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Learn about US birth certificates, death certificates, and other vital records. Understand the different terms related to vital records in the United States, what purposes they serve, and more.

Since 2017, married same-sex parents in the United States have had the right to enter both their names on a child’s birth certificate when registering a birth. This was permitted following a US Supr...

As attitudes to gender fluidity change over time, so too do the rules for representing a change of gender on your vital records. Today there are around 1.4 million transgender people living in the U...

A birth certificate is an important legal document —in fact, it is the first official document a citizen is issued in their life. As such, a birth certificate is used to obtain other government-is...

If you or your family members have served in the military you may be entitled to veteran benefits. This allows former personnel to access advantages such as health care, education, and other support...

Applying for a passport, driver’s license, or enrolling children in a new school are procedures that require an official birth certificate copy to be presented.

The easiest way to obtain a legal...

Obtaining your birth certificate is a relatively straightforward process. You just have to complete your state’s birth certificate form, pay the state fees, mail it and, you will receive your cer...

The Vital Records Modernization Act, a new vital records law for the state of Washington, will come into effect starting January 1st, 2021.

The new law will have important effects on the way the...