Are Birth Certificates Public Record
There are other reasons why you might need a certificate as well, such as genealogy research or background checks. It gives you vital information about an individual such as the name of the baby born, the full names of the parents, birth date and birth place. Some birth certificates provide other information as well, like the physical addresses and birthplaces of the parents. This information can help you learn a lot about an individual you are researching.
It is better to have a birth certificate copy, because this copy can be more easily replaced in the event of a loss. If for some reason a child needs their certificate to enroll in some type of youth sports, it is easier to breathe knowing that a copy is more easily obtained than an irreplaceable original.