Do birth certificates expire?

No, birth certificates issued in the USA do not have an expiration date. A birth certificate is a permanent record of an individual’s identity. Since it serves as proof of an event (a birth, in this case) that has occurred in the past, it does not have an expiration date.

However, if you have lost your birth certificate or if it is any way degraded or if not all information is clearly visible, then you are required to obtain a new copy.