Birth Certificate: Getting Your

Birth Certificate

According to, a birth certificate is “An official document issued to record a person’s birth, including such identifying data as name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, and parentage.”


There are many important situations when you may be asked to provide your birth certificate, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Applying for government benefits.
  • Applying for a passport.
  • Applying for a marriage license.
  • Enrolling in some schools.
  • Joining the military.
  • Claiming insurance or pension benefits.
  • Getting your driver’s license.
  • Obtaining a replacement Social Security card.
  • Showing US Citizenship.
  • Proving legal identity, age, and sex.
  • Settling an estate.
  • Registering for sports, especially those with age restrictions.
  • General identification, such as for a job or at a bank.
  • Getting a work permit.
  • Proving legal dependency.
  • Performing genealogical research.
  • Voting.
  • Obtaining inheritance benefits.
  • Receiving insurance benefits.


For more information on how to obtain a birth certificate, click here.


It’s imperative that you maintain awareness of this document’s location. Check out Learning Resource Keeping Track of Documents under Legal Documents for tips on safe storage of important documents.


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