When you are a child, your parents or guardians take care of all your records, including the birth certificate. However, as soon as you are of adult age, this becomes your responsibility.
Sometimes records are lost permanently, which could prove to be a big problem in your everyday life. In the case of the birth certificate, if a person has lost or misplaced it irrevocably or otherwise doesn't have a birth certificate, they can have someone else furnish an Affidavit of Birth testifying to their birth details.
On the Affidavit of Birth, the affiant swears to have been born at a time and place as recorded. The affiant is usually one of the living parents, but any older relative who was of this earth at the time of the birth can attest to the birth details.
If not a relative, a medical staff member, such as a doctor or nurse, can also serve as the affiant.
Depending on your state, an Affidavit of Birth may also be known as:
By all accounts, an Affidavit of Birth can serve several self-same purposes as the birth certificate. You can use an Affidavit of Birth instead of your birth certificate whenever needed, though that is getting rarer and rarer today. You may need a birth certificate in certain jurisdictions to apply for a marriage license, but anything bearing your DOB should work, including your driver's license and passport.
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Before signing, the affiant should review and confirm the accuracy of the document. For the Affidavit of Birth to be valid, the affiant must sign it in front of a notary public.
After the Affidavit of Birth is notarized, you can use it to apply for a new birth certificate. If needed, you can also use it to apply for school admission, a marriage license, your passport, or driver's license.
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