How To Request a Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate

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Birth certificates are an important and necessary document to have on hand. However, sometimes this vital piece of paper becomes lost, soiled, stolen or destroyed. If you--or an immediate family member--are in this predicament, it's imperative that you acquire a replacement copy ASAP.

Why the Rush?

Four primary reasons to have a copy of your birth certificate are:

1. You cannot enroll a family member into DEERS without producing a copy of his or her birth certificate.

2. Most states require a certified copy of a birth certificate from anyone applying to change a driver's license.

3. When applying for a passport, you'll save yourself a lot of time and unnecessary stress during the application process by providing a copy of your birth certificate. (A birth certificate isn't required to get an American passport. You can read more about that here.)

4. Most public schools require a certified copy of the child's birth certificate upon enrollment.

Requesting a Birth Certificate

The criteria for acquiring a birth certificate varies from state to state. Some accept phone, mail, online, and walk-in requests. Others release copies only if the request is made in person or by mail. In addition, many states have specific forms that must be included with the request.

To obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate, please select the state from the list below where the birth occurred.

 

Alabama Vital Records
(334) 206-5418

Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics
(907) 465-3391

Arizona Office of Vital Records
(602) 364-1300

Arkansas
Phone: 1-800-661-2174

California
Phone: 1- 916-445-2684

Colorado
Phone: 1-303 -692-2224

Connecticut
Phone: 1-860-509-7700

Delaware
Phone: 1-302-744-4549

District of Columbia
Phone: 1-202-442-9203

Florida
Phone: 1-904-359-6900 ext. 1029

Georgia
Phone: 1-404-679-4702

Hawaii
Phone: 1-808-586-4533

Idaho
Phone: 1-208-334-5988

Illinois
Phone: 1-217-782-6553

Indiana
Phone: 1-317-233-2700

Iowa
Phone: 1-515-281-4944

Kansas
Phone: 1-785-296-3253

Kentucky
Phone: 1-502-564-4212

Louisiana
Phone: 1-504-219-4500

Maine
Phone: 1-207-287-3181

Maryland
Phone: 1-800-832-3277

Massachusetts
Phone: 1-617-740-2600

Michigan
Phone: 1-517- 335-8666

Minnesota
Phone: 1-651-201-5970

Mississippi
Phone: 1-601-576-7981

Missouri
Phone: 1-573-751-6378

Montana
Phone: 1-406-444-2685

Nebraska
Phone: 1-402- 471-2871

Nevada
Phone: 1-775-684-4242

New Hampshire
Phone: 1-603-271-4650

New Jersey
Phone: 1-866-649-8726

New Mexico
Phone: 1-877-827-0121

New York
Phone: 1-518-474-3077

New York City
Phone: 1-212-788-4520

North Carolina
Phone: 1-919-733-3526

North Dakota
Phone: 1-701-328-2360

Ohio
Phone: 1-614-466-2531

Oklahoma
Phone: 1-405- 271-4040

Oregon
Phone: 1-971-673-1190

Pennsylvania
Phone: 1-724-656-3100

Rhode Island
Phone: 1-401- 222-2812

South Carolina
Phone: 1-803-898-3630

South Dakota
Phone: 1-605-773-4961

Tennessee
Phone: 1-615-741-1763

Texas
Phone: 1-512-458-7111

Utah
Phone: 1-801-538-6380

Vermont
Phone: 1-802-863-7275

Virginia
Phone: 1-804-662-6200

Washington
Phone: 1-360-236-4300

West Virginia
Phone: 1-304-558-2931

Wisconsin
Phone: 1-608-266-1371

Wyoming
Phone: 1-307-777-7591

 

Edited and updated by Armin Brott, November 2016