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During your hospital stay, you'll receive forms for a birth certificate and a Social Security number for your newborn. These are important documents for establishing your baby's identification.
Each new mother is requested by the Department of Health Statistics to complete a Washington State Birth Filing Form. Please complete the form and give it to your nurse.
To receive a copy of your baby’s birth certificate, you can complete the Snohomish Health District's birth certificate order form. A fee is required with the application. You will receive this form in the hospital.
The information provided to the State of Washington via the birth certificate does several things:
A paternity affidavit is one of two ways for unmarried parents to legally establish paternity of a child. It is the fastest and easiest way and it does not require a court proceeding. You will be provided with a paternity affidavit on admission if you need one. Both parents must sign the affidavit in the presence of a notary and listen to a phone message. If you file at the hospital within five days of birth, you will not have to pay a filing fee. Please ask your nurse if you need a paternity affidavit or notary services.
If you wish to claim your baby on your income tax return the following year, your child will need a Social Security number.
Check the box on the birth certificate form that you will fill out in the hospital when your baby is born. Your baby’s Social Security card will be mailed to your home within 4-6 weeks.
If you need more information, call the Social Security Office at 800-772-1213 between the hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you need information concerning your income tax return, you can call the Internal Revenue Office at 800-829-1040 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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