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Relocating Internationally in the New Year: Here’s How to Obtain Your Birth Certificate

In December 11, 2014


The New Year is a great time to make big changes in your life. One of the biggest changes you could make is moving internationally. Yes, moving from the country you call home to another country is a big decision, and one that will generate a lot of paperwork and effort. However, the results could definitely be worth it. One of the most important steps to take may be obtaining your birth certificate if you do not already have one. Luckily, it is easier than you may think.

The Options

If you live in or around the town where you were born, you may be able to pick up your birth certificate in person. This will be issued by the appropriate vital records agency, which depending upon the location can be at the courthouse, county or town clerk’s office, or at the health department. You can normally find information regarding the appropriate location, their physical address and hours online.

Another option is to actually order your birth certificate online. This works especially well if you do not live in the community where you were born, or if you don’t have time to go chasing around town dealing with traffic, parking, and potentially long lines. If you obtain your birth certificate online, make sure you order from a government-approved agency—such as VitalChek. By doing this you will not accidentally wind up in the hands of a disreputable company or with a copy that doesn’t suit your needs.

What Will You Need?

To obtain your birth certificate, you will normally have to provide a few basic pieces of identification to prove that you are who you say you are – ensuring such a vital document doesn’t get into the wrong hands. This generally includes information about the date and place you were born, your parents’ full names and other personal information. Some states may even require that you provide a piece of photo identification to further verify your identity, like your driver’s license, a state ID, military ID or current US passport.

How Long Does It Take?

If you order your birth certificate in person, you may have it in your hands that day. If you order it online, it may take just a couple of days or up to several days later, depending upon the time required by the vital record agency to process and prepare the requested certificate for shipping to you. If ordering online from VitalChek, you will have the option of rush delivery, which may help get the certificate into your hands even more quickly. So, it makes sense to start the process early, just in case there are any delays.

Once you have the birth certificate in your hands, you can move forward with all the other steps, such as obtaining your passport, travel visa and potential employment opportunities, as well as preparing for your housing and transportation in the new country. Every one of these steps is important, but may not be done until you have that birth certificate, so get moving on that right now.




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