Birth Certificate Request Form

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A birth certificate request form is a document used by someone who needs to retrieve a copy of their birth certificate. Birth certificates are a vital document that individuals need to prove who they are to get a driver's license or state identification card, passport, or a job. Since a birth certificate may also be used to prove citizenship, a birth certificate request form can help someone obtain a copy of their birth certificate from vital statistics.

What is a birth certificate request?

A birth certificate is one of the most important documents for personal identification.  It is used as a reference point for many other forms of identification. It is generally created by relevant authorities to serve as a record of a baby’s birth.

If you can’t find the original record of your birth, you should be able to get a certified copy of your birth certificate.  This process will vary depending on the circumstances of your birth.

Uses of a birth certificate

A birth certificate is a legal document that is often required to prove your identity and age.  You will be asked to provide your birth certificate in many situations, including:

  • Enrolling in school
  • Applying for government benefits
  • Joining the military
  • Getting a driver’s license
  • Applying for a passport
  • Getting a copy of your Social Security Card

Components of a Birth Certificate

A birth certificate generally contains:

  • Your full name
  • Time and date of birth
  • Location of birth
  • Parent's name (both parents)

Some birth certificates also include information about the birthplaces of your parents; your parents’ addresses, occupations, and ethnicities; and how many children your parents already have.

How do you get a replacement birth certificate?

The process for obtaining a replacement birth certificate will vary depending upon your birth circumstances.

US Born Citizens

If you are a citizen that was born in the United States, you can obtain a copy of your birth certificate by going to the vital records office in the state where you were born.  Each state will have a different process for you to get a new certificate issued.

What do you need to order a birth certificate?

Ordering a copy of a birth certificate requires basic information about you and the person whose certificate you are requesting:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Location of birth: hospital, city/town, county
  • Name of parents, including mother’s maiden name
  • Requester’s relationship to person on certificate
  • Requester’s address
  • Credit card information
  • Document verifying requester’s identity

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Sample Birth Certificate Request


Sample Birth Certificate Request

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