To mark the occasion of being baptised, a church may present a person with a Certificate of Baptism. This generally helps state that the person has declared their beliefs and have joined their church. Since a church is presenting the certificate, baptism certificates tend to have a formal appearance. Baptism records, although not required by law, are often necessary for some church ceremonies.
One of the reasons a person needs a baptism certificate is if they are getting married and the Catholic church requires this documentation in order to have the ceremony in their church. Many parishes keep baptism certificates in their files and are able to give copies to those that request one. Some confusion may be for large dioceses that may keep baptism certificates at a specified location rather than each individual church.
Information on a Certificate of Baptism is minimal and usually only include a date, pastor signature, church, and name of the person who was baptised. Once the baptism is performed, they will receive a baptism certificate for them to keep in their files. Although it will not be required for many things later in life, it does need to be kept safe to prevent any delays from occurring in the future when it is needed.
Baptism certificates come in a variety of styles and colors although all of them maintain a level of professionalism due to the nature of receiving the certificate and what it implies. It can be used as a way to identify a person if certain elements are listed on the certificate to meet requirements.