Birth certificates are one of the most important public records in the country. For every child born in a state, the government requires a birth certificate to be made. Not only does it help track the population size, it also contains vital details such as a child’s name, the date and place of birth, and who the parents are—all of which can be used to identify a person.
Throughout your life, there will be many times when this document will prove to be useful: as a teenager eager to get your driver’s license and rule the road with your first car, perhaps as a young professional getting a passport for your first out-of-country business trip, or maybe as a deeply-in-love man or woman applying for a marriage license.
In many cases though, people only think about birth certificates when they need them and often scramble to remember where they stuck this vital piece of paper. It’s important to gather you and your family’s birth certificates—as well as other important documents like land titles and marriage contracts—and place them in a single binder so they won’t be misplaced. You can then keep these documents in a small safe to protect them from calamities like floods and fires.
Your birth certificate is a piece of who you are, so be sure to take care of it. Organizing and keeping it in a safe place will spare you from the headache of losing it and having to request for another copy.