I have a family member who lost a Hong Kong birth certificate a few years ago. Its sad as it was such a priced procession in the household with such a history it was issued back in 1949 and been through so much moves and been salvaged through disasters. I wonder though since she has photocopies of the birth certificate as well as Hong kong PIC and Hong Kong SAR passport is it still important or a good idea to report the loss and obtain a certified copy? It does cost money and paperwork especially now we are residing overseas. What are the risks if we don't, or in what cases she will need a certified copy?
We believe it was never found as the birth certificate would have enough information for someone to trace it back to us or turn into the proper authorities.