The story is much longer but here is the short version. My mother, about to turn 88, is her father's "love child" and was raised by him and his wife (not her actual mother). As a child she remembers finding a birth certificate in her mother's dresser listing a girl's name with a Polish-sounding last name and birth date several weeks earlier than hers. Her mother took it from her and tore it up. So a record of her birth actually exists, but she doesn't know the name, date, or anything, so we cannot request a copy. And she isn't even certain WHERE she was born. She made at attempt to search for vital records in the most likely state using her maiden name, but no records were found. My mother has lived her entire life with no birth certificate. She served in the Navy and has her discharge papers, and also has a SSN.
We recently moved her up from Florida to live with us in Wisconsin, and of course there is now a requirement, which seems iron-clad, that she produce a birth certificate in order to prove her identity in order to get a drivers license or even an ID, which she cannot do. To top it all off, her existing license expires in three weeks.
We cannot believe that she is the only elderly American with no birth certificate. She is a good driver. She has already had a huge number of changes to her life in the past two months; I don't want her to lose that last vestige of independence. What to do????