Essentials to Living

Inspired by drawing so many blanks on job and rental applications, this list has been expanded by others to include medical records and living wills.

Note that some items such as Passwords and Social Security Number should not be shared with others.

If I'm missing anything, please submit additions by me.


  • Name(s), maiden name, etc.
  • Address(s)
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email address(s)
  • Passwords, PIN numbers
  • Birth certificate
  • Birth hospital
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's License Number
  • Passport
  • Mother's maiden name, father's middle name
  • Genealogy
  • Birthdays, anniversaries
  • Contact names, addresses, phone numbers, email
  • Emergency contacts, address, phone numbers, email
  • Previous addresses
  • Dates
  • Landlord names
  • Landlord phone numbers
  • Job objective
  • Career objective
  • Synopsis of skills
  • High school education
  • College education
  • Degrees
  • Certificates
  • Awards
  • Volunteerism, clubs, associations
  • Debt(s) $, student loan(s) $, addresses, phone numbers
  • Work references
  • Company names
  • Company addresses
  • Company phone numbers
  • Start dates
  • Start position titles
  • Start duties
  • Start wages
  • Start supervisors
  • End dates
  • End position titles
  • End duties
  • End wages
  • End supervisors
  • Reasons for leaving
  • Can contact former employer?
  • Checking account
  • Savings account
  • Monies in bank
  • Extra income $
  • Hourly, monthly, annual income
  • Assets (autos, stocks (keep certificates current), bonds, etc.)
  • Auto VIN numbers (some people carve them into every window)
  • Rent $ (incl. what percent of income is rent), lease paperwork
  • Deposit $ (damage, pet, etc.), paperwork
  • Utilities $
  • Child support $
  • Pet's emergency clinic phone number, address
  • Criminal convictions (felonies and misdemeanors)
  • Dates of convictions
  • Current status of convictions
  • Deferments (e.g. community service, rehab)?
  • Voter registration address, political party
  • Credit cards (companies, account numbers, PIN numbers, phone numbers, billing addresses)
  • Save purchase receipts
  • Save tax receipts for 5 years
  • Mortgage and title company...account numbers, addresses, phone numbers.
  • Insurance records: home, car, medical, other property
  • Life insurance policy: account number, policy holder, beneficiary
  • Medical / Dental records:
    • Family history of disease and social interaction
    • Communicable diseases
    • Injuries
    • Distinguishing features (moles, scars, tattoos)
    • Eyewear prescription
    • Blood type
    • Where were tests taken?
  • Where are the x-rays?
  • Doctors' current addresses.
  • Pediatricians
  • Where are the records now?
    • What meds have you taken? Reactions?
    • What immunizations? Reactions?
    • Disease indicators (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.)
    • Surgeries...surgeon...hospital name. I can tell you the anesthesiologist.
    • Insurance info
    • Signed release of medical information on file for emergency purposes
    • Doctors, case managers
  • Location of will, powers of attorney, living wills, Directive to Physicians
  • Religious affiliation, burial plot, church services? cremation? open casket?
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