Whereas a birth certificate provides legal proof of a registered birth registered and is a certified copy of a birth record, a birth-verification letter is just a letter stating whether or not a birth was registered with that state. Only Texas issues birth verification letters at the moment.
If the record exists, the birth verification letter will include the name, date of birth, county of birth, and state file number. It can also be orderd online for births registered in Texas from 1903 to the present.
In order to apply for a birth verification letter online, you will need to provide:
- The full name of the individual on the birth certificate
- The date of their birth
- The city/county where they were born
- The full maiden name of the mother listed on the birth certificate (if known)
- The full name of the father listed on the birth certificate (if known)
However, birth verification letters are not always accepted in place of birth certificates, so it is strongly advised to check that the birth-verification letter is a valid documenet for your intended use.