you move. Leave copies of the protection order at your work place, at your home, at the children’s school or daycare, in your car, with a sympathetic neighbor, and so on. Give a copy to the security guard or person at the front desk where you live and/or work. Give a copy of the protection order to anyone who is named in and protected by the order.