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Birth Certificate

Legal record of a person’s birth.

You may be asked to provide a birth certificate to verify your identity or date of birth if you were not issued a Social Security number at birth or if you were born in another country.

Options if you don’t have a birth certificate

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • State ID card
  • Social Security award letter

Possible alternative options

  • Baptismal certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Medicare or Medicaid summary of benefits statement

Tips for a smoother application process

  • Make sure documents are clear and legible.
  • Don't alter any pages (no strikethroughs, cross-outs, etc.).
  • Send all pages, even the blank ones.