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When Will You Need Your Birth Certificate?

Posted on May 10th, 2016 by Scott Hershman

When is the last time you took out your birth certificate? It is unlikely you have had to put your birth certificate to use frequently, as state IDs and a driver’s license typically suffice. However, there are certain situations when a valid photo ID just will not cut it. Below are circumstances you will need to present your birth certificate:

  • Obtaining A Social Security Card: If you have misplaced your Social Security card and are in need of a replacement, be prepared to provide a copy of your birth certificate.
  • Obtaining A Passport: If you are traveling abroad and in need of a passport, you will definitely need to show your birth certificate. Also, many cruise lines require that passengers provide a birth certificate before boarding the ship.
  • Joining A Sports Team: A birth certificate is often required in childhood and youth sports in order to prove the players age. Sometimes a driver’s license or state identification card will work, however, it is common that children and young adults do not yet have these forms of identification.
  • Obtaining A Driver’s License and State Identification: In order to prove identity and age, a birth certificate is required to get a driver’s license or state identification.
  • Marriage: Often times, in order to receive a marriage license part of the process is to prove identity by giving a copy of your birth certificate.
  • School Registration: It is common for schools to ask for a copy of student’s birth certificate as part of their class requirements. Again, this is to prove the student actually is who he or she claims to be.

What Do You Do If You Have Misplaced Your Birth Certificate?

Fortunately, West Suburban Currency Exchanges offer certified copies of birth, marriage, or death certificates. You can receive a copy of your birth certificate within 3-4 business days, delivered directly to our locations by armored car service. To obtain a copy of a birth certificate, any individuals 18 years or older will need to provide a driver’s license or state ID. For an individual under the age of 18, a parent or guardian needs to be present and provide an ID to obtain a copy of a birth certificate.


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