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Vital Records vs. Birth Certificates

Birth Certificates are used primarily to obtain a social security number and may not include the birth time.

 

Where to Write for Vital Records

from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:

The links below are provided for those users who want direct access to individual state and territory information. To use this valuable tool, you must first determine the state or area where the birth, death, marriage, or divorce occurred, then click on that state or area. Please follow the provided Application Guidelines to ensure an accurate response to your request.

The federal government does not distribute certificates, files, or indexes with identifying information for vital records. Applications for passports can be obtained through the U.S. State Department.

NOTE: Information below is current as of January 19, 2017. For the most current information, visit the CDC page for vital records.

ALABAMA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $15.00

Address:
Alabama Center for Health Statistics
Alabama Department of Public Health
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625

Remarks: State office has records since January 1908. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $6.00 each.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to State Board of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (334) 206-5418. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at Alabama Department of Public Health, Vital Records website. A signature of the applicant is required.

 

ALASKA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $30.00

Address:
Department of Health and Social Services
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 110675
Juneau, AK 99811-0675

Remarks: State office has records since 1890's; however, many events before 1930 were never registered with the Bureau. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Bureau of Vital Statistics. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $25.00.

To verify current fees, the telephone number is (907) 465-3391. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics website.

ALL REQUESTS MUST INCLUDE A COPY OF A PICTURE ID OF THE APPLICANT. Enlarge the copy and lighten it as much as possible to be sure that it is clear and readable when sent to the Bureau. A signature under the copied ID is also required.

 

AMERICAN SAMOA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy:
$5.00
Amendments $7.00

Address:
American Samoa Government
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Vital Statistics
PO Box 6894
Pago Pago, AS 96799

Remarks: Registrar has records since 1890. Money order should be made payable to the Office of Vital Statistics/ASG. Personal checks are not accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone numbers are: (684) 633-1405/1406. For Health Information Office, Health and Vital Statistics call (684) 633-4606/2262.

Personal identification is required for verification and a notarized letter before record will be sent.

 

ARIZONA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: varies

Address:
Office of Vital Records
Arizona Department of Health Services
P.O. Box 6018
Phoenix, AZ 85005

Remarks: State office has records since July 1909 and abstracts of records filed in counties before then.

Some county offices in Arizona are able to provide certified copies of birth certificates. Please see the Arizona Department of Health Services website for a listing of county offices and associated fees.

The State Office of Vital Records does not accept personal checks. A money order or cashier's check should be made payable to Office of Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (602) 364-1300. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Arizona Department of Health Services website.

Applicants must submit a copy of picture identification or have their request notarized and need to include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

ARKANSAS

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $12.00

Address:
Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records Section, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

Remarks: State office has records since February 1914 and some original Little Rock and Fort Smith records from 1881. Additional copies of the same birth record, when requested at the same time are $10.00 each.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Arkansas Department of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (501) 661-2336. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at Arkansas Department of Health website.

A photo ID of the person requesting the certificate is required with each application.

 

CALIFORNIA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $25.00

Address:
CA Department of Public Health - Vital Records
MS: 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred.

A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the California Department of Public Health website.

In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed.

If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies.

Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH – Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.

 

CANAL ZONE

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $30.00

Address:
Vital Records Section
Passport Services
U.S. Department of State
1111 19th Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20522-1705

Remarks: Records available from May 1904 to September 1979. Additional copies of the same record requested at the same time are $20.00 each.

Personal check or money order must be signed, dated and made payable to U.S. Department of State. Remittance must be payable in U.S. dollars through a U.S. Bank. No credit cards or cash accepted. Telephone or facsimile requests are not accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (202) 955-0307.

A signed and notarized written request must be submitted along with a copy of the requester's valid photo identification.

 

COLORADO

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $17.75

Address:
Vital Records Section
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
HSVRD-VS-A1
Denver, CO 80246-1530

Remarks: State office has birth records since 1910. State office also has birth records for some counties for years before 1910. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $10.00 each.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Records Section. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (303) 692-2200. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Certificates and Vital Records website.

A request for a birth record must be accompanied by a photo copy of the requestor's identification before processing.

 

CONNECTICUT

Event: Birth

Cost of copy:
$20.00 (City/Town issued)

$30.00 (State issued)

Address:
Please refer to the Connecticut Department of Public Health website for the most current instructions for obtaining a copy of a Connecticut birth certificate.

City/Town issued Certified Certificates
Requests for certified copies of birth should be submitted to the vital records office in the city/town where the person was born, or where the mother lived at the time of the birth. Refer to the CT DPH website for town contact information via a link to a listing of the CT Town Clerk and Registrar Directory. Requests for certified copies may also be submitted to the State Vital Records Office.

State Issued Certified Certificates
Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, MS #11 VRS
Hartford, CT 06134

Remarks: A copy of a valid, government issued photographic identification such as a drivers license, must be submitted with any request for a birth certificate. If a photo ID is not available, photocopies of two alternative forms of identification may be accepted. For additional details about ordering vital records from CT, please refer to the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) website at Vital Records or contact a Customer Service Representative at 860-509-7897 between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm EST.

Payment for requests sent to the town of the vital event must be in the form of a check or money order made payable to the respective town or city. Requests sent to the State vital Records Office require a postal money order made payable to the Treasurer, State of Connecticut.

Refer to the CT DPH website above for town contact information via a link to a listing of the CT Town Clerk and Registrar Directory.

 

DELAWARE

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $25.00

Address:
Office of Vital Statistics
Division of Public Health
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

Remarks: State office has birth records since 1942 - present. For previous years, write to Archives Hall of Records, Dover, DE 19901.

A photo identification is REQUIRED for all transactions. If submitting by mail, a copy of ID IS REQUIRED.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Office of Vital Statistics. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (302) 744-4549. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services website.

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $23.00

Address:
Vital Records Division
899 North Capitol Street NE, First Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Remarks: Office has birth records since 1874.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to DC Treasurer. A copy of a government issued picture identification must accompany each request. To verify current fees and obtain general information, the telephone number is (202) 671-5000. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the District of Columbia Department of Health website.

 

FLORIDA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $9.00

Address:
Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 210
1217 Pearl Street (Zip 32202)
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Remarks: State office has some birth records dating back to April 1850. The majority of records date from January 1917. (If the exact date is unknown, the fee is $9.00 for the first year searched and $2.00 for each additional year up to a maximum of $50.00. Fee includes one certification of record if found or statement stating record not on file.) Additional copies are $4.00 each when requested at the same time.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Bureau of Vital Statistics. To verify current fees, please visit our website or call our telephone number (904)359-6900. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Florida Department of Health website.

All letters or applications must include the signature, relationship/eligibility stated, and a copy of a valid PICTURE ID (Driver's License, Passport, Military ID. or State Identification card) of the applicant.

Birth records in Florida are confidential by law. Please visit our website for information on eligibility.

A self-addressed stamped envelope is appreciated.

 

GEORGIA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $25.00

Address:
Georgia Department of Public Health
Vital Records
2600 Skyland Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-3640

Remarks: State office has records since January 1919. For earlier records in Atlanta or Savannah or other cities or counties, write to the Vital Records Office in the county where the event occurred. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $5.00 each.

A certified check or money order should be made payable to Georgia Department of Public Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (404) 679-4702. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Georgia Department of Public Health website.

The requestor must provide a photocopy of a valid government-issued photo ID.

 

GUAM

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $5.00

Address:
Office of Vital Statistics
123 Chalan Kareta
Mangilao, Guam 96913

Remarks: Office has records since October 26, 1901.

Money order should be made payable to Treasurer of Guam. Personal checks are not accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (671) 735-7292.

 

HAWAII

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $10.00

Address:
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801-9984

Remarks: State office has some records as early as 1853. Additional copies ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

Cashier's check, certified check, or money order should be made payable to State Department of Health. Personal checks are not accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (808) 586-4533. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Hawaii State Department of Health, Vital Records website.

 

IDAHO

Event: Birth

Cost of copy:
$16.00 Computer Generated
$21.00 Photo Static copy and $16.00 for additional Photo Static copies

Address:
Vital Records Unit
Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0036

Remarks: State office has some records before July 1911. For records from 1907 to 1911, write to County Recorder in county where event occurred. Records are legally confidential for 100 years.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Idaho Vital Statistics. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (208) 334-5988. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website

Applicants must provide a government-issued photo identification with signature. If this is not available, the applicant must provide a copy of two forms of identification with one having a signature.

 

ILLINOIS

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: certified copy: $15.00
certification: $10.00

Address:
Division of Vital Records
Illinois Department of Public Health
925 E Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, IL 62702

Remarks: State office has records since January 1916. For earlier records and for copies of State records since January 1916, write to County Clerk in county where event occurred (county fees vary). The fee for a search of the State files is $10.00. If the record is found, one certification is issued at no additional charge. Additional certifications of the same record ordered at the same time are $2.00 each. The fee for a full certified copy is $15.00. Additional certified copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $2.00 each.

Money orders, certified checks, or personal checks should be made payable to Illinois Department of Public Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (217) 782-6553. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

 

INDIANA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $10.00

Address:
Vital Records
Indiana State Department of Health
P.O. Box 7125
Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125

Remarks: State office birth records begin in October 1907. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $4.00 each. For earlier records, write to Health Officer in city or county where event occurred.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Indiana State Department of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (317) 233-2700. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Indiana State Department of Health website.

Applicant must provide a photocopy of a valid identification with picture and signature along with the application. Proof of relationship may be required.

 

IOWA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $15.00

Address:
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Records
Lucas Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Remarks: State office has records since July 1880.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Iowa Department of Public Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (515) 281-4944. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Iowa Department of Public Health website.

Applicants for all records must provide a photo identification when applying in person. Written applications must include a clear photo copy of a current government issued ID and applicant's notarized signature.

 

KANSAS

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $15.00

Address:
Office of Vital Statistics
Curtis State Office Building
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 120
Topeka, Kansas 66612-2221

Remarks: State office has records since July 1911. For earlier records, write to County Clerk in county where event occurred. Additional copies of same record ordered at same time are $15.00 each.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Statistics. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (785) 296-1400. This will be a recorded message with the option to speak with a Customer Service Representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Office of Vital Statistics website.

The applicant MUST include a copy of a photo ID and a handwritten signature with the request.

 

KENTUCKY

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $10.00

Address:
Office of Vital Statistics
Department for Public Health
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
275 East Main Street 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621

Remarks: State office has records since January 1911.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (502) 564-4212. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Vital Records and Genealogy Information website.

 

LOUISIANA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy:
Long form: $15.00*

Fees for mail-in services are payable by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics”. A copy of a valid photo ID for the applicant is required.

* A $0.50 state charge must be added to each mail-in order.

Address:
Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160

Main Number: (504) 593-5100

Remarks: Birth records are strictly confidential, and are maintained by the Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics for 100 years. Birth records older than 100 years are maintained by the Louisiana State Archives (PO Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804).

For more information on who may obtain a birth record, how to submit a request, special requirements, and other information regarding birth records, please visit the Louisiana Center of State Registrar and Vital Records Website.

 

MAINE

Event: Birth

Cost of copy:
Certified $15.00
Non-Certified $10.00

Address:
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
11 State House Station
220 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04333-0011

Remarks: State office physically houses records since 1923. Records from 1892-1922 housed at the Maine State Archives. For earlier records, write to the municipality where the event occurred. Additional copies of same record ordered at same time are $6.00 each.

To purchase a record, the request must include proof of identification (photocopy of valid photo IDs such as a driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued photo identification), written request, self-addressed stamped envelope and proof of lineage (if the requestor is not listed on the record) or direct and legitimate interest in the record, if applicable.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Treasurer, State of Maine. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (207) 287-3181, or toll-free at 1-888-664-9491. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Official State of Maine website.

 

MARYLAND

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $24.00

Address:
Division of Vital Records
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
6550 Reisterstown Road
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036

Remarks: State office has records since August 1898. Records for city of Baltimore are available from January 1875. The cost for the Commemorative Birth Certificate is $50.00.

For genealogical studies and older records, you must apply through the Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401, (410) 260-6400.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Division of Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (410) 764-3038. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration website.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Event: Birth

Cost of copy:
In person: $20.00
Mail request: $32.00
State Archives: $3.00

Address:
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105

Remarks: State office has no records previous to 1926. For earlier records, write to The Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125 (617) 727-2816.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (617) 740-2600. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Registry of Vital Records and Statistics website.

 

MICHIGAN

Event: Birth or Affidavit of Parentage

Cost of copy: $34.00 (Rush fee additional $12.00)

Address:
Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

Remarks: State office has records of births that occurred and were filed with the state since 1867. Some of the records (especially pre-1906 births) were not filed with the state. Affidavit of Parentage records are on file in the Central Paternity Registry since June 1, 1997 and can be ordered from the State Office. Records prior to that date would have to be obtained from the court where they were filed.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to State of Michigan. Fees are $34.00 for the search and first certified copy of any birth or Affidavit of Parentage record. Exception is Senior Citizen age 65+ ($14.00) requesting their own birth record. Additional copies of any record ordered at the same time are $16.00 each. To request an application call the recorded message at (517) 335-8656, to leave your name and mailing address with type of application needed. To speak to a customer service representative call 517-335-8666 and press option #4. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services website.

Michigan birth records and Affidavit of Parentage records are restricted documents and are available only to eligible individuals. A photocopy of an eligible individual's current photo identification (state driver's license, state personal ID card, or passport, etc. is required to be sent in, along with the signed application and appropriate fee.

Copies of records may also be obtained from the County Clerk in county where event occurred. Fees vary from county to county. City of Detroit Vital Records office was closed effective 12/13/13 and all records transferred to Wayne County. You may obtain Detroit records from the State Office or the Wayne County Office.

 

MINNESOTA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $26.00

Address:
Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering - Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St Paul, MN 55164

Remarks: The Office of Vital Records has birth records on file from January 1900 to current. Copies of birth records can be obtained from any Local Registrar. Additional copies of the birth record when ordered at the same time are $19.00. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Minnesota Department of Health websiteAny questions in regards to obtaining a certified birth copy, the telephone number is (651) 201-5980. If paying by mail, please submit check, money order or credit information with your notarized application. An application and credit card information can also be faxed to (651) 201-5740.

 

MISSISSIPPI

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $15.00

Address:
Vital Records
State Department of Health
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700

Remarks: State office has records since 1912. Additional copies of same record ordered at same time are $5.00 each. Personal check, bank or postal money order or bank cashier's check are accepted and should be made payable to Mississippi State Department of Health. A copy of a valid photo ID for the applicant is required. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (601) 576-7981. A recorded message may be reached on (601) 576-7450. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Mississippi State Department of Health website.

 

MISSOURI

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $15.00

Address:
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
930 Wildwood
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

Remarks: State office has records since January 1910. Certified copies of most Missouri birth and death records are also available from local county health department or the Recorder of Deeds in St. Louis City. For details, please contact these offices directly. If event occurred in St. Louis (City), St. Louis County, or Kansas City before 1910, write to the city or county Health Department. Copies of these records are $15.00 each.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Please include a legal size self-addressed stamped envelope. To verify current fees on birth and death records, the telephone number is (573) 751-6387. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Vital Records website.

A valid photo ID is required for walk-in applicants. A signature is required. Notarized requests are required for mail-in orders. Notary date must be the same as the date of application.

 

MONTANA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $12.00

Address:
Office of Vital Statistics
MT Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
111 N Sanders, Rm. 6
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604

Remarks: State office has had records since late 1907. Additional copies of the same record requested at the same time are $5.00.

Applicants MUST provide a clear and readable copy of both sides of their current driver’s license or other current government issued identification with signature. If this is not available, the applicant must either provide a clear and readable copy of two other forms of current identification with one having a signature or have their request notarized.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Montana Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is 1-406-444-2685. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services website.

 

NEBRASKA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $17.00

Address:
Nebraska Vital Records
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

Remarks: State office has records since late 1904. If birth occurred before then, write the State office for information. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Nebrask Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (402) 471-2871. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website.

All requests must include a photocopy of the requestor's valid government-issued photo identification, i.e.valid driver’s license, valid State ID card, valid passport or visa.

 

NEVADA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $20.00

Address:
Office of Vital Records
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104
Carson City, NV 89706

Remarks: State office has records since July 1911. For earlier records, write to County Recorder in county where event occurred.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Office of Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (775) 684-4242. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at Division of Public and Behavioral Health website

The applicant MUST include a copy of a photo ID with the request and proof of relationship to verify direct and tangible interest.

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $15.00; Additional copies ordered at the same time are $10.00 each.

Address:
Division of Vital Records Administration
Archives Building
71 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301-2410

Remarks: State office has records since 1631. Copies of records may be obtained from State office or from City or Town Clerk in place where birth occurred. Recent records (birth since 1982) may be obtained from ANY City or Town running the Vital Records Automated software called NHVRIN.

Applicant must submit a written request and a photo ID with signature of the requestor or notarized assignment of access from registrant authorizing non-direct or tangibly related individual access and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Treasurer, State of New Hampshire. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (603) 271-4651. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the New Hampshire, Department of State, Division of Vital Records Administration website.

 

NEW JERSEY

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $25.00 for initial copy. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $2.00 each.

Address: 
Office of Vital Statistics & Registry
NJ Department of Health
P.O. Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370

Please visit the New Jersey Vital Statistics website for the most up to date information regarding ordering options and information or call toll-free at 1-866-649-8726.

Remarks: The State Office of Vital Statistics and Registry maintains records from 1916 to present. For older records, please see information for the State Archives.

All requests must include a copy of the requestor's valid identification, payment of the appropriate fee and proof of relationship to the individual listed on the vital record.

A State or local Registrar may issue a certified copy of a vital record only to persons who establish themselves as the subject of the vital record, the subject's parent, legal guardian or legal representative, spouse, child, grandchild or sibling, if of legal age, to a State or Federal agency for official purposes, pursuant to court order or under other emergent circumstances as determined by the Commissioner. All other applicants will be issued a Certification that state the document is not for identification or legal purposes.

 

NEW MEXICO

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $10.00

Address:
New Mexico Vital Records
P.O. Box 25767
Albuquerque, NM 87125

Remarks: State office has records since 1920 and delayed records since 1880.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to NM Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is 1-866-534-0051. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at New Mexico Department of Health website.

 

NEW YORK (EXCEPT NEW YORK CITY)

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $30.00

Address:
Certification Unit
Vital Records Section/2nd floor
800 North Pearl Street
Menands, NY 12204

Remarks: State office has records since 1880. For records before 1914 in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers, or before 1880 in any other city, write to Registrar of Vital Statistics in city where event occurred. For the rest of the State, except New York City, write to State office.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to New York State Department of Health. Payment of mail order copies submitted from foreign countries must be made by a check drawn on a United States bank or by an international money order. To verify current fees, the telephone number is 1-855-322-1022. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the New York State Department of Health website.

For all types of State and local issued copies, the applicant is required to provide government issued photo identification.

 

NEW YORK CITY

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $15.00

Address:
NYC Health Department
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, CN4, Rm. 133
New York, NY 10013

Remarks: The Office of Vital Records issues birth certificates for individuals who were born in one of the five boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island) since 1910. The easiest and fastest way to order a birth certificate is on line at our website.(these orders are processed within 24 hours). For birth records issued prior to 1910, please click here. If you would like to mail an application to the NYC Health Department, please be aware that applications must be notarized and processing time is at least 30 days.

For additional information on correcting and ordering birth certificates, please visit www.nyc.gov/vitalrecords or call 311 (212-639-9675 outside New York City).

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Event: Birth

Cost of first copy: $24.00

Cost of each additional copy: $15.00

Address:
NC Vital Records
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1903

Remarks: The State office has birth records beginning with October 1913. Business or certified check or money order should be made payable to NC Vital Records. To verify current fees and access additional information on how to obtain copies of vital records, the telephone number is (919) 733-3000 or visit the North Carolina Vital Records website.

A copy of a valid photo ID and a signed application is required for all certificate requests. See NC Vital Records’ certificate application for a list of acceptable IDs.

The Register of Deeds in the county where the birth occurred can provide copies of birth certificates upon request.

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $7.00

Address:
ND Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 301
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200

Remarks: State office has some records starting in 1870. The years 1870 to 1920 are incomplete. Additional copies of birth records are $4.00 each. Copies are generally processed within 3-5 working days after request is received.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to ND Department of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (701) 328-2360. This is an automated attendant with a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the North Dakota Department of Health, Vital Records website.

The applicant must submit a photocopy of a government issued ID with their request.

 

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $20.00

Address:
Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation
Vital Statistics Office
P.O. Box 500409
Saipan, MP 96950

Remarks: Office has records for birth since 1946. Records from 1946 to 1950 are incomplete. Money order or bank cashiers check should be made payable toCommonwealth Healthcare Corporation. To verify current fees, call (670) 236-8717 or (670) 236-8702. E-mail address is info@vs-cnmi.org.

 

OHIO

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $21.50

Address:
Vital Statistics
Ohio Department of Health
P.O. Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215-0098

Remarks: State office has birth records since December 20, 1908. For earlier birth and death records, write to the Probate Court in the county where the event occurred.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Treasury, State of Ohio. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (614) 466-2531. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Ohio Department of Health, Vital Records website.

 

OKLAHOMA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $15.00

Address:
Vital Records Service
State Department of Health
PO Box 53551
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Remarks: State office has records since October 1908.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to OSDH. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (405) 271-4040. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies, eligibility requirements, and a list of acceptable IDs is also available via the Internet at http://vr.health.ok.gov/.

A copy of a current legal photo ID from the applicant is required, as well as a completed application and appropriate fees.

Commemorative heirloom certificates are also available: cost $35.00 and includes one (1) certified copy. Detailed description of the heirloom certificate is available at http://vr.health.ok.gov/.

 

OREGON

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $25.00

Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $20.00 each.

Photostatic, full image certificates for birth from 1903 through 2007 are available for $30.00 each.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to OHA/Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (971) 673-1190 ext. 0. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at the Oregon Health Authority website.

The Oregon State Archives can provide non-certified copies of Birth records prior to 1903.

The telephone number for the Oregon State Archives is (503) 373-0701 and the fax number is (503) 373-0953. Information on how to obtain copies is also available via the internet at the Oregon State Archives website.

Remarks: State vital records office has birth records starting from 1903. Oregon State Archives has birth records for the City of Portland from 1864 to 1902 and statewide delayed birth records from 1845 to 1902.

Address:
Oregon Vital Records
P.O. Box 14050
Portland, OR 97293-0050

Address:

Oregon State Archives
800 Summer Street, NE
Salem, OR 97310

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $20.00

Address:
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA.  16103-1528

Remarks: State office has records since January 1906.

All requests must be submitted on an application form, which requires the signature of individual requesting the certificate and a legible copy of his/her valid government issued photo ID that verifies name and mailing address of the individual requesting the certificate. Application forms, eligibility requirements, fees, and additional information, including how to apply online with a credit card for an additional fee are available via the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Vital Records website. The telephone number is (724) 656-3100.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Records.

Pennsylvania birth certificates prior to 1906 can be accessed through the courthouse in the county where the person was born. A list of court houses is available via the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Vital Records website.

 

PUERTO RICO

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $5.00 first copy; $4.00 each additional copy requested on the same application. Registrants over 60 years of age and Veterans of the United States Armed Forces can obtain copies of their birth records free of charge. Maximum three (3) copies per registrant per year.

Address - All mail-in applications must be sent to:
Department of Health
Demographic Registry
P.O. Box 11854
Fernandez Juncos Station
San Juan, PR 00910

If using an Express Service (FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS Express or Priority Mail), applications must be sent to the following PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

Department of Health
Demographic Registry
414 Barbosa Avenue
Lincoln Building
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00925

Remarks: The Central Office of the Demographic Registry has records pertaining to all citizens born as of June 22, 1931. Copies of earlier records may be obtained by writing to the Local Registrar’s Office in the municipality where the event occurred. Payment method via money orders, which should be made payable to the Secretary of Treasury. Neither cash, personal nor bank checks are accepted. To verify the current fees, the telephone number is 787-765-2929 Ext. 6131. All applications must be accompanied by a legible photocopy of a valid form of identification (driver’s license, Passport, or a government emitted ID). Veterans must submit a copy of their DD214 or Veterans Affairs Identification card to receive benefits. Applicants must considered to be an interested party established by law, which are: the proper registrant, mother/father, children over 18 years of age, legal custodian, legal representatives or heirs if existent.

 

RHODE ISLAND

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $20.00

Address:
RI Department of Health
Office of Vital Records, Room 101
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097

Remarks: State office keeps birth and marriage/civil union records for 100 years and keeps death records for 50 years. In general, copies can be obtained at the time of the occurrence. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $15.00 each.

Information for city/town addresses are available via the Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Vital Records website.

For earlier records, write to the city/town clerk where the event occurred or to the Rhode Island State Archives, 337 Westminster Street, Providence RI 02903

Personal check or money order should be made payable to General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island. To verify current fees after office hours, the telephone number is (401) 222-2811. This will be a recorded message. To verify current fees and general information during office hours, please call the Health Hot Line at (401) 222-5960. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Rhode Island Department of Health website.

All requests must be accompanied by a photocopy of the applicant's valid government-issued picture identification, e.g., driver's license. In lieu of a valid government-issued picture identification, two pieces of mail are accepted showing the correct name and address of the individual requesting the record.

Event: Pre-Adoption Non-Certified Birth

Cost of Copy: $20.00

Address:
RI Department of Health
Office of Vital Records, Room 101
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097

In June, 2011 the State of Rhode Island passed a law allowing adult adoptees born in Rhode Island access to a non-certified copy of their unaltered, original birth certificate. If you are an adoptee who was born in Rhode Island and you are age 25 or older, you can request a non-certified copy of your original, pre-adoption birth record from the State Office of Vital Records. According to state law, we can only release your record to you, the adoptee. Relatives cannot request copies of your record on your behalf. Please visit the web-site at www.health.ri.govExternal Web Site Icon under Adult Adoptees for further information on applications, ID requirements and access.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island.

All requests must be accompanied by a photocopy of the applicant’s valid government-issued picture identification, e.g., driver’s license. In lieu of valid government-issued picture identification, two pieces of mail are accepted showing the correct name and address of the individual requesting the record.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Event: Birth

Search Fee: $12.00 - The $12 search fee is non-refundable. The required search fee includes one (1) certification, if record is located. Additional copies purchased at the same time are $3.00 each.  

Address:
Office of Vital Records
SC DHEC
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Remarks: State office has records since January 1915. 

Acceptable method of payment is a money order or a cashier's check made payable to SCDHEC - Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (803) 898-3630. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website.

Anyone requesting a vital record must submit a photocopy of their valid picture identification.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $15.00

Address:
Vital Records
State Department of Health
207 East Missouri Avenue, Suite 1-A
Pierre, SD 57501

Remarks: State office has records filed after July 1905.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to South Dakota Department of Health. To verify current fees the telephone number is (605) 773-4961. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at the South Dakota Department of Health website.

Mail-in applicants must send in a clear copy of a government-issued photo ID OR have their signature notarized.

 

TENNESSEE

Event: Birth

Cost of copy:
Long form: $15.00
Short form: $8.00

Address:
Tennessee Vital Records
1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Remarks: State office has birth records for entire State since January 1914, for Nashville since June 1881, for Knoxville since July 1881, and for Chattanooga since January 1882. Birth enumeration records by school district are available for July 1908 through June 1912. Birth records more than 100 years old are maintained by Tennessee Library and Archives, Archive Division, Nashville, TN 37243-0312. Additional copies of the same record, requested at the same time, are $5.00 each.

If the birth has been amended by adding the father with a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAOP), a certified copy of the VAOP may be ordered if a $15 long form birth certificate is ordered at the same time. The cost of the certified VAOP is an additional $5.00.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Tennessee Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (615) 741-1763. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at the Tennessee Department of Health website.

A photocopy of a valid government issued form of identification which includes the requestor’s signature, usually a driver’s license, must accompany the request.

 

TEXAS

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $22.00

Address:
Texas Vital Records
Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040

Remarks: State office has records since 1903. Additional copies of the birth record ordered at the same time are $22.00 each.

Request for certified copies of birth certificates can be made via the internet, with a credit card, through Texas.gov. An Expedited Application for Birth and Death Record (see Form VS142.21.pdf)can also be completed and sent by an overnight service or by USPS Express Mail, with a check or money order, to the address on the application. Most Texas.gov and Expedited mail requests will be processed within 10 to 15 business days.

Mail-in requests must be made by personal check or money order made payable to the DSHS. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (512) 776-7111. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

 

UTAH

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $20.00; Add'l copy at same time-$10.00

Address:
Office of Vital Records and Statistics
Utah Department of Health
288 North 1460 West
P.O. Box 141012
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1012

Remarks: State office has records since 1905. Identification is now required for the purchase of a Utah Birth Certificate. Mailed request must include an enlarged and easily identifiable photocopy of the back and front of your identification. If no proofs are enclosed, your application will be returned. For a list of acceptable identification see our website at the Utah Department of Health website. Additional copies, when requested at the same time, are $10.00 each.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (801) 538-6105. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at the Utah Department of Health website

 

VERMONT

Event:
Birth

Cost of copy:
$10.00

Address:
Vermont Department of Health
Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 70
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05402-0070

Remarks:
State office has records for the most recent 5 years.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vermont Department of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (802) 863-7275. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the website.

 

Event:
Birth

Cost of copy:
$10.00

Address:
Vermont State Archives and Records Administration
Office of the Secretary of State
1078 US Route 2, Middlesex
Montpelier, VT 05633-7701

Remarks:
Records more than five years old (as early as 1909). Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vermont Secretary of State. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (802) 828-3286.

Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration website.

 

Event:
Birth

Cost of copy:
$10.00

Address:
See remarks

Remarks:
Town or City Clerk in town/city where birth occurred.

 

VIRGINIA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $12.00

Address:
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218-1000

Remarks: State office has records from January 1853 to December 1896 and since June 14, 1912.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to State Health Department. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (804) 662-6200. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at the Virginia Department of Health website.

Anyone requesting a vital record must submit a photocopy of their identification.

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS

St. Croix

Event: Birth

Cost of copy:
$15.00 (Mail request)
$12.00 (In person)

Address:
Department of Health
Vital Statistics
Charles Harwood Memorial Hospital
St. Croix, VI 00820

Remarks: Registrar has birth records on file since 1840.

 

St. Thomas and St. John

Event: Birth

Cost of copy:
$15.00 (Mail request)
$12.00 (In person)

Address:
Department of Health
Vital Statistics
Knud Hansen Complex
St. Thomas, VI 00802

Remarks: Registrar has birth records on file since July 1906.

Money order for birth records should be made payable to Department of Health. Personal checks are not accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (340) 774-9000 ext. 4685 or 4686.

 

WASHINGTON

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $20.00

Address:
Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
P.O. Box 47814
Olympia, WA 98504-7814

Remarks: State office has records from July 1, 1907 to present. You must provide the following information for births: name on record; date of birth; place of birth (city or county); mother’s maiden name; and father’s name if listed.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Department of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (360) 236-4300. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at Washington State Department of Health.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $12.00

Address:
Vital Registration Office
Room 165
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301-3701

Remarks: State office was established in 1917. Earlier records may be on file at the state office as “delayed certificates” if they were placed on file after 1917 and were not already on file in a county clerk’s office. Both offices may need to be queried but it is recommended that for births before 1917 that county offices be queried first.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Registration. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (304) 558-2931. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website.

 

WISCONSIN

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $20.00

Address:
WI Vital Records Office
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 309
Madison, WI 53701-0309

Customer Service: 608-266-1373

Remarks: State Office has scattered records earlier than 1857. Records before October 1, 1907, are very incomplete. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $3.00 each. Customers should use a state birth certificate application form to apply. A copy of a valid photo ID and a signature is required of the applicant.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to State of Wisconsin Vital Records. A stamped, self-addressed business size (#10) envelope should be included with the request. Information on how to obtain certified copies including application forms are available at the Wisconsin Vital Records Services website.

 

WYOMING

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $8.00

Address:
Vital Statistics Services
Hathaway Building
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Remarks: State office has records since July 1909. After 100 years birth records are available through WY State Archives. WY Vital Records Office is a covered entity under The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Statistics Services. A personal check is accepted only if personalized with the name and current address of individual signing the request. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (307) 777-7591. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at the Wyoming Department of Health website.

A legible photocopy of a current state issued ID or passport which bears the signature of the applicant is required. ID with no expiration date is not accepted unless recently issued and additional proof of identification may be requested.