Applying For A Replacement Birth Certificate
A birth certificate is a vital document that gives information about an individual. The certificate can refer to the original document given upon birth or a certified copy of the original. There are two ways in which you can get a birth certificate: as a child and as an adult.
Every person born in the U.S. gets a birth certificate and social security number, establishing his or her name, age, birthplace and U.S. citizenship. Citizenship is automatically granted to those born in the U.S. Sometimes a birth certificate is needed as proof of citizenship, for instance, when applying for a driver's license, social security card, or certain types of employment.