Vital Stats Birth Certificate
A birth certificate copy is still an official document, printed on official paper, and can be identified as a proper document. A photocopy is not necessarily accepted by any or all government entities, and in most cases will be refused. In today's world, it's increasingly hard to do anything that is government run without your identification papers.
Original birth records get lost, stolen or destroyed every day. Sometimes this is an accident or just pure bad luck. Having a birth certificate copy, or obtaining a copy, is an important move that we can make to safeguard ourselves. If you have your original birth record, it's best to put it into a bank safe deposit box for safe keeping, or hand it to a relative that can be trusted, while keeping a birth certificate copy available for everyday use.