by Danny S. Yoder on Jun 14, 2018 Birth Certificate
The legal skirmishes over who should be able to see a birth certificate, and what information it should contain, seem likely to amplify rather than diminish. As technology improves and legal frameworks for parenting continue to evolve, new controversies are bound to play out over birth certificates new and old. Will sperm donors, egg donors, surrogates, and others be reflected? Will these documents allow for more than three people to be named as parents? Will increasingly sophisticated biometrics be embedded into them?
An official U.S. birth certificate is commonly used to prove you are a citizen of the United States. If you live in the U.S., getting your certificate may be as simple as filling out a form online and providing a few pieces of information. However, if you are a U.S. citizen who either currently lives abroad or were born outside of the United States, the process can be a bit daunting. No matter what your reason for requesting a certificate, the process may be easier than you may think. Three situations which occur frequently are listed below. See if one these apply to you and find out the best way to proceed.