Certified Birth Certificate
Do I need a Certified Birth Certificate?
What is a certified birth certificate?
A certified birth certificate has a registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office, which must be within 1 year of your birth. Please note that some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes. You can obtain a new certificate by contacting the state Dept. of Vital Records/Health Services or the county of your birth.
What do you mean by “long-form” birth certificate?
This birth certificate contains all relevant birth information including: 1) Mother’s name and age at time of birth 2) Father’s name and age at time of birth 3) Filing date and number 4) Hospital of birth (perhaps). If any of this information is missing, you probably do not have a valid birth certificate.
Are photocopies of my birth certificate or naturalization certificate accepted?
Will I get my birth certificate back?
Yes! It will be sent to you with your new passport.
I refuse to send my original birth certificate.
Then you don’t get a passport.
Where can I get a replacement birth certificate?
Copy/paste the link below get you started! http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm
Are hospital-issued birth certificates acceptable?
No. You must obtain a certified birth certificate from the county/state of birth.