How To Get a Certified Birth Certificate Copy Without Getting Cheated

In November 30, 2015

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Get a certified Birth Certificate without Getting Cheated

How to Get a Certified Birth Certificate without Getting Cheated


  1. how do a get a apostille birth certificate for my son under age we live out of the usa do a have to send a especail aplication

    1. Hello Elizabeth and thank you for your question.
      You’ll want to make sure you have the correct type of birth certificate. You can contact the vital records office to verify you have the correct certificate along with asking them the process in that state for obtaining an apostille. If your son was born in the US then you can order his certificate through our VitalChek. For some state we can assist with requesting an apostille. You can order at or contact our office at 1-800-255-2414. We work directly with hundreds of government agencies nationwide to provide consumers with the ability to securely order their vital records online.

      Information about ordering an Apostilled/Authenticated certificate:

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  2. hello, when I order a birth certificate is it the long form that states parents’ place of birth, doctor’s name etc, or is it the short form that just says name of child, dob, place of birth?

    1. Thank you for your question. Typically a short-form birth certificate will show the basic information such as the name of the child, date and place of birth, and possibly the parents’ names. A long-form birth certificate will generally have more information including the parents’ names and dates of birth, name of the hospital, and possibly the address of the parents at the time of the child’s birth. Each vital record agency may have slightly different information shown on a “short-form” or “long-form” birth certificate; however, if you’re looking to have an official certified birth certificate to obtain a passport, you’ll want to order a “long-form” certificate. We hope this information is helpful. Thank you.

  3. hello,

    I wasn’t given the option of “long-form” or “Short-form” birth certificate when i used VitalChek website, why not? I’m trying to get a PA ID will this certificate be acceptable? I had try to apply with a copy of the exacted original birth certificate and they did not accept it. I want to know will the PENNDOT accept VitalChek birth certificate copy?

    1. Hello Simone and thank you for your question.
      Pennsylvania does not give the option of long form or short form. You should’ve been asked the reason you are requesting the certificate and based on that reason selected will determine what information Pennsylvania will include on the certified birth certificate they send you. These certificates are coming directly to you from the Pennsylvania office. VitalChek provides the ordering service for the state vital records offices.
      If you need to check the status of your order or ask any detailed questions regarding your order you can contact our office at 1-866-712-8238.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  4. Hello, I live in Egypt, i need to apply for a social security number for the 1st time ever and for that i need a Birth certificate, i tried to order one but it needs a social security number to confirm identity.

    How can i use Passport ID to confirm identity and proceed with the birth certificate order?


    1. Hello Bahaa and thank you for your question.
      Depending on the state that you were born in we may have other ways to verify your identity. Please contact our office at 1-800-255-2414 so we can assist you in placing an order and verifying your identity.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  5. hello,

    can you get me copies of the long form on my birth certificate?

    i have ordered twice before and only can get the short form.


    1. Hello, and thank you for your question. If you’ve ordered previously, and selected the reason for ordering as “travel”, “passport” or similar, then the certificate issued should be the correct version that is accepted for those reasons. Several vital record agencies have gotten away from issuing long-form birth certificates recently, but they do include all the appropriate information on the certificate issued for the reason requested. If you wish further assistance, feel free to email us at, or call toll-free at 800-255-2414. Thank you.

  6. Hello,
    I was born in USA, and now i live in Senegal, i want to get a birth certificate to apply for a new passport. I need your help.
    Thanks .

    1. Hello Sanaba. Thanks for reaching out with your question. You should be able to log on to and order your birth certificate online. Be sure to select travel/passport as your reason for ordering. Should you have questions during the process, you can email us at and we’ll be happy to assist you

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