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Your baby's birth certificate and Social Security number

  • After your baby is born, the hospital staff will gather information to complete the birth certificate and send it to the state health department.

    The procedures for getting a copy of your baby's birth certificate depend on the county in which your baby is born. Ask your birth center staff how you can get a copy of your baby's birth certificate. (You may receive a souvenir certificate. This is not an official birth certificate.

    On the birth certificate questionnaire is a question asking if you want to apply for a Social Security number for your baby. Although your baby doesn't legally need a Social Security number for one year, now is the easiest time to apply for one.

    Any child older than one year old who is listed as a dependent on a tax return is required to have a Social Security number. You will also need your baby's Social Security number to open a bank account, buy savings bonds, or apply for government services for your baby.