Once a baby is born both a certificate of live birth and a baby's birth certificate are issued. The certificate of live birth is an unofficial document issued by the hospital for data entry purposes. It cannot be used as a replacement for a birth certificate. While the birth certificate documents the place of birth, the certificate of life birth states that the baby is medically alive.
Once the hospital issues the certificate of live birth, it is sent to the Vital Records office so they can create and issue the birth certificate.
The certificate of live birth includes:
- The baby's name
- Parents' names
- Doctors' names
- Date of birth
- Name of person completing the record
The purpose of the certificate of live birth is to verify that the registrant was born and is alive by medical standards, whereas the birth certificate verifies identity.