A valid certified copy of your birth certificate is becoming an ever more important form of personal identification.  In our 52 week program we recommend gathering certified copies of your birth certificate, among other important documents.  We just don’t want you running into problems when you’re President of the United States and people question your country of origin.   No, really!  In our world today, this document is needed to get a passport, enroll in school or the military, and sometimes you’ll even need it to sign up your kids to play little league sports. 

To help you out in obtaining this important document, we put together this little how-to. 

The first thing you need to do is go to cdc.gov.  You need to look up the vital statistics office of the state of birth.  It’s best to have both the address and the phone number of that office.

From this point, the process varies from state to state.  Each state will have specific instructions/forms to complete.  We can tell you, though, that you will need as many vital statistics as possible (birthdate, parents’ names, gender, birthplace, etc.)  You’ll usually have to pay a fee for replacement.  This fee will be somewhere between $5-$40.  As a side note, some states require a driver’s license or some other form of photo ID. 

As a final note, if you do need a certified copy for a specific reason and you are going to have to request one, do it early!  Sometimes it can take 4-6 weeks to get your copy.  It would be a bummer to miss your cruise because you couldn’t get your passport because of an invalid copy of your birth certificate! 

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