Get a certified Birth Certificate without Getting Cheated

How To Get a Certified Birth Certificate Copy 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

  7. hola mi hijo nacio en estados unidos pero ahora vive en mexico y necesito su carta apostilla para poder sacar su doble nacionalidad

    1. Hola Ana. Thank you for reaching out to us. Please email us at so one of our customer service professionals may assist you.

  8. Hello, I was born in NYC (Manhattan) and need a birth certificate with apostille for legal purposes in the EU state where I now live. Can I order this over your internet site? It was not clear I could, as I was not getting any options that specifically mentioned “long form”, as well as “apostille”.

    1. Hello Daniel. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Please email us at and one of our customer service specialists will be happy to assist you.

  9. Hi my name is aida.I’m trying to get long form birth certificate and don’t know how iwas told that the family ive known all my life is family by Association through my dad
    So I want a copy of my original to find out whats the deal

    1. Hello Aida. Unfortunately, in order to get a copy of your birth certificate, you will be required to verify the information that appears on it such as your name, date of birth, parents names, etc. If you do not know this information, we suggest you contact the vital records agency in the city/state where you were born to determine how you can go about obtaining your birth certificate. We wish you the best in this endeavor.

  10. Hello I was born in the US, but never had a my birth registered or have any id. Is it still possible to get a birth certificate online? Thanks.

    1. Hello Victor. VitalChek provides expedited ordering service for customers looking to obtain a certified copy of an already existing birth certificate or other vital record. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the state where you were born to determine how you would go about getting your birth registered.

  11. can someone tell he how they got the certificate of live birth or long form birth certificate from New Mexico?

    1. Hello Billy. Please click here to visit the New Mexico Department of Health website. You will find information about the ordering methods by which you can order a certified copy of your New Mexico birth certificate including online ordering through VitalChek.

  12. I am currently in India and my daughter requires apostille in her birth certificate for us to apply OCI in India. She was born in Alabama, Kindly help by providing details of how I can get apostille?

    1. Hello Mrid. For more information about obtaining the apostille, please email us at One of our customer service specialists will be happy to assist you.

  13. why am I receiving an email from vital check saying info needs to be verified I never applied for one here. the tracking number is associated to one sent to Boston in December. now I need one and im afraid it wont go through because of this mix up.

    1. Hello Kathie. Please contact us at 800-255-2414, or via private message on the VitalChek Facebook and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  14. Hey I’m justin I tried to order a long form birth certificate ISDOH but I only got the short state issued copy, when I received the short form it came with an extra note that stated. {quote:} -enclosed you’ll find a certified copy of your Indiana birth certificate. However, due to legal binding change in the form of an adoption, paternity and/or legal name change, we are NOT able to issue a LONGFORM/FULL IMAGE BIRTH CERTIFICATE (This Document Can Be Used For All Purposes). What does this mean?

    1. Hello Justin. It sounds as if they are legally unable to issue you a long form birth certificate because certain information contained on the long form certificate may be sealed because of adoption or paternity or other legal issues. You may want to contact ISDOH directly for further clarification.

  15. Hello, I’m ordering my birth certificate online for
    international purposes. I wanna know if my birth certificate AUTOMATICALLY comes with an apostillate.
    Thank you

    1. Hello Jay. Thanks for your question. Your birth certificate will not automatically come with an apostille. Once you receive your certified copy of your birth certificate, you can apply for the apostille. State documents such as vital records are usually authenticated by designated state competent authorities such as the state Secretary of State.

  16. How can I specifically obtain a long form birth certificate?

    1. Hello Jay. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in your birth state to see if they offer a long form birth certificate and what reason you should supply during the ordering process to ensure the certificate you receive contains the information you need.

  17. Hello, I need to apostille my daughter’s birth certificate and I have an original certificate with me yet, my state office tells me I need to get a current copy from the vital records office and bring that copy to them to apostille. Why do I need to get a copy if I already have a certificate? Thank you

    1. Hello Ruth. Over the past several years, security measures with regard to travel have tightened significantly. As a result, new requirements have been issued with regards to what information must be included to constitute an legally acceptable birth certificate. This is more than likely the reason you are now required to get a current certified copy of your daughter’s birth certificate.

  18. I have to renew my cdl drivers license in pa and require my birth certificate. I seen the options for ID purposes and also obtain a license option but also seen the Long Form option and passport option. Will the Long form option cover me to renew my cdl drivers license and in the future getting my passport and other forms of ID

    1. Hello Mr Riley. Please contact us so we can assist you with your questions. The quickest way to reach us is through private message at You can also call us at 800-255-2414 or email us at

  19. Hello,

    I am in Indiana and applied to get a Certificate of Live Birth. I was informed that I could not get one because of a legally binding change, in which the last name was changed at the age of 5. With that being said, is there any way I could still receive the long form? Thanks

    1. Hello Brent. Unfortunately, we are unable to answer this question. You may want to contact the vital records agency to find out if there are any exceptions the would allow you to get the long form certificate.

  20. Hi,
    Just read your blog. Very Helpful. Thank you.

  21. Hello,

    Can I request a certified copy of a Birth certificate through vitalchek, for someone else, using a POA? Do I get the option to upload the POA? Thanks.

    1. Hello Bert. Thanks for reaching out with your question. The ability to use the POA to obtain someone’s birth certificate may vary from state to state. Please contact us with your question and a member of our customer support team can look up the entitlement rules for the state in question. The quickest way to contact us is by private message at You will usually get a response in amatter of minutes. You can also call 800-255-2414 or email

  22. Hello,

    What reason do I choose in VitalCheck to order and receive a NYC Long Form Birth Certificate and Exemplification Letter?
    Appostille/Authentication? Dual Citizenship/Immigration? Or something else?

    The long form with an appostille (separate effort) is required for my dual citizenship application.

    Thanks in advance,

    1. Hello Joe. Thanks for reaching out with your question. You would need to select the Dual Citizenship/Immigration option.

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