I lost my birth certificate

What to do if I Lost My Birth Certificate?

At the time of our birth, our birth certificate is our very first form of identification. It’s the first identifying document issued to us by the government through thevital records office where we’re born.

It will be needed for everything from enrolling us in school to getting a photo ID when we’re older. Often, the first time your birth certificate will be used is when your parents enroll you in school, but what happens after that? It’s not unusual for our parents to place our vital records like our social security card and birth certificate in a safe place like a lock box or safety deposit box. Sometimes however, these documents can be stolen or can get misplaced or even lost or damaged over the course of time. Since it’s common for these documents to be used once while you’re very young, and then not again for years, it is important to know what steps to take to replace them if they’re lost or stolen. Getting a replacement birth certificate doesn’t have to be a hassle, so let’s look at the steps below. 

I lost my birth certificate – What do I do?

Unfortunately, while a lost birth certificate is a more common scenario, and one that has lesser consequences, a stolen birth certificate is a whole different matter. A lost birth certificate in most cases is fairly simple to replace. If you reside in a state other than the one you were born in, it may be a bit tricky to physically go to the vital records office in the county you were born in. In these cases, you can utilize sites like VitalChek.com for convenient and secure ordering that will deliver right to your home. It can be a bit more involved however, if your parents separated while you were young or if either of your parents is deceased. Sometimes you’ll need to provide a bit more personal information in order to prove you are who you say you are, especially if details are forgotten or unknown. 

If some details are missing, don’t fret – reaching out to your vital records office or to help lines on sites like VitalChek can prove to be of great assistance and most questions can be resolved fairly easily. If you know that your birth certificate was in fact lost (ex: thrown out accidentally or lost in the shuffle of a move, perhaps buried in a box in the attic) or damaged, you can probably rest easy knowing that it’s not in the wrong hands. You may however want to report it if the loss is more recent and you just can’t be sure that it wasn’t stolen. 

What if I think it was stolen?

Because a birth certificate is your first government issued vital record, you should take action immediately if you think it was stolen. If a stolen birth certificate ends up in the hands of a person of similar age and other physical attributes, it can be used to obtain other forms of identification including a copy of a social security card. 

If you believe your birth certificate was stolen, it’s important to contact the vital records office in the place you were born immediately. From there, you can go about obtaining another certified copy, but notifying officials is an important first step. If someone chooses to use your stolen birth certificate in conjunction with a fake driver’s license, they can obtain other important documents which are the first steps of identity theft. You may want to follow up with a credit monitor or other type of identity monitoring service. You can subscribe to these types of services online for minimal fees. 

Caption: A stolen birth certificate can mean the beginning stages of identity theft may take place. If you believe your vital records have been stolen, be sure to report them to authorities right away. (alt tag: stolen birth certificate may lead to identity theft)

Due to the importance of your birth certificate as it pertains to your identity, it’s always important to keep it and other important vital records in a safe and secure place. As mentioned above, a lock box or safety deposit box is best. 

16 Comments

  1. I sent my drivers license as you requested, All I want to know is why you say you do not have it?
    I will give you a few more days, this will be reported to the BBB and my state law enforcement agency since you have my birth certificate

    At least you could have a place to speak with someone but its amazing you don’t

    1. Hello Nathan. VitalChek is the order processing service for the vital record agency. We process orders for vital records agencies across the country. We provide the means for customers to enter orders and pay for them electronically. We then submit your order to the appropriate vital record agency so they can pull your record and produce a certified copy of that record. VitalChek does not at any time have physical possession of any vital records. Please contact us with your order number so we can assist you. The quickest way to reach us is via private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek. You can also reach us by phone at 800-255-2414 or by email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  2. Am I able to fill out the form and pick up the birth certificate in person?
    We live in Puerto Rico now.and I will.like to request them and pick up later

    1. The answer may vary depending on the vital record agency involved. We’ll be happy to look into this for you if you contact us. The quickest way to reach us is via private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek where you will usually get a response in a matter of minutes. You can also reach us by phone at 800-255-2414 or by email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  3. Didn’t loose my BC, just wanted a new one. I paid for overnight shipping and it’s been 21 days now and haven’t received it yet. I can’t anyone to call me and tell me what’s going on, I only get auto generated emails saying they are busy so go on line and check your status. I used the source to get something that I needed fast. Not happy . Hopefully this blog will get someone off the couch and do something about it. Social media will be my next rant about this service.

    1. Hello Michael. With the approaching Real ID deadlines, many agencies are experiencing higher than normal order volumes which can result in longer processing times. We apologize that your order is taking longer than expected. Please contact us with your order number so we can provide you with a status update. The quickest way to reach us is via private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek where you will usually get a response in a matter of minutes. You can also reach us by phone at 800-255-2414 or by email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  4. Placed order on January 3, 2020 for birth certificates for my son. Processing time 3-5 days. Still have not received it. Have currently been on hold for an hour and 30 minutes…this is my 3rd time calling. Called last week and had to hang up after 30 min, 2nd time spoke with a rep named Mary after holding for 35 minutes. Said she would look into it and call me back – no response. I have inquired online twice-no response. Paid $62 for 2 copies and shipping. This is truly unacceptable…if I do not receive a response, I’m reporting this to Better Business Bureau. I need the documents.

    1. Hello Elizabeth. We are sorry to hear you have not yet received your order. Please contact us with your order number so we can assist you. The quickest way to reach us is via private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek. You can also reach us by phone at 800-255-2414 or by email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  5. Can you please tell me if I can use someone else card to pay online?

    1. Hello Renita. Payment requirements can vary from state to state. Please contact us so we can assist you. The quickest way to reach us is via private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek. You can also reach us by phone at 800-255-2414 or by email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  6. Your Customer Service phone number listed on my order confirmation e-mail is a fax number so I am unable to ask a simple question about my order.
    The Vital Records Authorization Form doesn’t list what form of ID I need to submit with the completed form or if I need more than one form of ID.
    Please assist.
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Julia. Please contact us with your order number so we can assist you. The quickest way to reach us is via private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek. You can also reach us by phone at 800-255-2414 or by email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  7. Hello,we are trying g to replace my grandson ‘s N.M. Birth certificate. His original was folded and was not accepted as food of identity to obtain an id. The thing is we need a picture is to obtain the B C what can we do?

    1. Hello Maria. According to New Mexico’s entitlement requirements, you, as the grandparent, should be able to place an order in your name for your Grandson’s birth certificate. You would then need to provide your ID for completion of the order.

  8. I was trying to help my granddaughter get her birth certificate. I used my credit card to pay a one time fee. Why did you charge me aanother seven dollars this month.
    ? I have notified my bank to block all other charges from you people and told them to get a refund. Do not try and steal any more money from me or I mwill get an attorney and sue you. You did get the birth certificate but you made sure you got your money upfront before we found out you couldn’t deliver.

    1. We apologize for your frustrating ordering experience. Please contact us with your order number so we can assist you. The quickest way to reach us is via private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek. You can also reach us by phone at 800-255-2414 or by email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

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