Get copies of vital records and ID cards
Find out how to replace vital documents such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and more.
How to replace lost or stolen ID cards
Rules for replacing government-issued ID cards vary. Many require you to show an official document, like your birth certificate. This proves your identity or citizenship.
How to get a certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
Learn how to get a certified copy of your birth certificate.
How to get a copy of a marriage certificate or a marriage license
A marriage license legally allows you to marry. A marriage certificate proves you got married. How you get copies depends on whether you married in the U.S. or abroad.
How to get a copy of a divorce decree or certificate
A divorce decree is a court order ending a marriage. A divorce certificate is a vital document proving a divorce occurred. How you get copies depends on which document you want.
How to get a certified copy of a death certificate
Many organizations require a certified copy of the death certificate when someone dies. How you get copies depends on whether the person died in the U.S. or abroad.