by Danielle M. Rosenberg on Jun 13, 2018 Birth Certificate
Other types of identity point out how arbitrary certain labels and designations are. One of these is race, which is marked on some birth certificates. Vivian Morris was born in 1969 in Montgomery, Alabama__the town where Rosa Parks famously refused to move to the back of the bus. On Morris's birth certificate, her Korean mother was listed as white. At the time, there weren't standard racial categories to choose from, and registration officials had more say.
In some cases, you may need to replace your original birth certificate. Find the website of the vital records office in the state where you were born and follow their walk in, write in, or online application instructions. You will probably need a state_issued form of photo ID, like driver's license. If you don't have a state_issued photo ID, call and see what options may be available. One solution some states offer is to have your mother or father whose name is on the birth certificate submit a notarized letter with a copy of their photo ID for the request.