Stolen birth certificates are becoming more of a problem when people do not keep this important document secure and safe. When birth certificates are stolen, they create bigger problems for the theft victims.
A birth certificate, the first official form of identification you receive at birth, can be used for proof of identity or to obtain other types of identification and documents, such as:
- Social Security Cards
- Driver’s Licenses
- Government Benefits
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship
- Registering to Vote
- Enlisting in the Military
- Marriable Licenses
- Pension Benefits
- Insurance Benefits
- Apostille Services
- Dual Citizen
- Enrolling in School
- Credit and Financial Transactions
As you can imagine, if someone stole your New York State birth certificate, they could:
- Potentially steal your identity.
- Obtain identification and documents in your name but with their picture.
- Open credit card accounts.
- Get a personal loan.
How Do I Report a Stolen Birth Certificate?
The first thing you need to do is contact the New York State Department of Health and your local police to report your New York State birth certificate was stolen. It is highly recommended to also report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their identity theft government website.
In addition, you should activate some form of credit monitoring service. Most banks and credit card companies offer free monitoring services. You should set up alerts to be immediately notified if someone attempts to open an account or get a loan in your name.
How Do I Replace a Stolen Birth Certificate?
You will need to replace your stolen New York State birth certificate with a new one. The easiest way to do this is online at FastFilings. Ordering a new birth certificate online is also the perfect solution when you were born in New York but no longer reside in the state.
Order online using our service saves you time without having to figure out how to fill out complex forms. Plus, you do not have to leave your home or take time off work to get your new birth certificate.
Your new birth certificate will be a “certified copy,” meaning it is an official document and copy made by the State of New York. It will include an official state stamp or embossed stamp to confirm it is an official copy of your original birth certificate.
What Do I Need to Get My New York State Birth Certificate Online?
You will need to provide some basic information to request a new birth certificate, including:
- Your Full Name
- City or Town of Birth
- Date of Birth
- Your Sex at Birth
- Your Parents’ Names
- Picture ID
If you are adopted, you will need to choose whether you want your original birth certificate with your biological parents or your amended birth certificate with your adoptive parents.
After you complete the online application, we use your information to complete the official New York State application. We will send you documents to sign and date. Simply follow our instructions. Your new New York State birth certificate will be sent to you in the mail.
Once you receive your new birth certificate, make sure to put it in a secure location like a safety deposit box or home security safe.
To request your new New York birth certificate, get started now at FastFilings today! If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to reach out to us using our online contact form.