Official government identification documents are incredibly important things you need to have, but they can also be surprisingly easy to lose. When you lose one or more of your official forms of identification, such as a birth certificate, social security card, or state ID card, it can be a serious hassle, and it’s not always easy to know what to do next. If you need to order a new birth certificate, social security card, or state ID, here’s how to go about it.
Replacing a Birth Certificate
Having a copy of your birth certificate is incredibly helpful in certain situations, especially when it comes to obtaining other forms of identification. For official purposes, you will need to have a notarized original copy of your birth certificate. If you only have a (non-notarized) copy, you will not be able to use it in any official capacity. The good news is, you can obtain a new official, notarized copy of your birth certificate.
In order to get a new birth certificate, you will have to contact the records bureau of the state in which you were born. In most cases, you will need to write them a letter that includes your personal information and a copy of your driver’s license (or another form of officially issued photo ID). It can take up to 15 days for the new birth certificate to be shipped, and you will most likely have to pay a fee.
Replacing a Social Security Card
In order to replace a social security card, you will need two forms of official identification: proof of citizenship and proof of identity. In most cases, the best way to provide proof of citizenship is your notarized birth certificate (if you became naturalized as a citizen later in life, you will need to provide another type of proof of citizenship). Proof of identity can take the form of any officially issued state ID, such as a driver’s license. You are only allowed 10 social security card replacements during your lifetime and can request a maximum of 3 during a calendar year.
Replacing a State ID
State ID cards (such as driver’s licenses) are generally easier to replace than social security cards or birth certificates. On the other hand, losing a state ID can be much more annoying in the short term, as they are the most commonly used form of ID in day-to-day interactions. The rules for replacing state ID cards vary depending on the state, which means you’ll have to contact the relevant office in your particular state to find out the exact method for replacing your state ID. In most cases, that means contacting your local DMV.
ID Storage Tips
In order to protect your official documents, it’s important to keep them stored in a safe place. Do NOT keep your birth certificate and social security card in your wallet or purse. Instead, store them in a safe place in your home where you will be able to find them easily, but where they will not be lost if your state ID is ever stolen.
Find out more about ordering a copy of your birth certificate by calling us at 415-528-2585.
7/29/2018 02:15:51 am
No birth certificate or ss card or id how do i get replacements. Mother passed away and father unknown. Just turned 18 what do i do?
3/14/2019 12:32:55 am
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2/9/2023 09:12:33 am
I need to know how to obtain any one of these documents the easiest way possible because I am in the exact same situation don't have I'd, social security card, birth certificate and my mother and father are deceased
Jasmine Selene Maldonado
3/8/2023 11:43:24 am
I'm in the same boat. No form of i.d. , no birth or social. My parents are reluctant cuz they filed a warrant against me and when they finally went to the police station to remove it after 2yrs passed, the officers told them it barely got finalized and cant be removed unless i go thru court now. My parents say i cant get anything because of the warrant. Idk who to go to or what to do. Please help. I need my stuff so i can finally cash my income. I cant with this anymore
4/5/2023 06:39:11 pm
I really need help getting my birth certificate I don’t have I.d or birth certificate but I do have my social security for what I think that don’t help me get neither please asking for help.
7/22/2019 10:35:50 pm
I had all my identification stolen with my bank card well when I called to stop my bank card n have a new one sent to me I was informed I had to send n a paper proving I am me well I have to have money to order birth certificate n got to have money to get to social security office idk what to do a friend told me I could go to the county jail and they could give me a paper to get new identification card made so I could get another bank card then I can get a another social security card n birth certificate can someone please tell me if I can get a paper from the jail to get a Identification card made I live n FL n I have a jail record unfortunately but I'm at my ends I have all my bills coming up n can't do anything about them without my identification card someone please tell me what I can do
10/10/2020 04:38:58 am
I'm 20 About to be 21 I've been trying to get my id for two years now i never had my id and when i tried getting it i realized i had no photo id of myself or SSC all i could get is my birth certificate but no one can has helped me with my getting a photo Id document I've tried looking it up but no one has answers they just say you need your driver's license or id .... Please help me
11/21/2020 12:19:21 pm
A suggestion, high school or college records may have a picture ID of you.
11/8/2021 05:51:51 pm
Did you ever figure it out im 22 with the same problem?
7/20/2022 07:57:11 am
Same exact thing I'm dealing with.
12/3/2022 08:22:40 am
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Can someone please help me Im 22 and my ID expired in 2016 I have been trying to renew my ID For a WHILE now I don’t have my birth certificate nor copy my mom passed away and she had them and I don’t have them I don’t have a passport as well I have tried to get a copy of my birth certificate but I need a valid ID and I don’t have one just my expired ID and when I try to renew my ID it’s the same problem I can’t get it wit out a birth certificate, idk what else todo and I need my ID asap
4/16/2022 06:15:47 am
31 yrs old need id have no birth certificate
My parents are not married. My father has another or real wife.
4/21/2022 03:41:01 am
People are going to tell u to use your drivers license an if you don't have one then what?
12/9/2022 05:51:05 pm
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12/10/2022 03:24:05 pm
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1/23/2019 07:34:27 pm
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7/12/2019 12:46:03 am
I have no ssc,birth or id of any form and I live in Oregon how do I get one or all?
4/16/2022 06:19:11 am
how do I go about getting birth certificate or id
2/28/2023 08:15:24 pm
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7/16/2019 10:42:21 am
Did you find any answers we are in the same boat no ss card, no I'd no birth cartificate
8/15/2019 08:09:15 pm
Only option is parent on Birth certificate can get new copy for you. In case I helping my boyfriend deal with he's truly fucked cause only his mother was on his birth certificate and she had passed away (actually his family burnt his documents out of spite towards him when she died) so 4 lawyers later and a meeting with state senator even we still have no answers. But if parents on document still alive on they can order it with their ID for you as they'd be documented on the original copy
7/23/2019 12:56:21 am
Can FL jail give me a paper to get FL identification card made
8/15/2019 08:04:47 pm
I have a friend trying to get this taken care of but can not get new birth certificate copy cause State license lapsed, his social card and birth certificate were lost. The lawyers stated parent on certificate was only one could get it ordered however his mother was passed away and father wasnt on the original certificate (as was in prison at time and mother refused to allow him on it) how can he get a proper valid copy with no IDs and no living parent that was on the original? We habe hired multiple lawyers and gotten nowhere its in state of Massachusetts btw
10/23/2019 08:11:54 pm
I just trun 21 I have no State Id or SSC or birth certificate can anyone please.give me any tips for how I can help on this please and thank,you
12/27/2019 11:58:16 am
MY BABY MAMAwent to jail how do i get my son S.S.NUMBER i have birth certificate for my son Have id coming in the mail i need IT ASAP SO i can get day care n file for taxes i just need his ss
9/10/2021 09:13:42 am
Im jus chillin wit yo BM she said she wish it was 2 of us
1/21/2020 09:53:44 pm
I have no birth certificate no id and no social Security card but I have a school id. What do i do?
5/5/2020 04:40:58 am
I have no photogenic evidence, records or proof to obtain my birth certificate, ID or SS Card. All were stolen 3 years ago and I am so desperately trying to get I'd so I can get a job and be a legal citizen again. I live in Nebraska, born in Colorado. No family can help. What can I do? Can I pay an attorney?
5/17/2020 11:28:29 pm
I became homeless and lost ALL forms of ID. I live in Las Vegas Nv. And have had ID here but that was years ago. I have an arrest record and a photo "jail" card. Will this help me at all?
7/24/2020 11:57:13 am
My bro does not have an ID. So they ask you have birth certificate, no. You have SS card. No . You have anything under your name No.. So what is one to do? Help a sister out please
8/17/2020 03:10:41 am
all of my paperwork concerning my birth certificate social security card ID was stolen and I am trying to get a new social security card and ID as well but I do not have the paperwork what other paperwork can I get to prove that I am who I say I am
9/28/2020 10:27:10 am
I have lost all of my I.D. And don’t know how to get id without any documents to prove who I am so all that I do have is a digital photo of my state id and I don’t know what to do now!
11/21/2020 12:04:53 pm
You can reorder another ID through your state and it will be sent back to original address on your Original ID card
1/26/2023 12:36:33 am
I WAS LOOKING UP HOW TO GET A NEW BIRTH CERT AND FOUND TO COMMENTS WITH THE NAME LESA. THATS MY NAME AND ITS SPELLED SO DIFFERENT THAT IT HAS ME CONCERNED, BECAUSE IM GOING THROUGH A THEFT OF ID. THANKS
9/28/2020 01:25:18 pm
I need a id card i have no birth certificate how can i get a id live in nj
Angel alberto perez lopez
11/12/2020 08:40:41 pm
I do have my mas id but it espired so when i when to the registry of motor vehicles to renew it they told me that i need it to obtain the new birth certificate according for to obtain a new id . but know it sinmed that i can get neither because my id espired and i been having a defecal problem trying to obtaining my birth certificate from puerto rico.
5/2/2021 01:34:27 am
I have been looking for my birth certificate for 4 years, the government are saying they can't fine it. I have no iD either. I have 100.000 dolor lone I need to pay back and can't because I can not get a job. I am in trouble and need help.
I dont care
7/20/2021 01:30:10 pm
This website is as useless as our government is when we have bad and our governor and president didn't have the government turned into such pussies that they can't have open door policy and help somebody everyone else in America is going face-to-face helping people not our government offices
2/23/2022 11:11:07 am
i am curious. if a person for some reason has never had a birth certificate issued, what would be the process for securing one. i am a victim of identity theft and feel one reason for the aggression is that a person really does not know the procedure and/or they have experienced a circumstance where a birth certificate was never issued. How to get this matter in a better position would be valuable!
3/16/2022 06:55:20 pm
Please help me I urgently need to get a ID CARD so I can start working. WHAT CAN I DO. LICENSE IS EXPIRED AND I CAN'T RENEW IT AT THE MOMENT. PLEASE HELP ME!!!
4/1/2022 11:56:48 am
I was born overseas, and my birth certificate was stolen in America. I want to apply for US passport. What should I do?
meranda lynn warren
4/5/2022 12:26:31 am
i dont have any form of idenitfication
10/24/2022 12:01:04 pm
My husband whom is 62 was born in California we are in missouri lost as card years ago recently lost license which has since expired help
12/3/2022 08:24:53 am
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Ezra Allen Smith
1/19/2023 01:06:08 am
My mom told me I was born in a camper in the middle of nowhere (supposably Washington state) and she's from Canada but not legally living in the US. So when she had me she didn't tell any hospitals or government officials cause she is a criminal. But pretty much for the majority of my life I was cut off from the outside world. All I knew was living in the woods, watching vhs in the camper so that's where I get a good amount of my knowledge from funny enough. Homeschooled and yada yada. But when i was in my mid teens she became less scared about going into public cause she's have me sit on the street corners collecting as much money with a sign as I could. So we could buy food, booze, cigs. But recently I discovered my sexuality and came out to her and immediately was kicked out. So I traveled to Seattle and was homeless there for a bit and then hitchhiked I-5 down to California hoping to try and get a fresh start. Only problem is I have no birth certificate at all. No social security number. Nothing. I've gone in the social security office several times and when I tell them my story they literally have no clue what to do. I don't know if having my finger prints checked would do good since I haven't been arrested or anything. Seriously if someone could just help me. How can I legally become a person and not be a living John doe.
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