How to order a birth certificate online

How To Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate

In September 17, 2013

Needing an official, certified copy of your birth certificate has become increasingly important, especially over the last few years. Aside from needing one when obtaining a passport, states have begun putting identity check systems in place for applying for or renewing a driver’s license. If your child is registering for school, an original birth certificate is often required as proof of age. Replacing a social security card cannot be done without a birth certificate. It may also be required to register to vote or enroll into an athletic program. Any person working on a military facility in the US requires a birth certificate as proof of citizenship, as do many employers who are sensitive to the penalties for hiring persons not legally residing in the US.

Fortunately VitalChek makes obtaining a copy of your birth record easy and convenient with online ordering, secure credit card payment, and fast order processing. Ordering typically only takes about ten minutes, and your request is submitted to the appropriate government agency to issue and send your document.

For 25 years, VitalChek has been an official, government-authorized service for citizens to securely order their certified birth certificates and other vital records from official government agencies. Our direct relationships with hundreds of government vital record agencies across the country helps make it easier, safer, and more convenient to obtain these critical documents.

Obtaining copies of birth certificates or other vital records are generally not free. Vital record agencies charge a specific fee for these certificates, which can range from $2.00 – $50.00. VitalChek’s minimal processing fee covers a variety of services including secure online ordering and electronic payment processing, data security features, order tracking, 24/7 customer support, identity verification, and other benefits. Other online services may charge an additional $20 – $60, without providing approved services or guaranteeing confidentiality of your data.

Occasionally circumstances outside our control can cause a delay in obtaining records. This can include additional documentation required by the agency to complete the request, agency office closures, seasonal or weather-related delays, or other reasons. It is important to provide as much information as possible when requesting your birth certificate records, to help eliminate any potential delays.

There is no reason to wait until your birth certificate, or other government issued document, is needed. Take advantage of VitalChek’s fast, easy system and be prepared. VitalChek offers the convenience of ordering birth certificates for yourself or your family from the privacy of your home or office, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, with no hidden fees or unexplained charges. No traffic, no standing in line, no parking, no hassles.

73 Comments

  1. I need my childs birth certificated

    1. Hello Christy – Please contact our office at 1-800-255-2414 and we’ll happy to assist you in obtaining your child’s certified birth certificate from the state they were born.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  2. Im needing help with what documents i need to get a birth certificate? I dont have a valid dl i have ss card and my dl that is expired

    1. Thank you for your question. We’ll be glad to help determine whether you have all the information necessary to order your birth certificate, but because each vital record agency has different rules, we will need some additional information. Please contact us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and let us know where and when you were born, and that you’d like to know what documents are required to order your certificate. Thank you.

  3. My father was adopted and past away. The only information i have is his birth name and birthday.
    How do i go about finding his birth certificate with such little information?

    1. Hello Melissa and thank you for your question.
      If you know where your father was born, his adopted parents names, along with the information that you already have, DOB and his legal name, then you should have enough information to perform a search for his birth certificate. Keep in mind you will not need the information from before he was adopted.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  4. Hello i oredered my son’s birth certificate to enroll him into school? Will the bc i ordered from here be accepted to do so with it??

  5. My girls mom never registered her in Mexico and I need to know how to get her birth certificate

    1. Hello Joseph and thank you for your question.
      If she was born in Mexico then you would have to contact the Mexican consulate offices. If she was born in the US you can order from most states through our online service https://www.VitalVhek.com or call us at 1-800-255-2414. We are the authorized and secure service for expedited orders for most vital records offices in the United States. Of course you can also order directly through the Vital records office via mail in application or in person counter service if available.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

    2. I have a learner in grade2 who doesn’t have birth certificate,she was born in SA but her parents are from Lesotho,tthey tried. registering her at Home Affairs in Klerksdorp but we’re referred to Rustenburg and should pay a certain amount,Can you please help

  6. I need to get a copy of my son’s birth certificate so he can fly to Florida with his sister and grandma. How much would it cost and how long does it take to receive the copy?

    1. Hello Rebecca and thank you for your questions – The cost and processing time will depend on the state where your son was born. Please feel free to message us back with the state or you can call us at 1-800-255-2414.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  7. I live in New York. I’m currently doing an ancestry tree & trying to confirm my line in order to become a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution. My parents are deceased & were divorced. I have divorce papers with NO indication of when & where they got married. I jave no bith certificates either. I went to town Hall & they said I wasnt allowed to have that information even though theyve been dead for 40 years. I have their death certificates. so, how do I get a copy of their birth certificates & marriage liscense? What has happened to the freedom of information act? To recap I HAVE their social security numbers, divorce paper & death certificate…. I NEED copies of their birth certificate & marriage liscense in order to persue my quest to become a DAR.
    Thank You

    1. Hello Robin and thank you for your questions.

      Each state varies on the information that they will release, they typically do this to protect the person’s information. However, we completely understand it can be frustrating when you are trying to complete an important project & this something like this holds everything up. Since they are your parents a lot of states will allow you to order their records but as I stated before each state varies. In most cases you will have to be able to provide at least the state where the event occurred and a time frame. To see if we can assist you in obtaining your parents certificates from the states they were born and married, please contact our office at 1-800-255-2414. If we cannot assist you with your order we can try and get you in contact with the government office that can.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  8. I live in Athens and I need a certificate of Birth but I don’t have a credit card . I can send you the money from a credit card with another name . Is this possible?? Or I can send the money in your account. can anyone in the states take it for me and send it to me.?please give me a solution cause I can’t just fly there to take it Thank you ….

    1. Hello Pappas. Please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.comand we will happily look into this for you.

  9. My 82 year old mother was notified that she will need a birth certificate the next time she renews her drivers license. She was born at home in Arkansas and has never had a birth certificate. Her husband, parents, and all her siblings are deceased. She has 5 children including myself.
    What does she need to do in order to get a birth certificate? She has a current Arkansas drivers license, social security card, medicare card, and marriage license. Thank you for any help you can provide.

    1. Thank you for your question. The situation you describe is more common than people may think, especially among persons of your mother’s generation. You may want to contact the State Vital Records Agency in Arkansas to validate where the record of her birth was filed – whether at the State or the County where she was born. Then, with all the pertinent information, a certified birth certificate copy should be able to be ordered. As one of your mother’s children, you should be able to place the order to request her birth certificate, if that’s easier than her placing the order for herself. We hope this is helpful for you. Thank you and best regards.

  10. Why was i charged $8.30 two times in a matter of three days because last time i check this website wanted additional information basically proof of identity and i don’t have it and i thought i didnt have to pay besacuse it didnt go thur and now im be ing charge and i want to know why?

    1. Thank you for letting us know your situation Samantha. Please contact us as soon as possible at vitals.research@vitalchek.com with your information so we may research and correct the situation for you. Thank you.

  11. Hi I need to get my younger sister’s birth certificate. My parents are too lazy and my sister needs it asap. Can I get it for her? She’s almost 16 & I am 25.

    1. Hello Marie. Thanks for your question. Each state has it’s own guidelines for who is entitled to order a vital record. We suggest you contact the Vital Records agency in area where your sister was born to determine who is eligible to order the birth certificate for her.

  12. I ordered my daughters certified copy of her birth certificate March 24, and paid for expedited services why haven’t I received any notification of the shipping tracking id when I paid for UPS delivery? I am in Duluth GA and the site said 5-7 business days.

    1. Hello Jessica. Thanks for reaching out to us with your concern. Please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  13. Hi,
    I have a question not a comment, my father was born at home he is 81 years old, has a social security number he lost his card a valid drivers license that will expire next month in May and the DMV wants a social security card to renew his license. He needs a birth certificate and there does not seem to be one, he lives in New Mexico is there a ledger or how did people track who was born? Please help I have spend hours researching and trying to find a way to get him a document that supports his birth?

    1. Hello Sandra. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Since his driver’s license is still current for another month, you may be able to order a replacement social security card through the Social Security Administration. Click here for more information. Regarding the birth certificate, we suggest you contact the vital records agency in the city/state where your father was born for guidance with your search..

  14. i want to know which is right the website for order to get birth certificate since my mother refused give it to me. please help me out to get it asap. thank you

    1. Hello Ky. You can order a certified copy of your birth certificate online through VitalChek.com. For more than 25 years, VitalChek has been an official, government-authorized service for citizens to securely order certified birth certificates and other vital records from official government agencies nationwide. Other online services may not be authorized by the agency issuing birth records, and may charge additional fees without providing approved services or guaranteeing confidentiality of your data.

  15. My birth certificate only have my name on it if I were to get another one would it have my parents names on it

    1. Hello Alaeyah. Thanks for reaching out with your question. If you order a certified copy of your birth certificate, it should list at least one parent if not both depending on how the paperwork was submitted at your birth. Click here to view a short video eo entitled “Differences in Birth Certificate Types” that offers additional information on this subject.

  16. My husband has an issued birth certificate from PA that was issued in 1997 and does not have his parents names listed on it. I am being told that he needs to have a new one issued with that information on it or he cannot apply for a passport. If I buy it online, will those names appear on the new issued certificate?

    1. Hello Jeanne. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question regarding ordering your husband’s birth certificate online. If he orders through Vitalchek.com and select “Passport” as the reason, he will receive a birth certificate with all the appropriate information including his parents’ names. Please be advised that the Pennsylvania Vital Records Agencies are currently experiencing a backlog in processing orders so it could take upwards of 35-45 business days to receive your order.

  17. I ordered a birth certificate thru vitalchek on June 12, 2017, and I still haven’t heard anything. I called vitalchek and was told PA is experiencing a backlog, the young lady took my number and said she would reach out to them on my behalf and give me a call back. Of course, she never did. I was given 90 days to obtain and send my certificate to obtain my passport. Can someone please tell me what order date PA is currently working on?

    1. Hello Gina. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We’re sorry to hear you never received the further correspondence you were expecting. According to information provided to us, Pennsylvania is currently processing orders from June 1, 2017. In certain instances, you can request a rush on your order which may be granted if you can show immediate need for the certificate. This may include plane tickets or other travel documentation. Please feel free to contact us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com if you have further questions.

  18. I was born in Japan to U.S. parents. I lost my birth certificate and need a new one can you please help me I have to get a new driver license soon.

    1. Hello Jaunice. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Since you were born overseas to U.S. parents, 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.

  19. Hello my boyfriend birth certificate came up gone and no we’re to be found is there anyway he can get another copy of his birth certificate

    1. Hello Lani. Thanks for reaching out with your question. More than likely, your boyfriend will be able to order a copy of his birth certificate. There are typically several different ways to order birth certificates or other vital records:
      1. In person at the Vital Record Agency in the area where he was born. This is usually the quickest and least expensive way to obtain the record
      2. By mail with a completed application form and a check or money order
      3. By phone – if the agency accepts telephone orders
      4. Online, either through the appropriate agency’s website, or an authorized secure service provider like VitalChek

  20. Will the birth certificate I order have parents name

    1. Hello Patricia. More than likely your parents’ names will be included on your birth certificate but the information included can vary based on the reason you select for ordering that certificate. To verify what information will be included, we suggest you contact the issuing vital record agency prior to placing your order.

  21. I need an original birth certificate. One I have is from the hospital. Recently moved from Pennsylvania to Utah. Will need it for pass port and any other future information. Thank you for your time and any information you can give me.

    1. Good morning, Shelley Ann. Thanks for reaching out with your question. You can order a certified copy of your birth certificate from Pennsylvania through VitalChek and have it shipped to you in Utah via express shipping (recommended) or regular mail. Since you mentioned you needed your birth certificate for a passport, please be advised that Pennsylvania Vital Records is experiencing a backlog and is currently averaging 60-75 business days to process online and mail in orders. It is sometimes possible to request a rush on your order if you can show documentation of need such as upcoming travel tickets. The quickest way for you to get your certificate is for you or a family member to visit the PA Vital records office in person. PA allows for family members – parents, siblings, children, grandchildren – to order a copy on your behalf. Please feel free to email VitalChek for assistance at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  22. I am going directly to your place in Philadelphia to get a copy of my birth certificate so I can get my passport. According to your phone message I will be able to go back and pick it up in five business days.. Is that true?

    1. Hello Robert. VitalChek is an online vital records processing service that contracts with government agencies across the country. If you are going to a physical location in Philadelphia, you are more than likely visiting a Pennsylvania Vital Records office. Their website does state that five-day processing (after application is received at the counter) is available if certified copy is to be mailed to the applicant or picked up in person. Click Here for more information.

  23. Over a week ago I filled out your form for a copy of my daughter’s birth certificate

    (Incidentally she was born in Flushing , NY.). Would you please tell me why I haven’t received it?

    1. Hello Elizabeth. We’re sorry to hear you haven’t received your certificate yet but processing times vary from agency to agency. Please email your order number to us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we’ll be happy to look into this for you.

  24. What’s the easiest way to get your birth certificate besides contacting the state you were in to send it to you in the mail? Is there any way that I can get a copy of my birth certificate at the school I am attending right now??

    1. Hello Dasha. The only way you can get a certified copy of your birth certificate is through the vital records agency that issued your original birth certificate. That being said, there are several different ordering methods available to you.
      1. In person at the Vital Record Agency in the area where you were born. This is usually the quickest and least expensive way to obtain the record
      2. By mail with a completed application form and a check or money order
      3. By phone – if the agency accepts telephone orders
      4. Online, either through the appropriate agency’s website, or an authorized secure service provider like VitalChek

  25. 75-90 Business day estimate to get a birth certificate seems a bit much. But going in person is not an option so I’m stuck waiting.

    1. Hello Daniel. Sorry to hear about the long processing time. I assume you are trying to order a birth certificate from PA. It may be possible to request a rush if you can show need for the certificate such as upcoming travel or legal concerns. If you have a relative (mother, father, son (18+), daughter (18+), brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, wife, husband) in PA, they would be entitled to pick it up in person for you. Please contact us if you have further questions about these options. Phone: 800-255-2414; Email: vitals.research@vitalchek.com

  26. Ok so I lost my birth certificate and social security card. Although I remember my social security number by heart. If I came in to get a replacement birth certificate what other materials would I be able to bring in?

    1. Hello Suzette. Sorry to hear that you lost birth certificate and social security card. The documents that are deemed acceptable for identity verification may vary from state to state so we suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate originally. This will most likely be a health department or county clerk’s office in the area where you were born. They should be able to tell you what documentation they will accept for identity verification.

  27. I need to order a birth certificate with the time I was born but idk what to do

    1. Hello Miranda. There are typically several different ways to order birth certificates or other vital records:
      1. In person at the Vital Record Agency in the area where you were born. This is usually the quickest and least expensive way to obtain the record
      2. By mail with a completed application form and a check or money order
      3. By phone – if the agency accepts telephone orders
      4. Online, either through the appropriate agency’s website, or an authorized secure service provider like VitalChek

  28. My wallet was stolen now Im not sure if I have all the documents i need to get my birth certificate.

    1. We are so sorry to hear that your wallet was stolen. Since guidelines for identity verification vary from state to state, we suggest you contact the vital records agency that originally issued your birth certificate to find out what kind of alternative identity documentation you can use.

  29. I recieved a notice to renew my license in California, so I made an appointment with DMV and when I got to the window they asked me for a certified copy of my birth certificate. I have had a valid drivers license in california for 48 years. did they lose my info all of a sudden? I applied to you for a certified copy and then I had to wait for a responce, that responce was go to a link and print out instructions for proof of I.D. then take to notary Public to certify my I.D. then convert to PDF file and upload to the Vitak Chek web site. mean while my license will expire in 2 weeks and i get sent home without pay until I renew my license. how much longer will it take to verify me????? and send my birth record?????

    1. Hello Terry. We apologize for the frustrating experience. Please contact us so we can assist you. We can be reached by phone at 800-255-2414, by email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com or by private message through the VitalChek Facebook page.

  30. Hi I am trying to obtain information about my mom’s birth mother’s family. I would like to obtain my mother’s, who is deceased now, birth certificate. I know her birth mother’s name and not sure if I have the right birth father’s name. Please tell me how to go about this. She was born in Queens in `1932. Thank you so much!

  31. I never got my child birth papers I moved before I could sign up for one is this legit ?

    1. Hello Esther. There are several other ways to order your birth certificate…perhaps one of these will work for you.
      1. Order In Person: If going to the Vital Record Agency in person is convenient for you, this is usually the quickest and least expensive way to obtain the record.
      2. Order By Phone: If the agency accepts phone orders, calling in your order can be a convenient way of obtaining your certificate.
      3. Order Online: Ordering vital records online from the Agency’s website or their authorized online ordering service (like VitalChek) is fast and convenient, allows you to pay with a credit card, is available 24/7, 365 days a year, and generally ensures you receive your vital records quickly – in some cases within just a few days.

  32. I was denied my a passport because they didn’t like my birth certificate . I’m going on a cruise this December 2018 out of the country . What kind of Certificate do I need . A long form Orr a short form.
    I really don’t understand the difference.
    Thanks, Dolores

    1. Hello Delores. We suggest you contact the passport office to determine why they rejected your birth certificate and what additional information needs to be included. You can also contact the vital records office that issued your birth certificate and specify that you need a birth certificate for the purpose of applying for a passport. They should be able to assist you.

  33. I was adopted in the state of Maryland in February 1970. My adopted mother gave me both my original and post adoption birth certificates. My original certificate copy is illegible regarding the time of my birth: a.m. or p.m.? How can I get this clarified? Also, how can I find non descript information regarding my parents such as health issues, drug abuse, etc?

    1. Hello Cheryl. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Many states may allow for the release of non-identifying information such as medical history etc.. We suggest you contact the child placement agency or the state child welfare agency for more information on how to access the information you seek.

  34. I am adopted and trying to find my parents

    1. Hello Jacob. You may want to seek out adoption support groups for helpful information on how to go about conducting your search

  35. My mom won’t give me my birth certificate, and I don’t know everything about everything so I will try hard to apply and get a copy for myself. I may need a little help since this is my first time.

    1. Hello Chelsea. We are sorry to hear that your mom won’t give you your birth certificate. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to order a copy of it if you are unable to provide all the information required in the application. We encourage you to continue to discuss it with her as a birth certificate is required to get a driver’s license, passport, marriage license, etc. Most states have entitlement allowances so it could be possible that another relative could order the certificate for you. We wish you the best in resolving this issue.

  36. Is it acceptable/legal for a youth athletic league to keep copies of a child’s birth certificate?

    1. Hello Manny. You may want to check the laws in your state regarding this issue.

  37. I live in Florida and need to supply 2 pieces of mail, what mail can i use?

    1. Hello David. Please contact us with your order number so we can assist you. The quickest way to reach us is by private message on the VitalChek Facebook page.. You can also call us at 800-255-2414 or email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

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