Narrative: The first time I went to DMV after coming home (yes first time) I was pumped and excited. I THOUGHT I had all the required documents but the two proofs of address that I had with me were not valid. They needed two official letters from either some type of company such as a utility bill or a credit card company. I did not have either. I was forced to wait until my probation officer sent me a letter through the mail and I had my attorney send me one as well in order for them to accept them. It took an additional two weeks for me to get those letters and I lost a job opportunity in the process because I didn’t have my I.D.
Directives: It is vital that you obtain your identification as soon as possible if you do not possess one already. Identification is the key to all other resources, services, and employment. The following is a list of required documents to obtain your ID, the locations where you can obtain those documents and the agencies that will assist you with obtaining them. Please do not hesitate to obtain your I.D. The error many make is deciding to wait until they apply for their actual license or reinstate their license with the justification of accomplishing two goals with one transaction but statistically this does not happen. If you go to a halfway house you will receive assistance completing this process but I would do my best to retrieve all the required documents even prior to release, if possible. Remember identification in these modern times is more than just a card. You will also need to set up an email and Linkedin page. I would also save you state or federal inmate I.D.
☐ Obtain Birth Certificate
☐ Obtain Social Security Card
☐ Obtain Two proofs of residence from businesses or notable persons
Required Documents: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Two Proofs of Address
The City’s Department of Vital Records issues birth certificates. The fee for a birth certificate is $20 for a large copy or $15 for a wallet size copy. Birth certificates are confidential and only available to certain individuals, as follows:
(1) a person whose name appears on the certificate (mother, father, or person themselves),
(2) a grandparent with the proper proof of relationship (if you are a paternal grandparent your son’s name must be on the certificate in order to obtain a copy) and
(3) a court appointed guardian or a person granted power of attorney provided a copy of the appointment papers are submitted.
NOTE: All persons in order to obtain a copy of a birth certificate must present a photo ID or two other valid forms of ID.
If you have any other questions please call the Vital Records Department at (203) 576-8208
The office is located at 999 Broad Street, City Hall Annex Bridgeport, CT 06604.
Social Security Card
An application must be obtained and filled out and submitted in person by you or a family member. The information below is a list of documents that you would need to submit with the application itself. Please note that your parent can obtain your SSC with a copy of your birth certificate in hand at the SS office.