If your wallet is lost or stolen, it can be an incredibly frustrating experience. You’ll have to cancel your credit cards and order replacement vital records and IDs. To make it a little easier, we’ll show you the easiest ways to get new IDs, a replacement Social Security card, and any other documents that were lost.
First, if your documents were stolen, you should call 311 and find out how you can file a police report. A police report will help you out if the thief tries to commit identity theft or use your bank cards. You’ll also be able to prove that your documents were stolen and that you are unable to present them.
Next, we’ll go over the ways to replace your important documents if you don’t have access to your birth certificate.
How to replace a driver’s license without a birth certificate
While it’s easier to replace your driver’s license by showing a copy of your birth certificate, there are other methods of proving your identity. Compared to other documents, replacing your driver’s license is pretty simple. Most states accept a wide variety of forms of ID, both government-issued and non-official. It will also help if you know your driver’s license number. You can contact your local DMV to find out what forms of ID they will accept, since every state is different.
In addition, many states now allow you to apply online for a replacement driver’s license. This makes the process even more simple. You may be able to complete your application online and get your new license mailed straight to your home. However, if your lost or stolen license was not REAL ID compliant, then you will have to go in person to apply at the DMV. Every state is now issuing REAL IDs, and you can only get your first REAL ID in-person at your local DMV. Because of the new regulations, you may also need to bring more identification documents than you used to. The new rules require you to show proof of identity and citizenship, proof of your Social Security number, and proof of residency.
Keep in mind that, starting October 1, 2021, you will need a REAL ID compliant ID to board a plane or access many federal facilities.
How to replace a Social Security card without a birth certificate
First, you should contact the Social Security Administration and let them know that your Social Security card has been lost or stolen.
Second, unfortunately it is not possible to get a replacement Social Security card without a copy of your birth certificate. On the bright side, it’s very simple to apply for your birth certificate online. You can even pay a little extra for rush service, if it’s available in your state, to get your replacement copy within a few days.
Once you have your birth certificate, you’ll also need a state-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. So, if all of your IDs are gone, you should start by getting a copy of your birth certificate and replacing your driver’s license. These two documents will help you get all of the rest.
How to replace a birth certificate after losing your IDs
As we mentioned previously, a copy of your birth certificate can help you get a passport, driver’s license, and Social Security card replacement. So, it’s a good idea to start by getting a certified copy of your birth certificate.
To see what documents you can use to apply for a certified copy, you can check with the Vital Records Office in your birth state. Some states offer multiple ways to verify your identity without a government-issued photo ID. If necessary, a parent whose name is on your birth certificate can order a copy on your behalf. However, if it’s absolutely necessary for you to order and provide your ID, you may be able to get your driver’s license replaced first, then use it to order your birth certificate copy.
Once you’ve determined the best way to order your birth certificate copy, you can apply online, using your basic information, such as your legal name, date of birth, and place of birth.