How do I apply for a birth certificate?

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There are a few different methods that you can use to request a copy of your birth certificate. However, the easiest and fastest way is to apply online. When you use our simple online application system, all you have to do is:

  • Complete the application form for your state
  • Pay your state fees
  • Follow the custom instructions we provide to submit your application

Most states also require you to submit proof of ID with your application, and a few states require your application to be notarized. However, we include individualized instructions with your application package. So, you’ll know exactly which supporting documents you need to include, and how to correctly submit your application to the right office.

How do I request a birth certificate for my newborn?

It’s important to register your baby’s birth and apply for a birth certificate for them, within the first year of their life. They will need their birth certificate throughout their life to prove their identity, age, and citizenship.

Most hospitals provide you with the paperwork to apply for a newborn’s birth certificate, and it usually takes about a month to process your application and for you to receive the birth certificate in the mail.

If you didn’t apply for one before you left the hospital, it’s easy to do so using our secure, online vital record application services. You just have to complete a short form with your baby’s full, legal name, date, and place of birth, parents’ names, mother’s maiden name, and your mailing address.

For more information, check out: How to get your baby’s birth certificate

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