The Birth Certificate Explained

The Structure of the birth certificate

A certificate is a “paper establishing an ownership claim.” – Barron’s Dictionary of Banking Terms. Registration of births began in 1915, by the Bureau of Census, with all states adopting the practice by 1933.

Birth and marriage certificates are a form of securities called “warehouse receipts.” The items included on a warehouse receipt, as descried at §7-202 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the law which governs commercial paper and transactions, which parallel a birth or marriage certificate are:

-the location of the warehouse where the goods are stored…(residence)

-the date of issue of the receipt…..(“Date issued”)

-the consecutive number of the receipt…(found on back or front of the certificate, usually in red numbers)

-a description of the goods or of the packages containing them…(name, sex, date of birth, etc.)

-the signature of the warehouseman, which may be made by his authorized agent…(municipal clerk or state registrar’s signature)

Birth/marriage certificates now appear to at least qualify as “warehouse receipts” under the Uniform Commercial Code. Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th ed. defines:

warehouse receipt. “…A warehouse receipt, which is considered a document of title, may be a negotiable instrument and is often used for financing with inventory as security.”

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