by David P. Bell on Jun 14, 2018 Birth Certificate
Elsewhere, the document has more diverse purposes. In Sudan, a birth certificate has to be presented before a child can enroll in school. In the United States, birth certificates are required to register with Native American tribes. In Sri Lanka, a birth certificate makes it possible to respect a minimum age of criminal responsibility; without it, police may informally estimate (and possibly exaggerate) children's ages. In the United Kingdom, birth certificates help establish eligibility to join the armed forces.
The importance of having a certified copy of your birth certificate should never be understated. Indeed, in the United States, it is considered the Holy Grail of proof of identity. Certified copies of birth certificates are one of the four "vital records" (birth, death, marriage, and divorce) that can be used to prove U.S. citizenship.