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Birth Certificate

You must complete two Birth Certificate Forms in order to apply for your child’s birth certificate. St. Joseph Medical Center will electronically submit the birth certificate form to the state of Montana within 10 days of birth.

Parents typically leave the hospital with the "Parents Informational Copy” of the birth certificate. Parents can purchase a “certified copy” of the birth certificate from the Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s office or by accessing the Montana State Department of Health & Human Services website.

Social Security

With your consent, the state of Montana will apply for a social security number for your child. Baby must have a first and last name (not "Baby" Simpson or "Baby Girl" Smith)

It may take up to 17 weeks from the date of birth to receive your child’s Social Security card. The card will be mailed to the mother's mailing address as it appears on the birth certificate.

Paternity Handbook

Paternity means legal fatherhood of a child. Paternity must be established when the child’s parents are not married. The Montana Paternity Handbook answers question about how to establish or challenge paternity, common law marriage and child support. View the Paternity Handbook for more information.