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Replacing Vital Documents

We all know there are certain personal documents that are considered vital. They are that important.

What are they?
How do they define you or prove what you own?
What would you do if you lost them? Are they irreplaceable?

The good news is “NO”. You can rebuild your personal documentation. Here are a few guidelines to follow.

Birth Cetificate. Contact the vital statistics office in the state of birth.

Social Security Card. Visit your local Social Security office.

Passport. Appear in person at your local passport processing facility.

Collage Diploma or Transcripts. Contact your school’s student services department.

Old Tax Returns. Try your accountant or tax preparer. Contact the IRS for federal returns.

Car Title. Visit your states Department of Motor Vehicles.

Property Deed. Check with the lawyer who handled the closing or call your county clerk’s office.


That being said, please consider getting your vital documents in order before you need them.

“An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure.”

– Ben Franklin

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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