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For binary polynomial optimization problems (POPs) of degree d with n variables, we prove that the d(n+d-1)=2eth semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxation in Lasserre's hierarchy of SDP relaxations provides the exact optimal value. If binary POPs involve only even-degree monomials, we show that it can be further reduced to d(n+d-2)=2e. This bound on the relaxation order coincides with the conjecture by Laurent in 2003, which was recently proved by Fawzi, Saunderson, and Parrilo, on binary quadratic optimization problems where d = 2. We also numerically confirm that the bound is tight. More precisely, we present instances of binary POPs that require solving at least the d(n + d - 1)=2eth SDP relaxation for general binary POPs and the d(n + d - 2)=2eth SDP relaxation for even-degree binary POPs to obtain the exact optimal values.