It's a small piece of paper, but it means everything if you're a teacher looking for a job. Whether you're job-hunting locally or in another part of the country, you need to have your New Jersey State Teacher Certificate at hand. To replace the lost document, follow the New Jersey Department of Education's standard procedure.

New Certificate

Visit http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/. If it's a new certificate you're trying to track down, follow the link to the credential Status Checker. Input your Social Security Number. A table will display showing the status of all of your licenses (Certificate of Eligibility, CE with Advanced Standing, Standard License). If it says your license has been issued but you haven't received it, call the Department of Education at (609) 292-4469.

Visit http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/forms/duplicense.pdf to request a duplicate if you have a license (certificate) but cannot locate it. Print out and complete the request form.

Gather three types of identification. According to the New Jersey Department of Education, a photocopy of your social security card (not the original) is mandatory. Send a copy of any two of the following items: birth certificate with raised seal; valid marriage license; driver's license (NJ or out of state); U.S. Passport (current or expired within three years); adoption papers; Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization; valid United States Military Photo ID card; valid New Jersey Non-Driver Digital ID card.

Enclose the reprint fee of $60 per certificate. Do not send cash through the mail.

Mail everything to: New Jersey State Department of Education Office of Licensure and Credentials P.O. Box 500 Trenton, NJ 08625-0500 Attention: Duplicate License Request