7 Things for Which You May Need Your Birth Certificate

Most of us don’t think much about our birth certificate. In fact, most of us think so little about this document that we tend to keep it quietly locked away in some scrapbook, drawer or other inconspicuous place. However, when we finally do require it, its need could be urgent. In fact, there are many reasons a person might require his/her birth certificate at any time. Here are 7 things for which you may need a birth certificate.

  • To obtain a driver’s license: Nearly all states require that applicants present a birth certificate before being issued a driver’s license. Indeed some states require that you bring your birth certificate with you when you renew your license.
  • Travel: You will need a birth certificate as part of the requirements of obtaining a passport. Additionally, you may also need a Texas birth certificate Apostille in the event that you are going to present your birth certificate overseas. Our Austin Apostille provides countries with a means of verifying documents issued by a local authority in another country.
  • To open a bank account: Most banks require two forms of identification one that authenticates your identification and another that establishes your residency. A birth certificate is always accepted as proof of your identity. For additional pieces of ID, you may be required to show a driver’s permit or a bill or piece of mail addressed to you.
  • To replace a social security card: In the event you either lose your social security card or it is stolen, the Social Security Office will need to verify your identify before issuing you a new card. Your birth certificate and one other form of ID are usually sufficient proof.
  • To register for school: Most states require that you present a copy of your birth certificate when registering in order to prove you are who you say you are and to ensure that you are in the right class for your age. (This is especially true of elementary school.)
  • Before starting a job: Many employers demand that you present them with a birth certificate for their personnel records.
  • To receive insurance benefits: Some insurers require proof that the dependents you list on your policy are related to you. Usually, a government issued birth certificate is sufficient proof that a child that you are claiming as a dependent, for example, is yours.birth certificate

For all those reasons and more, your birth certificate is probably the most important document you will posses in your lifetime. In the event that you need it quickly, we specialize in expedited, same-day, and after-hours services.


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