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How to Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate When You Need it FAST

A recent experience – renewing my son’s passport last minute – ended up being WAY more than I bargained for, but I’ve learned there’s an easier way for next time. Read on to learn how to get a copy of your birth certificate fast!

I stood in the middle of papers strewn all over my house and boxes torn apart while I cried. Somehow in the middle of moving, I had managed to lose my son’s birth certificate. I hadn’t even realized my blunder until I was frantically applying for an expedited passport for him…And I was racing against the clock.

How to Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate When You Need it FAST

We take our annual ski trip to my son’s namesake winter resort, Whistler, every spring, and here I was staring at an expired passport – having completely forgotten that children’s passports only last 5 years instead of 10. Just one short week before our flight, I stood there staring at my house, completely torn apart. Papers and moving boxes with their contents dumped out littered the floor, covering most of my living room, dining room and kitchen.

All I could think was, “Our plane tickets are non-refundable and so are our hotel reservations! We’re going to throw a ton of money down the toilet because I couldn’t keep track of one piece of paper.”

How to Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate When You Need it FAST

Have you ever found yourself desperately searching for important paperwork that should be filed away neatly somewhere? You just want to scream and rip your hair out at the fact that it is literally nowhere…yet you vaguely remember seeing it last week…or was it last year? Luckily, we live in the same area where he was born, so I was able to get a new certified copy in person.

Oh, it wasn’t as easy as that sentence just sounded – I wasted an entire day driving, standing in line AND getting a parking ticket.

Ironically, when I got back from this traumatizing ordeal, I was contacted by a company that could have saved my entire day…and definitely will next time. Because knowing myself and my inability to keep track of anything for longer than 7 seconds, I’m positive I will run into this exact situation again soon, if not in 5 years when it’s time to renew again.

Fast Birth Certificates is a great way to easily and quickly order a replacement birth certificate online. I wish I had used it for my son when I had managed to lose it (the document and my mind). All you have to do is fill out basic information, and place your order, which only takes about five minutes through their user-friendly and SSL secured site. A benefit to using them is that the agency doesn’t work through the government so there aren’t the long ridiculous delays that often occur when ordering a birth certificate through the state. When you place your order, you can even choose from custom tracking links – so you can see updates on your order’s progress (and follow it) as the certificate makes its way to your house. Order it, pay for it, track it – and yep, that’s about it!

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The secure site is actually accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has received an A rating. When you place an order, the site offers error checking as well as assistance in case you have any questions or concerns about your order. Considering they work directly with the processing agencies, it only makes sense to order documents through Fast Birth Certificates, whether you need a brand new certificate or you need a replacement. It will be faster than any other ordering option that I’ve come across so far. Plus, you won’t have to worry about filling out all of that paperwork or having to go anywhere. (Anything that can be done on the couch…!)

We have all found ourselves backed into a corner when a simple document is holding up our lives, and relying on government agencies, which can take way too long. Fast Birth Certificates can help get you out of a pickle when needed. So make sure to bookmark their site for when you need to get un-pickled!

Thank you to Fast Birth Certificates for sponsoring this post and helping myself and my readers get prepared for international travel quickly and easily!

This is a partnered post. All opinions remain my own.

The easiest way to get a copy of your Birth Certificate when you need it FAST via @jeanabeena #travel
Jeana Shandraw

Jeana Shandraw

Rarely caught without a camera, Jeana is an adventurous traveler with a passion for people, cultures and food that has led her to 38 countries in 5 years. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and building LEGOs with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in her husband's underwear drawer.

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11 Comments

  1. ron leyba
    September 6, 2017 at 8:47 am — Reply

    This is helpful. Will share this one so my friends can read it too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. September 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    Oh so glad you made it! How lucky of you to have found the way to have a copy of your son’s birth certificate so fast!

  3. Dana Rodriguez
    September 2, 2017 at 1:30 am — Reply

    Great article! I knew there had to be a better way. going through the government is a painful process!

  4. Heather
    September 1, 2017 at 5:54 pm — Reply

    This is so useful! I’m 35, but I still ask my mom if she has stuff like my birth certificate.

  5. Catvills
    September 1, 2017 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    I could imagine how stressful that situation must have been! Thankful that there is a service that can help us secure a birth certificate quickly. Thanks for letting me know. I am sharing the info too with my sisters and cousins.

  6. September 1, 2017 at 10:31 am — Reply

    Always have one on hand from the time you are at least 15 years old. My kids have always lost their birth certificate and I would have to go pay $30 to get a new one, way too many times!

  7. September 1, 2017 at 10:13 am — Reply

    This post is so useful, I am glad I found it. Everything will be less stressful next time I need it.

  8. September 1, 2017 at 10:02 am — Reply

    I had to use this service recently because I had to register my kid for school! So helpful!

  9. September 1, 2017 at 7:12 am — Reply

    These are some great tips, sometimes when you need documents you need them asap! Glad you were able to make your trip to Whistler!

  10. August 31, 2017 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    I wish I would’ve known this a couple of months ago. We needed a passport quickly and the whole situation became stressful.

  11. Rachel Teodoro
    August 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    This info is super good to know. I love Whistler. We got here skiing every year. Such a great place to spend some time in the snow.

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