Your Official Documents

During a disaster, some of your important personal documents may be lost or damaged. These resources may be able to help you recover or replace them.

Replace Your Vital Documents
Browse a list of sites where you can get everything from your Social Security card to your passport replaced. Find guidance for things like birth certificates, Medicare cards, green cards, tax returns, and even school records. (

Emergency Salvage of Flood Damaged Family Papers
Get tips on how to care for papers damaged by a flood. They cover things like books, documents, photos, negatives, and movie film. Get information about mold, as well as cleaning and drying, and air drying tips. (National Archives)

Replace U.S. Currency
Find out how to submit a claim for damaged or mutilated currency. There’s information for both paper notes and coins. You can also learn more about what damaged currency is and see examples. (Department of the Treasury)

Replace U.S. Savings Bonds
Learn how you can replace lost or destroyed paper savings bonds through TreasuryDirect. Bonds are now only reissued or replaced in electronic form, or you can ask to have them cashed. The site has all of the details. (Department of the Treasury)

Identity Theft
Find out how to protect yourself against identity theft, especially if you’ve lost important documents. Learn actions you can take and get information about scams. (Federal Trade Commission)

Last Updated: 02/07/2018