How to Replace a Birth Certificate

By  //  February 16, 2019

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A birth certificate is a document presented to a mother after the birth of a child, in most countries, it is handed over shortly after giving birth.

A birth certificate is a document presented to a mother after the birth of a child, in most countries, it is handed over shortly after giving birth. The activity happens in hospitals where the government and the hospital work together to ensure that a child has a birth certificate.

In cases where a child was born at home, a written document is presented to records office where registration begins. The material has names of both parents, place and state of birth, the name of the hospital in case the child was born in a hospital, date and time of birth and the child’s name.

Below are ways on how to replace your birth certificate.

Report to Birth Registrar

In every state, there is a registrar who is in charge of recording birth daily. When losses their birth certificate, this is the first place one can report. When one states, the procedure of getting a new one begins, the search starts depending on how many reports have been published.

Replacement Fee

Depending on the state, there is fee one is charged before the replacement process continues. Different states charge a separate cost. One needs to know the exact date of birth, both parents names, state, and country of birth.  For certificates that are not of that state, the fee is higher compared to that of its birth state. In such a case, one can apply online to get the certificate.

Both parents Identification Cards

One is required to carry both parents ID cards to verify that they are the legal owners of the documents. In case both parents are deceased, one is expected to bring their death certificate. It depends on the state, where some countries take ID cards when one dies. Therefore, when replacing these documents, make sure you carry your parent’s cards.

Sworn In Statement

A sworn in statement is where you swear before a lawyer or magistrate that you lost your birth certificate and would like to replace it. The procedure is done when there is a doubt that you are the rightful owner of the document. After that, the utterance is taken to the vital records office.

Parent’s Letter

In some states, one is required to produce a parent’s letter which states that they are the parent of the person replacing the certificate. A photo of the identification card is needed in this particular occurrence. At least one parent can write the letter.

Replace with Driving License

For faster processing, you can replace your birth certificate together with your driving license. The reason behind this is that it’s easier to renew a driving permit to replace your birth document. In this case, when you apply to replace your driving document, you can also use for birth, it’s a bit easier to process.

Online Application

With the growth in technology, one can acquire any document online. The vital records have not been left behind. For a more comfortable and secure way of replacing your birth certificate, one can search online on the best and legit platform to access such a document.

Most states have government websites where one can access their portal directly and request any certificate. Online payment is swift and secure.

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