People lose track of their vital documents for many reasons. There are online services that are available today, making a birth certificate easy to acquire. You can also replace a birth certificate for a relative based on genealogy purposes; this information can be found on the web.
Your birth certificate fades in importance, once you have gotten a license, your first job, and a social security card. To prove your legitimacy, there are other government issued ID’s that can prove who you are. However, there are some things that still require that you have a birth certificate, whether it’s your original one you received in the mail after a few weeks of birth or whether you had to replace your birth certificate.
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Birth certificates are usually issued by the state in which you or that person is born. You can contact the state’s court clerk where you can acquire a certified copy of your own certificate, even though it is a replace birth certificate it would still be the original certified copy. In order to obtain an original copy, you must turn in an application that includes your full name, you parents full names, which they assume that you possess them, the location of birth and the purpose of your search and you’ll also need the date of birth. You must also send them a copy of your legal identification that which should be updated and current.
For each state, there is a different fee structure to obtain a copy of your birth certificate, usually the fee’s are between $10-15 but, make sure you check before you send in your application requesting a copy. Some states offer an “heirloom birth certificate” but, those certificates are mostly for “petty uses”, they are not legal documents that can be used to prove your birth or legitimacy, so make sure that you are not trying to get an heirloom birth certificate, make sure that you are requesting a copy of your certified birth certificate.
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