Perhaps yours will be put in a box or archived for security reasons. You probably have one: a birth certificate. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on any given day in the U.S. an estimated 12,800 babies are born in the U.S., or one birth every seven seconds. Most, if not all, birth certificates are issued. A birth certificate is a document issued by a government that records the birth of a child for important tax, military and census purposes. The birth certificate is one of the first legal documents a person can obtain. They are so common that we might even overlook their importance. In the United States, birth certificates serve as proof of a person's age, citizenship and identity. You must obtain a Social Security number, apply for a passport, enroll in schools, obtain a driver's license, get a job, or apply for other benefits. Humanitarian Desmond Tutu described the birth certificate as "a small role, but one that actually establishes who you are and gives access to the rights and privileges and duties of citizenship.
In US there are no national (federal) birth dates, as can be seen in other countries such as the United Kingdom. Instead, birth certificates are issued by states that are legally required to report important statistical data to the federal government on an annual basis. (Note that the US State Department collects this data when a baby is born abroad by American parents). Within each state, the administration of birth certificates could be further decentralized by collecting data and issuing certificates at the district or municipal level. Parents, doctors, midwives, and hospitals submit birth data to the state, county, or municipality, usually in printed or electronic form. Federal and/or state governments use this data to understand demographic change, birth trends, maternal and fetal health and mortality, new parent demographics, and other trends that inform policy makers.
The documentation of births and other key statistics (e.g. births, deaths, marriages, divorces) has a long tradition among the population, typically by individual families or their churches, over centuries. The idea that a government should also record this important information is a relatively modern development.
Within this distributed system there is no standard mandatory birth certificate document that states must issue to individuals. However, the federal government does provide a standard birth certificate application form, the U.S. Standard Life Birth Certificate, which states use to collect data on individual births. States are then free to submit their own birth certificates for distribution to individuals. The federal government provides the states with guidance on the information that should appear on certificates. Both the standard birth certificate and the guidelines for birth certificate documents issued by states are regularly updated according to the requirements of the Model Vital Statistics of States Act (1959). In this context, the National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 14,000 different birth certificate documents are in circulation in the United States with a standard birth certificate application form and without a standard birth certificate document. . This "Teaching Legal Docs" considers both the standard form for applying for a live birth certificate in the USA and a typical government-issued birth certificate document.
Birth certificates in the United States generally consist of the Standard Living Certificate of Birth application form, which states use to collect data for the issuance of a formal birth certificate, and the U.S. Birth Certificate document. Birth certificate showing that persons have been issued.
Currently, the Standard Living Certificate of Birth looks like an application where boxes ask for specific data. The full form is two pages long and consists of 58 questions. The questions relate to the newborn baby and its mother and father. For the child, the application form asks for name, date of birth, place of birth, weight, height and other important statistics. The form also asks whether the child was born in a hospital, whether it is a twin or a "multiple" and whether it was born with a health condition. The form asks the mother and father for a name, address and other racial, ethnic and demographic information. There are also questions about the mother's health during pregnancy. The standard life birth certificate must also be certified by a doctor who was present at the birth or is conducting an examination. In general, the child's parents complete the standard birth certificate, then have it certified by a doctor and submit it to the state, county or municipality that issues the final birth certificate document to the child.
The birth certificate document issued by the state is usually very different from the standard form for live birth certificates. It usually has a more formal appearance and is printed on thicker paper, with the name and stamp of the state, county or municipality issuing it clearly visible. There may be a watermark or the signature of a state official on the page. The information presented is generally basic compared to the previous application form. The birth certificate document contains the person's name, date and place of birth and other important information. In general, the names, addresses, dates of birth and occupations of the mother and father are listed. In general, copies of birth certificates issued by the state are also certified, i.e. they contain a stamp stamped exclusively by the issuer (state, county or municipality) and a signature. If birth certificates are required for identification purposes, they must generally be certified and contain the stamped stamp in order to be properly validated.
It is rare for a birth certificate to require a change, but each issuing state, county or municipality has protocols in place to request changes. However, laws about what can be changed and why vary from state to state. Sometimes birth certificates contain errors, so the requested change may be a simple correction. Other common changes in birth certificate documents are name changes and increasingly gender changes. Every state allows name corrections and changes, but not all states allow a sex change in a birth certificate. It is important to contact the issuing state, county or municipality to report changes to the birth certificate. Contact information for changing a birth certificate is usually provided on each state's website, usually through key statistics, the Department of Health or the Secretary of State.
Like established protocols for requesting changes, each state has established protocols for requesting copies of birth certificate documents. Requests can usually be made online through a state's website. A simple search on the Internet for the name of the state + "request birth certificate" should be enough to direct you to an important statistics office, health department or office. Secretary of State. Many states charge a modest fee for copies, especially certified copies.