How Can I Get Duplicate Birth Certificate?
When you lose an important document it’s a horror story right? When the document lost is your birth certificate, your very existence is tagged with a big fat question mark. What do you in such a scenario? Simple! You have two options:
- You follow the internet meme which reads, “Keep Calm and Carry On” or,
- You follow another internet meme which reads, “Now Panic and Freak Out”.
Which one will you follow? We suggest you follow the first one! Keep calm and carry on reading this article. Here you will get the steps to get a copy of your original birth certificate. Remember, we said ‘copy’, which essentially means a duplicate. But you know what? You won’t really get a copy which will be tagged as duplicate. It is just another copy which is considered as your original birth certificate.
So, here is how you get a duplicate birth certificate:
Step 1: Read this article till the very end and if necessary, get a print of the steps that you need to follow.
Step 2: After you have finished reading this whole article, step out of your home and head for the municipal corporation office.
Step 3: Ask around and identify the ward office that deals with birth certificates.
Step 4: Depending on the state you live in; you may be asked to:
- Fill in an application form that will be provided by the ward office.
- Write a letter to the officer of the ward office, requesting the issuance of a copy of birth certificate.
Step 5: Pay the necessary fee and walk away with a receipt. A date will be mentioned to you.
Step 6: Get back to the same office on specified date and collect your copy of birth certificate.
You don’t like how the offices or municipal corporation talk to you? Don’t worry! You are not alone on this! We too hate their tone and attitude. Good news! You can ditch the municipal corporation altogether and opt for a second route.
The second method of getting duplicate birth certificate:
Walk or ride straight to the Public Health Department of your city. Spell out that you have lost the birth certificate. Will be a kind of an embarrassing thing to do but there is nothing you can do about it. Collect a form and come back. Fill it up and send it by post. You will have to pay a fee. Exactly how you need to pay will be mentioned in the form and you will also get to know about the same verbally while collecting the form. The copy may be sent to you by post or you may have to physically go there and get the copy of the birth certificate.
Final method of getting duplicate birth certificate:
Let us be honest at the very beginning. We cannot guarantee you that this will work. We are referring to an online method. This method works only if:
- The municipal corporation of your area has an official website that offers online application for a duplicate birth certificate.
- Even if there is a website, the website actually works and is maintained regularly.
If at all there is an option, feel free to use it. You may be required to make the payment online using a payment gateway. Even if the whole thing works as intended, you will have to get the copy of birth certificate manually from the office.
We will suggest you rather use the first or the second option to be on the safe side. After all, it is your birth certificate.
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