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Relocating Internationally in the New Year: Here’s How to Obtain Your Birth Certificate

In December 11, 2014


The New Year is a great time to make big changes in your life. One of the biggest changes you could make is moving internationally. Yes, moving from the country you call home to another country is a big decision, and one that will generate a lot of paperwork and effort. However, the results could definitely be worth it. One of the most important steps to take may be obtaining your birth certificate if you do not already have one. Luckily, it is easier than you may think.

The Options

If you live in or around the town where you were born, you may be able to pick up your birth certificate in person. This will be issued by the appropriate vital records agency, which depending upon the location can be at the courthouse, county or town clerk’s office, or at the health department. You can normally find information regarding the appropriate location, their physical address and hours online.

Another option is to actually order your birth certificate online. This works especially well if you do not live in the community where you were born, or if you don’t have time to go chasing around town dealing with traffic, parking, and potentially long lines. If you obtain your birth certificate online, make sure you order from a government-approved agency—such as VitalChek. By doing this you will not accidentally wind up in the hands of a disreputable company or with a copy that doesn’t suit your needs.

What Will You Need?

To obtain your birth certificate, you will normally have to provide a few basic pieces of identification to prove that you are who you say you are – ensuring such a vital document doesn’t get into the wrong hands. This generally includes information about the date and place you were born, your parents’ full names and other personal information. Some states may even require that you provide a piece of photo identification to further verify your identity, like your driver’s license, a state ID, military ID or current US passport.

How Long Does It Take?

If you order your birth certificate in person, you may have it in your hands that day. If you order it online, it may take just a couple of days or up to several days later, depending upon the time required by the vital record agency to process and prepare the requested certificate for shipping to you. If ordering online from VitalChek, you will have the option of rush delivery, which may help get the certificate into your hands even more quickly. So, it makes sense to start the process early, just in case there are any delays.

Once you have the birth certificate in your hands, you can move forward with all the other steps, such as obtaining your passport, travel visa and potential employment opportunities, as well as preparing for your housing and transportation in the new country. Every one of these steps is important, but may not be done until you have that birth certificate, so get moving on that right now.




  1. Thanks for the vitalcheck express website, I was able to obtain my daughter’s Birth Cerfiticate very quickly. I was pleasantly surprised as to the prompt response from the State agency, once the document was retrieved, it was shipped. I will definitely use this website again. THANKS.

  2. It has been almost three weeks and I haven’t received my document. I called the customer service number and waited and waited and waited. I had to call four times and wait on hold as I was told how important my call was. Each time I hung on for over 20 minutes.
    I don’t know why they offer regular mail if customers never get the documents. I’ve heard that they have a lot of trouble with regular mail. I understand that the post office is responsible for delivering the document but why is this an option?

    I am very upset

    1. Thank you for your recent comment. We apologize for the delay you’ve experienced when attempting to call our Customer Support Team, as we are currently experiencing very heavy call volumes. If you’d like to reach us by other means, feel free to email us at or send us a private message on Facebook. Thank you again.

  3. I just tried to order a copy of my birth certificate. It went smooth until I entered my social security number. It was rejected. I’ve had that # since the 50’s, my medicare- Medicaid has that #, I re-newed my passport with that #. IT IS MY NUMBER!!! Now “they say it is invalid. I need a copy of my birth certificate because my old one was destroyed in a flood. My printer is broken so can’t print the forms the now want me to fill out & send. I live on my S.S. & EBT. I have no transportation to go around looking for a computer with a fax. I may be 75, but definitely not senile. I lived for 30 years in the islands & want to go back. I need that certificate to be able to stay past the time limit of the tourist visa. any ideas as how to rectify this morass of paper hell? Please help me, I’m going nuts over this. Thank you in advance. Thomas Johns

    1. Thank you for your comment. We apologize for the inconvenience our system appears to have created for you. If you’d like to contact one of our Customer Support Representatives personally, please feel free to call us at 800-255-2414, email us with your order number at, or you can send us a private message on our Facebook page ( We’ll be glad to assist you in any way we can. Thank you.

  4. My daughter was born in US and now we are in India. My daughter’s original birth certificate is misplaced, however I have a photocopy with me. Can I order a birth certificate copy for my daughter via Vitalcheck? If so, how can I pay & will you be mailing it to my current address in India? Please advise.

    1. Thank you for your comment, and for your question. As your daughter was born in the U.S., you should be able to order your daughter’s birth certificate using and have it shipped to your current address in India. We accept all major credit cards for online orders. Please note, some agencies may require that the billing address used on your credit card and the address you request the certificate be shipped are the same when ordering through our online service. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Thank you.

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