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How to get birth certificate in USA

📅 2021-Feb-15 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ birth certificate, usa ⬩ 📚 Archive

Our first child was born in Singapore. Much like every single aspect in the island nation, even getting a birth certificate was simple. Before we headed home after our stay at the hospital, we went down to an office in the hospital that deals with birth certificates. They checked identification, we paid the fees and a birth certificate was printed, laminated and handed over to us.

Our second child was born recently in the US in Santa Clara. Getting a birth certificate for this child took more steps and a whole lot longer.

Here are the steps we had to take to get a birth certificate in Santa Clara, CA:

Long last name: Another kink during the birth certificate process was that the county system apparently cannot handle long first/last names. So, my spouse’s last name appears shortened on the birth certificate and the full name is listed as an addendum on a second page meant for such fixes! So the birth certificate is actually 2 pages.