Losing your ID and other important documents is one of the most annoying things that can happen. Fortunately, it is possible to replace all of your vital records and documents. Even though it will take some time, you will be able to get a new ID, social security card, and any other document you might have lost.
If your documents were stolen, you might want to first call 311 to inquiry how to file a police report near you. You need to file a report to avoid getting fined for not having certain documentation on you. The sooner you make the report, the less likely that another person can commit identity theft using your documents.
How do I replace my driver’s license without my birth certificate?
Depending on your state, replacing your driver’s license will not be too difficult. In some states, you will be able to replace your driver’s license without the original copy of other identifying documents. With that said, the process of replacing this document will be simpler if you do have a copy of your birth certificate or your driver’s license number.
The procedure of replacing a driver’s license varies from state to state. Check with your local DMV about how to complete the application form and all the requirements.
How do I replace my social security card without my birth certificate?
Losing one’s social security card or getting it stolen can be stressful. If this happens, you should contact the Social Security Administration as soon as possible. To successfully replace your social security card you need your birth certificate.
Currently, it is not possible to replace your social security card without a birth certificate. Getting a birth certificate nowadays is a simple enough process. You can complete a birth certificate application online. If you need to get the birth certificate with urgency to replace all your other documents you can pay for the rush service available. This means that you could receive your birth certificate within 2 to 3 business days, depending on your state.
Besides a birth certificate, you also need a state issued ID, like a driver’s license or a passport. If you don’t have a passport or a driver’s license, you need to file the respective application forms. A birth certificate can make it easier to obtain both of these documents.
How can I replace my birth certificate after losing my ID?
The birth certificate is an essential document. It is needed to obtain several other documents, including a passport. If you have lost all of your IDs and don't have a Social Security card replacement, the best thing you can do is to first get a certified copy of your birth certificate.
To replace your birth certificate check whether you can obtain a certified copy without any identification and follow your vital records office instructions. Several states don’t require a government-issued photo ID to get a replacement certificate. You can order a birth certificate online. All you need is the pertinent information, such as dates, the reason or need for the certificate, and who you need it for.
Some states allow your mother or father, whose names are on the birth certificate, to submit a notarized letter with a copy of their photo ID in order to obtain a replacement certificate.
If you need a government-issued photo ID, it might be possible for you to get a replacement of your driver’s license first. This will depend on your state.
Remember that, beginning October 2020, you will need a federal compliant card (passport, military ID or Real ID) in order to board a domestic flight or access some federal facilities.