Protecting your identity

To protect your identity:
  • Keep vital records in a locked, fire-resistant safe or safe-deposit box.
  • Don’t carry vital records in your wallet or purse.
  • When copies of vital records are necessary, provide a copy with the mother’s maiden name blacked out. Mother’s maiden name is often a security question for legal and financial verification systems.
  • File copies of a person’s death certificate with the three major credit-reporting agencies:
If you have questions or concerns about fraud and your birth certificate, contact our fraud prevention staff:

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