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When important documents are lost or stolen, replacing them promptly is vital
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Issue 38, Volume 17.
Birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates
These records come from the states where the events occurred. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a handy directory that provides links to the appropriate agencies in all U.S. states and territories, including costs and mailing instructions (www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm).
Immediately report lost or stolen passports to the U.S. State Department by calling (877) 487-2778. If it happens overseas, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Visit travel.state.gov/passport/lost/lost_848.html for further instructions.
Driverís license, car registration
To learn how to replace your driverís license, vehicle registration or car title (which youíll need to transfer ownership), or to access other motor vehicle services, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles. Go to www.usa.gov/Topics/Motor-Vehicles.shtml for links to each stateís DMV.
Social Security card
These days, you may not actually need to replace a misplaced Social Security card. If you know your Social Security number, you generally can still collect Social Security benefits, get a job and apply for government benefits and services. However, if you do want to replace the card, youíll need to gather documents proving your identity and citizenship and complete an application (www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf); then mail or take the paperwork to your local Social Security office.
Military service records
Veterans often need copies of their military service records to apply for government programs, www.archives.gov/veterans) for a copy of your records (or an immediate family memberís if deceased). The site also has information on replacing lost military medals and awards.including health care, retirement or education benefits. You can apply to the National Archives (
If your U.S. Permanent Resident (Green) Card is lost, stolen or damaged, or if your name or other important information has legally changed since it was issued, you may request a new card from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by filing Form I-90 (available at www.uscis.gov). If youíre outside the U.S. and lose your green card, contact the nearest U.S. consulate or USCIS office before applying online for a new card.
To replace a lost, stolen or damaged Medicare card, follow the procedures at secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/IMRC/main.html. To replace a Medicaid card, contact Medicaid (www.medicaid.gov).
If you need exact copies of previously filed and processed tax returns (including attachments), you may order them from the IRS by submitting IRS Form 4506 (at
www.irs.gov). There is a $57 fee for each yearís return you request. Before ordering an exact copy, however, ask whether a "tax return transcript" or "tax account transcript" will suffice. These abbreviated printouts of returns are often acceptable substitutes for student loan and mortgage lenders and are free. To order transcripts, go to www.irs.gov/Individuals/Order-a-Transcript.
If you need to order high school or college transcripts, itís best to contact the schoolís registrar or student services office directly for instructions. (Some websites that claim they can expedite the process have proven unreliable.)
For even more suggestions, see "Replace Your Vital Documents" at www.USA.gov.
Jason Alderman directs Visaís financial education programs.
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