Essential Documents

Essential Documents are the important papers that establish your identity. These consist of your birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license, and may include a CDIB (certified document of Indian blood). You should keep these documents in your possession or a place safe from fire, burglary, etc. Many people store them at the bank or in a locked, fireproof box at home.

In The Know:

  • Tip: Don’t keep your social security card or birth certificate in your wallet or purse. If these were lost or stolen, that’s all an identity thief would need to steal your identity! Keep them in a safe and secure location.

Resources:

YD Funds Example:

  • Ask your permanent connection or worker to take you to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to get a photo ID using your original birth certificate and social security card.