In the Canadian province of New Brunswick, birth certificates will cost twenty dollars – and perhaps more. For that fee, the document will packed with technological features:

“New Brunswick has unveiled a state-of-the-art birth certificate that includes 20 new security features.

The high-tech, passport-size document, made of a polymer material, is not a required upgrade for New Brunswickers with the old paper documents.”

link: N.B. gets high-security birth certificates

The goal for all the security is to protect the social security number, which is the key to identity theft. New Brunswick is taking an initiative that most government agencies will be have to enact in proactively protecting social security information.

Catherine Forsythe