A certified U.S. birth certificate often is submitted by applicants to obtain a state-issued identification card. This document is used to show both proof of identity and citizenship, but other documents can be submitted in place of a birth certificate. All documents submitted to apply for an ID card must be the original, not a copy. Acceptable documents vary slightly from state to state; contact your state's department of motor vehicles to verify acceptable substitutes for a certified U.S. birth certificate.
Provide a passport. A U.S. passport or Canadian passport can be submitted instead of a certified U.S. birth certificate.
Submit a U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the State Department, a Canadian birth certificate, or a birth certificate issued from a U.S. Territory such as Guam or the Philippines. Any of these documents can be submitted in place of a certified U.S. birth certificate.
Show proof of Native American heritage. Native American's can submit a Federal Proof of Indian Blood Degree or a USCIS American Indian card instead of a certified birth certificate.
Provide a military identification card in place of a birth certificate. The ID must indicate that you are currently active or a reserve duty member, a dependent of a military member, a retired military member, medical or religious military personnel or discharged from the military. Some states also will accept a military Common Access Card but only if it displays that you're active, active reserve duty or active selected reserve member.
Submit citizenship, naturalization or Alien documents. Acceptable original documents include a Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, a identification card from Northern Mariana, a U.S. Citizen ID Card issued by USCIS, a temporary or permanent resident card, a nonresident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card, a Mexican Border Crossing Card with a valid I-94 standing, which indicates that your allowed to temporarily be in the U.S., or a U.S. Border Crossing identification card with a valid I-94 standing. Many states also will accept a Refugee Travel document, an Employment Authorization Card, or an order from an immigration judge granting asylum.
Provide a certificate issued by the state's department of corrections, youth authority or parole board. This document must indicate your full name and birth date.