Chief’s Corner: Replacing your important papers
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.
Have you ever lost valuable personal documents? Whatever your circumstance, whether destroyed or misplaced, these items contain valuable information that can be challenging to get duplicates.
Consider keeping a list of ways to get duplicates of destroyed or missing documents. The following is a partial list to keep in your safe deposit box or home fire safe box:
• Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce Certificates – http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/nevada.htm/
• Passport, Visas, Adoption Documents – http://travel.state.gov/
• Driver’s License, Vehicle Registration Documents – http://dmvnv.com/
• Military Records – Request Standard Form 180 (SF-180) from any office of the Veterans Administration, American Legion, VFW or Red Cross, or download from http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html/
• Mortgage Papers – Contact your lending institution
• Property Deeds – Contact the recorder’s office in the county where the property is located. For Washoe County, go to http://www.washoecounty.us/recorder/
• Insurance Policies – Contact the insurance company for replacement papers
• Social Security Card – Go to http://www.ssa.gov
• Transcript of Your Tax Return – http://www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-My-Local-Office-in-Nevada
• Savings Bonds/Notes – Complete Form PDF 1048 (Claim for Lost, Stolen or Destroyed U.S. Savings Bonds); available by calling 304-480-7711 or at http://www.treasurydirect.gov/forms/sav1048.pdf
• Credit Cards – American Express, 800-528-4800; Discover, 800-347-2683; MasterCard, 800-622-7747; Visa, 800-847-2911
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