Man gets runaround trying to track down birth certificate | KOB 4

Man gets runaround trying to track down birth certificate

Meg Hilling
June 26, 2018 05:42 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. - A New Mexico man is getting the runaround as he tries to track down a copy of his birth certificate.


John Valdez was born on a U.S. Army base in Japan in 1968.

His parents were given a birth certificate. He held onto that certificate as an adult. But two years ago, Valdez could not find the document and it’s had a negative impact on his life. He can’t get a commercial driver’s license that he needs for work.

"Motor vehicle asked for a birth certificate. And I say ‘I got all this paperwork here,’ but that I'm trying, going through this agency, that agency to find my birth certificate and they say ‘sorry, there is nothing we can do for you,’" Valdez said.

Without a commercial driver’s license, Valdez cannot keep his full-time job.

Between the U.S. and Japan, Valdez says he has contacted 47 different agencies, including the White House. So far, nothing has worked.

Valdez says he won’t stop trying until he can get a copy of his birth certificate.

"I might be getting older, but I'm not ready to play retiree," Valdez said.


Meg Hilling

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