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Download free personal forms or if you’re missing important documents, now’s the time to replace them. Find out how to replace vital documents, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and more.

Replacing all important documents that were lost or destroyed in a flood, fire, or other disaster can be overwhelming. Although the process varies from state to state, these general steps can help you get started.

USA.gov Forms

The federal government does not distribute certificates, files, or indexes with identifying information for vital records. Applications for passports can be obtained through the U.S. State Department

State.gov Travel Forms

Vital Records

  • Replace Lost or Stolen Identification (ID) Cards
  • Vital Records Documents Issued in the United States
  • How to Replace Your Lost or Destroyed Vital Records
  • Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate
  • Request a Replacement Marriage Certificate
  • Request a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate
  • Divorce Decrees and Certificates

What To Expect When Ordering Vital Records Online.

pdfAn Official Individual State List for Vital Records


Contact State Vital Records Office

Learn financial preparedness, gather financial and critical personal, household, and medical information before a disaster. Natural disasters can happen anywhere, but you can protect yourself and your finances by planning. A disaster can delay mail for days or weeks, start using electronic direct deposits.

pdfAn Official Individual State List for Vital Records


Steps to Financial Preparedness

A weekend of preparation now can save you months of frustration and lots of money.

  • You never know when a disaster will happen. You can prepare by setting aside money in a rainy-day fund. Learn more financial preparedness tips:  #FinancialFuture2019
  • Saving is the best financial defense against disasters. A little bit at a time can go a long way. USA.gov/flec #FinancialFuture2019
  • Do you have all the documents and digital copies you need to protect yourself after a disaster? Use the checklists in the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) and see if you are missing anything:  #FinancialFuture2019 
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