by Danielle M. Rosenberg on Jun 14, 2018 Birth Certificate
Worldwide, almost a third of all births aren't registered. Nationally, registration rates vary widely, from 3 percent in Somalia to 100 percent in Bhutan. In some cases, that's because birth certificates don't seem useful to parents. For someone who lives in a remote part of a country that doesn't provide any obvious citizenship benefits, there's not much of an incentive to bother with registering a child.
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.