Express-Shipping Your Birth Certificate: What You Need To Know

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You are leaving for your cruise to the Bahamas in just two weeks and you realized you do not have a copy of your birth certificate! The cruise line requires that you show your photo ID and your birth certificate before boarding, so this is a big problem. What can you do? If you live in the state where you were born, you may be able to go down to the courthouse or department of vital records and request it in person. However, if you live out of state, this may be difficult if not impossible. You may need to order your certificate by phone or internet and using an express shipping option can help you get your document in a jiffy.

Here is some basic information you need to know about express shipping your birth certificate:

  • Express shipping is not the same thing as express processing. Express shipping only covers the actual physical shipment of the certificate after it’s been located and prepared. The government agency will need time to locate and prepare your certificate once your order has been placed and your information verified. It will then be sent using an expedited carrier service if that’s what you requested. If your certificate is particularly hard to find or your information is not easily verifiable, there may be a delay.
  • While express shipping is fast, it is no substitution for planning. If possible, try not to wait until the last minute to order your birth certificate. Then, you will not have to worry about whether it will arrive in time.
  • Express shipping usually has an additional charge associated with it. Therefore, if you are not in a big rush, you may want to go ahead and choose standard shipping.
  • Using express shipping services also provides another level of security, with features such as required signature and door-to-door tracking, so you can feel confident that your birth certificate will arrive safely.
  • While the speed and level of service varies depending upon the agency issuing your certificate, VitalChek is typically able to help you get your birth certificate within about a week in most cases.  Some locations may take significantly longer than this, so it’s best to plan ahead.

Ordering a birth certificate is not that difficult of a process. If you are in a hurry, upgrade to express shipping and you will most likely have your much-needed document in just a few days’ time. Then, you can get ready for that cruise with one less worry on your mind!



  1. I was born in Taiwan in 1971. The US base that I was born in was closed down long time ago. I want to get a birth certificate. Will this be a problem?

    1. Hello Alex. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. If you were born on a US base and at least one parent is a U.S. citizen, you are more than likely looking to obtain your CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) We suggest you contact the U.S. Department of State for guidance. Please CLICK HERE to visit their website for more information.

  2. i did not mean to use expedited shipping i want standard shipping at a lower price what can i do?

    1. Hello Nathan. If you placed an order through VitalChek, please contact us so we can assist you with this matter. The quickest way to reach us is by private message on our Facebook page where you will usually get a response in a matter of minutes. You can also call us at 800-255-2414 or email us at

  3. So I just ordered my birth certificate on Sunday 2/17/19
    How long will it take to get here if it was rushed I’m from minnesota and live in Minnesota

    1. Hello Shad. If you ordered your certificate through VitalChek, you can click here to visit our website. Once there, click the “Processing Times” tab in the top right corner and select Minnesota from the drop down. You will then be provided with the average processing times. If you need further assistance, please contact us with your oder number. The quickest way to reach us is by private message at You can also call us at 800-255-2414 or email us at

  4. Around about how much is express shipping?

    1. Hello Amanda. Express shipping prices may vary based on location. Please feel free to contact us and we can provide you an estimate. The quickest way to reach us is by private message at You can also call us at 800-255-2414 or email us at

  5. Well I thought I had a copy of my birth certificate and for some reason it has completely disappeared I have to be on a cruise in exactly one week I live in Florida will there be a guaranteed less than a week delivery? Money is no object

    1. Hello Cherish. We are sorry to hear about your dilemma. Unfortunately, since each order presents its own unique set of circumstances, it would be difficult to guarantee processing time. The quickest way to receive a certified copy of your birth certificate is usually to go in person to the vital records agency that issued your certificate originally. We wish you the best in resolving this issue.

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