IMPORTANT: For most, a birth certificate is the most critical ID you will need and the easiest one to get while still incarcerated. START THE PROCESS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

  1. What is a birth certificate, and why would I need it?

  2. What is the general process for getting a copy of my birth certificate?

  3. How do I get a document “notarized”?

  4. Why do I want an “authorized, certified” copy?

  5. If You Were Born in the U.S.—Different Situations:

    1. (1) If you were born in California:

    2. (2) If you were born in the U.S.A. outside of California:

    3. (3) If you were born in the U.S., but no record of your birth was found:

  6. If You Were Adopted and Don’t Know Where You Were Born:

    1. I am adopted and I don’t know where I was born. What can I do?

  7. If You Were Born Outside of the U.S.A. — Different Situations:

    1. (1) If you are a U.S. Citizen born to U.S. Citizen parent(s) in another country

    2. (2) If you were born in another country and you are not a U.S. citizen

    3. (3) If you are a naturalized citizen