by Danny S. Yoder on Jun 14, 2018 Birth Certificate
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.
In most cases, a simple photocopy of your original birth certificate will not be considered as a sufficient form of identification. Instead, you will be required to have a "certified" copy of your birth certificate issued by the state in which your birth was recorded.