Just like any other document, it is highly important to have a certified true copy of the birth certificate. Canadian birth certificates must be obtained from the vital statistics office of the province in which the event occurred. In most cases, as a sufficient form of identification, a clear photocopy of your original birth certificate will not be taken. Instead, you will need to have a “certified” true copy of your birth certificate issued by the state that registered your birth. Also, Instead of sending your original birth certificate to a government agency or financial institution, you can file a certified copy of the document to avoid the risk of losing or destroying your original birth certificate that can be costly and time-consuming to replace.
When is a certified true copy of birth certificate required?
For educational, jobs, immigration and government purposes, the need for a certified copy of your birth certificate generally exists as supporting documentation. Certificates of birth act as a record of where a birth took place. A certified copy, therefore, usually reflects appropriate citizenship evidence. In general, when applying for a certified copy of your birth certificate, you can require:
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EXAMPLES OF WHY A BIRTH CERTIFICATE WOULD NEED TO BE CERTIFIED
Obtaining Family Law value of your pension – The FSRA sets out the process to follow and the documents to provide by you and your spouse/former spouse to obtain the Family Law Value of your pension from the CAAT. One of the main documents to use is a certified birth certificate true copy without which the process cannot be completed. A birth certificate is the most commonly accepted documents for proof of a date of birth.
Proof of Citizenship – If you need to prove your Canadian citizenship, you can apply for a citizenship certificate by showing your certified birth certificate as a proof.
Health Card – To apply for a health card, you must submit your original or appropriately certified true copy of a birth certificate or passport.
Saskatchewan Express Entry – For Saskatchewan Express Entry, a certified birth certificate is must to show not just for yourself but for a close family member as well.
School Admissions – Among the conditions for enrollment, most schools have a birth certificate requirement for enrolment and registration. A birth certificate is a proof of identity and age. It means the student is who he or she actually says she is and is in the right age-based class.
Obtaining a Driver’s License – Most states require a birth certificate to prove identity and age to obtain, and in some cases renew, a driver’s license. You may want to talk with someone at the department of driver services first, but it never hurts to bring along the certificate as proof even if it is not required.
Marriage certificate – In some states and provinces she marriage license process may involve proving identity by providing a birth certificate. This only makes sense because the marriage license is a very important document that is used for legal purposes beyond just getting married.
Signing Up for Sports – Especially in youth sports, there is often an age requirement. This protects children from accidental injury by older kids. Since it is required, you may have to provide a proof of age, usually in the form of a certified birth certificate.
Travel – You’ll need a birth certificate as it’s one of the requirements for obtaining a passport, of course. However, it is often used in other circumstances too. Many cruise lines require that passengers provide a birth certificate upon boarding, especially when a passport may not be required, so they can prove identity.
Social Insurance Card – If you need a new copy of your social insurance card, you may be asked to furnish a copy of your birth certificate as well as another proof of identity.
General Identification – You never know when you may need to provide additional proof of identity for a job, bank related issue or to obtain a mortgage. While you won’t be asked to furnish your certificate on a daily basis, it may surprise you how often it is required.
The above mentioned are just a few of the reasons why you might need a birth certificate for yourself or family members. Just remember, make sure you have a certified copy that will meet your needs. In most cases, documents needed for official use will need to be a government authorized certified copy. Do some research and avoid a hassle at a very inopportune time!