In most forms of government
, the Birth Certificate
is an official legal document usually describing
- Name at Birth
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth (City, Region, Country)
- Birth Registration Number
- Legal Parent(s)
The official birth certificate is stored at a government record office. The person also holds an official birth certificate.
In Canada and the United States of America, it is stored with the state/province's government.
The birth certificate is used to authenticate your identity and nationality, and assist with obtaining government ids, such as a passport or driver's license. With it, you are usually naturalized with the country of birth, but some nations are changing that law.