- Birth certificates: If you were born in the city of Houston, you can order a new birth certificate online at https://houstonvitals.permitium.com/rod.
- Driver’s licenses: If your driver’s license was lost, you can visit a DPS, fill out an application and pay a fee to have it replaced (https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/replace.htm). If your address changes, you can update your information online, by mail, or in person if your license is current (https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/changes.htm).
- Social Security cards: Call the U.S. Social Security office at 800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. For TTY users the number is 800-325-0778, or log onto www.ssa.gov/ssnumberfor more information.
- Federal tax records: Call the Internal Revenue Service at 800-829-1040, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, or log onto www.irs.gov.
- SNAP card: For new applications, you may apply online at www.yourtexasbenefits.com. For a lost SNAP card or replacement benefits, visit a Texas Health and Human Services Office, which may be located here: http://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/find-us.
- For copies of your utility bills, bank records, insurance policies, mortgage payments and the like, call the appropriate firm and speak to a customer service representative.
To prevent further loss of vital documents, place the originals or copies in a sealable plastic bag or other watertight container and secure that container where it is best protected and can easily be located. It is also a good idea to make copies of vital and important documents and mail them to a friend or relative you can trust to keep them safe and retrievable.