Replace Lost or Stolen Identification (ID) Cards
Identification (ID) cards help you prove who you are, where you live or work, and what benefits you’re entitled to.
Tip: To get any type of replacement ID card, you may need to show or mail in other official documents (like a birth certificate) to prove who you are. Check the agency’s website to find out what documents you’ll need to bring or mail. Find out if they can be copies or if they need to be original documents.
Tip: Depending on where you live, you may have the option to apply online for replacement cards. Some states and some types of cards may require you to get replacement cards in person or by mail.Vital Records Issued in the United States
How to Replace Your Lost or Destroyed Vital Records After a Disaster
Replacing all important documents that were lost or destroyed in a flood, fire, or other disaster can be overwhelming. Although the process varies from state to state, these general steps can help you get started.
Apply for a passport or government benefits
Enroll in school
Join the military
Claim pension or insurance benefits
If you need a copy, where you were born will determine how to get it.
A divorce certificate is issued by a state vital records office. It shows that a divorce occurred but does not state all the same information as a divorce decree. You can save time and money by determining which document you need before requesting a copy.How to Find Adoption Records
Contact a State Agency to Obtain Adoption Records
You may be able to get identifying or non-identifying information about your adoption. What information you can obtain will depend on state statutes. Some states have age restrictions or require court proceedings to get information about an adoptee’s birth.
Non-identifying information includes:
The adoptee’s birth date and place of birth
The birth parents’:
Siblings’ gender, age, and other non-identifying information depending on the state
The reason why the child was put up for adoption
Identifying information includes:
Current or past names
By searching the Child Welfare Information Gateway, you can find out which state agency to contact to get adoption records.