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Plagued by paperwork.

So, I need to renew my passport.

In order to renew my passport, I need my social security card. I lost my social security card years ago, in Hawaii.

In order to replace my social security card, I need my birth certificate. (See where this is going?) When my parents left Hawaii, my father carefully handed me my birth certificate, and told me to not lose it. I'm pretty sure I managed to not lose it for a few years.

In order to replace a lost birth certificate, I have to go to the State Department. No, really. I was born overseas, on a military base. The US Consulate issued my birth certificate. Well, my "Certificate of Live Birth of US Citizen Abroad."

That will take 4-8 weeks, on average, from the time I send in my paperwork. And, I'm going to need a bunch of information from my parents in order to fill in the papework.

Whee.
  • Current Mood: frustrated frustrated
I don't remember needing my physical SocSec card when I got my passport. Has something changed?
Oh, hrm. You're right. I don't need my SocSec card in there anywhere. I do need my birth certificate.

Ah well. One less annoying step. :) Thanks!
Oof. I lost my drivers license and my passport at the same time. (Purse stolen, 1995). Much to my annoyance I was unable to use an expired passport as sufficient ID to get a new drivers license and had to go get a new birth certificate. Etc. Very odd.

Yeesh. 8 weeks. You're far more organized than I to know 8 weeks ahead that you not only need a new passport but a whole bunch of other stuff to get it.

Yeah, the lost SS card is actually the result of a stolen wallet, IIRC. I redid the whole SS-replacement / new license thing, but, at the time, I still had my damned birth certificate, which helped. :)

Of course, when I moved here, the only valid ID I had was my passport, and it was very surprising, the sheer number of places that wouldn't take it as ID. "Huh?"

As for organization, it isn't so much that I'm organized as it is that a specific series of events conspired to make me plan ahead. :)
See if you can get *multiple* copies of your birth certificate. That way, if someone needs an origional copy, you will still have another one safely locked up...
An excellent idea. Man. I wish there was some other way to do all this other than by using entirely too easily losable sheets of paper.
Just to cut this infinite loop here...
You don't need your birth certificate to replace your social security card - in fact, you can't use it anymore. Just your driver's license, or whatever you use to buy beer, works.
Re: Just to cut this infinite loop here...
Ok, that's very good to know. Thanks muchly. I hate government paperwork, but I suppose I should get around to doing this. :)
once you get all of this straightened away, you might want to just get a lockbox somewhere and keep copies of important documents. I think if you lose the key, the bank can still open the box for you with a driver's license or something (though that's just a guess on my part).