Asked in Estate Planning, Admiralty / Maritime and Family Law for Ohio

Q: I need help with my birth certificate and certificate of live birth

I heard that a "certificate of live birth" is different than a "birth certificate". From my understanding you get your "bc" from your "colb". So they are different. Do I need a lawyer to retrieve mines? Thanks for any help

1 Lawyer Answer
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Fowlerville, MI

A: A Certificate of Live Birth is just the 'full' name of what most people call a 'birth certificate, and many states have slightly different names for the same document.

The state where you were born has the record, and you can get a copy from that state's bureau of vital statistics (or whatever that department is called in your state -- again, the terminology may be slightly different). You DO have to prove who you are however, as birth records are NOT public documents, and are far too useful for identity thieves so they are only available to you or your parents if you are under 18.

You should NOT need a lawyer, but you have to follow the procedures from your state carefully or they will deny the request (as they should!). Get instructions and the procedures from your state government.

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