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.”

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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.

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