As an Authorized Agent for Alberta Registries, we can process your application for all Alberta Vital Statistics services, including:
- Certificates of Birth, Marriage and Death
- Marriage Licenses
- Certified Photographic Prints of a Medical Certificate of Death and Stillbirth
- Search Letter applications for Birth, Stillbirth, Marriage and Death
- Certified Photographic Prints of Registrations of Birth, Stillbirth, Marriage and Death
- Search Letter for applications for Birth, Stillbirth, Marriage and Death
- Application for Legal Name Changes
- Certified Photographic Print of a Legal Change of Name Certificate
What to do if You’ve Lost your Birth Certificate
Your birth certificate is a vital part of your identity. It plays a role in everything from identification to credit history and loan applications. Your birth certificate and your social insurance number define who you are and that you exist in today’s digital society. If you lose your birth certificate, timing is crucial in having the best possible outcome: the faster you act, the better protected you will be.
Your birth certificate is needed anytime you need to order vital documents such as marriage certificates and passports. Without it, you cannot prove your proper identification. Your birth certificate also doubles as government identification and is used when applying for some forms of credit. Identity theft occurs when your birth certificate falls into the wrong hands and is used by an individual who claims to be you. This is very easy for them to do once they have a copy of your original certificate. This popular style of theft occurs when a thief uses somebody’s identification to order credit cards, start phone plans and even purchase large-scale items such as vehicles.
Contact your Credit Agencies
If your birth certificate is missing, the first thing you should do is contact your credit bureau. If there is even a small chance of an identity theft, you want to be sure to be ahead of the thieves. Contact each bureau for your area and inform them that your birth certificate is missing. They will flag your account. Once your account is flagged, anybody that does an inquiry into your credit or identification will have to provide extra information to support who they are. This helps to reduce the chance of somebody impersonating you. By going to each website, you can obtain the correct contact information needed. The three most common agencies used by credit card companies are Equifax (equifax.com), TransUnion (transunion.com), and Experian (experian.com).
Order a new Certificate and Keep it Safe
As important as a birth certificate is, they can be rather simple to obtain. If you live in Alberta simply go to this Service Canada link and download the form. You will need to take the form and your ID to a registry agent for the final steps in the application process. A fee applies. If you live outside of Alberta, you also have to get your form notarized and mail it in.
Ordering you birth certificate is a simple and quick process that puts your identification back into your pocket. Once you have your new card, keep it protected and safe. This vital piece of identification does not need to be carried in your wallet on a daily basis. Keep it stored at your bank or in a fire-rated, locked safe at home. Ensure that anytime you do use it, you take it back before leaving that location.
By keeping your birth certificate safe, you are ensuring the protection of your own identification. Once identity theft occurs, it becomes very difficult to undo the damage. By taking simple steps you can help ensure that you have done everything possible in your own power to protect and keep identification safe.