We Know: How to Get a Birth Certificate

What is a birth certificate?

A birth certificate is a certified copy of the registered information when someone is born, such as date, names of parents, and place of birth. They are an official, and most common way of proving a person's identity.

When might I need a birth certificate?

A birth certificate is now needed to obtain a driverís license, passport, or to apply for certain jobs and schools. It's a good idea to have an official birth certificate on hand, as many situations now call for one.

How do a get a copy of a birth certificate?

A birth certificate can be obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics in your state, usually located in the state's capital city.

What information will I need to make the request?

In order to request a birth certificate, the applicant will need a current photo ID and a check or money order for the required fee.

How long will it take to get the birth certificate?

If you go to the Bureau of Vital statistics in person, you might be able to get the birth certificate after an hour or so of waiting in line and filling out the application. You can also request a birth certificate by mail, which could take up to 8 weeks to arrive.

How much will it cost?

The average cost to obtain a birth certificate is $10-15, payable by check or money order.

Are there other ways?

A birth certificate may also be obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics via phone or fax, or a quick internet search will point you to a number of services online that will expedite the application process for you, for a nominal fee.



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