What information do I need to get a copy of my birth certificate?

Woman asking what information does she need to get a copy of her birth certificate

When you apply for a copy of your birth certificate, you should provide as much information as possible to ensure that the Vital Records Office is able to locate the correct records. The processing fees are non-refundable, even if they cannot locate a record based on the information you provided. So, it’s important to make sure that your application is accurate and includes enough details.

Our online application service will help you make sure that you provide the correct information so that you can get your birth certificate quickly and without delays. So, you’ll need to know your:

  • State of birth
  • Full, legal name at birth
  • Place and date of birth
  • Gender at birth
  • Full name of your mother (including maiden name)
  • Full name of the father (if on the birth certificate)
  • Mailing address where you want to receive the certificate
  • Reason for requesting the certificate

If you are requesting someone else’s birth certificate, you’ll need the previous information for them, as well as:

  • Your full, legal name
  • Your relationship to the certificate holder

In most cases, this is all you will need. However, some states require additional proof of your relationship to the certificate holder, in order to have a certified copy of their birth certificate issued to you. For example, if you are ordering a copy of your child’s birth certificate, you will need to include your own identification documents to prove that you are one of the parents listed on their birth record.

Find out more here: Documents required to request a birth certificate

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