ID Documents That are Accepted
by Some States
to Qualify for a Delayed Birth Certificate:
Baptismal Certificate/Circumcision Certificate
Military ID or Discharge Papers (DD-214)
Voter Registration Card (ridiculously easy to obtain)
Marriage license (or completed application form)
Social Security Number Confirmation (from SSA) or SSN Application
Lease Contract or Application
Your Child's Birth Certificate
Newspaper Notice of Your Birth
Family Bible Record
Sibling Birth Certificate
Union Membership Card
Note: Some states require that these documents be at least five
years old or that they were issued after your fifth or tenth birthday.
Ask for details.
Last update: November 4, 2016
can see - there's plenty of room to maneuver here. Some of these documents
are much easier to obtain than others. One particularly interesting document
they will accept is a signed statement from someone who was present at your
birth. Some have reported that such a statement can be easily forged. A
close friend of your mother's might very well have witnessed your birth.
you know that almost a third of the people walking the streets never had
their birth properly recorded with the vital records department? Itís true! Births were not recorded for a variety of
reasons. Some parents belonged to religions that actively discouraged
registering an infant's birth.
Some children were born in such poverty that the paperwork was the last
thing on the parent's mind. Some were born in remote areas where access to
government was severely limited.
During the free-love 1960s many unmarried couples had kids and had no
interest in filling out "big brother's" forms. Some babies were born in
cults who discouraged such registration. And some were adopted which leads
to a host of birth registration problems.
births were never recorded because of strong religious objections. Quakers
and others refused to register their newborn babies. If someone's parents
were religious Quakers it would easily explain why there was no record of