HOW TO GET A BIRTH CERTIFICATE
A birth certificate is necessary for enrollment in a school, military, or if you need to get a passport. You also need the certificate to get your driving license if you lack a passport. The government is responsible for the issuance of the certificate as it keeps all records of births for planning reasons. To apply for private and government benefits like insurance and retirement benefits, you need to show a copy of the birth certificate.
During school enrollment, the certificate is proof that the child is old enough to attend schooling. When you need a certificate, do not go to the hospital where the kid was born, but start with the relevant agency. All states have agencies that deal with the issuance of the certificate. First, you must have all the relevant statistics including the name of the child and parents, date of birth, and place of birth of the child. In some instances, you need to avail a photo ID. If you lose a certificate, you can get a replacement at a fee upon inquiry. Processing of requests happen fast and can take a few minutes.
Delivery can take weeks depending on the mode of delivery. For example, you want the certificate via direct mail. It can take two or four weeks. However, you can pay additional levies to expedite the service and delivery. In some states, you can get overnight service. It can take longer when making the request during late summer as many parents are making requests for the certificate to enable their kids to join a school.
Before making an application, you need to issue proof of identity documents, which you can send by mail or submit in person. Making an application requires downloading and complete filling of the application form. Upon complete filling, present the form together with the proof of identity documents and payment to the service center. How you apply determines how fast you will get the certificate.
For official purposes, you can use the standard birth certificate as the proof of identity for official purposes like getting government benefits, driver license, passport, and school enrollment. Birth registration typically happens in the country that birth took place, as the person becomes a citizen by birth.
Who can register?
A mother can register the birth of the child, whether married or not. The mother can also do the registration together with the father. A father can only register if he is in a marriage with the mother or if the mother has a statutory declaration naming the man as the father of the child. Parental responsibility agreement or a court order can mandate a person to register the birth of the child. The parents can name the child with any surname or first name they choose. It is not a must that the surname is similar to that of the parents.