Birth certificates are an important and necessary document to have on hand. However, sometimes this vital piece of paper becomes lost, soiled, stolen or destroyed. If you--or an immediate family member--are in this predicament, it's imperative that you acquire a replacement copy ASAP.
Why the Rush?
Four primary reasons to have a copy of your birth certificate are:
1. You cannot enroll a family member into DEERS without producing a copy of his or her birth certificate.
2. Most states require a certified copy of a birth certificate from anyone applying to change a driver's license.
3. When applying for a passport, you'll save yourself a lot of time and unnecessary stress during the application process by providing a copy of your birth certificate. (A birth certificate isn't required to get an American passport. You can read more about that here.)
4. Most public schools require a certified copy of the child's birth certificate upon enrollment.
Requesting a Birth Certificate
The criteria for acquiring a birth certificate varies from state to state. Some accept phone, mail, online, and walk-in requests. Others release copies only if the request is made in person or by mail. In addition, many states have specific forms that must be included with the request.
To obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate, please select the state from the list below where the birth occurred.
Phone: 1- 916-445-2684
Phone: 1-303 -692-2224
District of Columbia
Phone: 1-904-359-6900 ext. 1029
Phone: 1-517- 335-8666
Phone: 1-402- 471-2871
New York City
Phone: 1-405- 271-4040
Phone: 1-401- 222-2812
Edited and updated by Armin Brott, November 2016