You can order a copy of a birth certificate for yourself or your child online. Online orders are securely processed through VitalChek. You can also order by mail or in person. For orders in person, you must bring valid ID.
Each copy of a birth certificate costs $15. Additional processing and shipping fees may apply depending on how you order. You should get your birth certificate within 30 days of ordering.
Order online through VitalChek.
Order by mail or in person.
Learn about the valid forms of ID for ordering in person.
Check the status of a birth certificate ordered from VitalChek.
Correct a birth certificate.
Check the processing time for your order.
Call 311 to order a copy of a birth certificate for a mentally incapacitated person.
Ordering a Letter of Exemplification
If you need a Letter of Exemplification, you must request a new Long Form, or Vault copy of your birth certificate. You can make this request online, by mail, or in person. When you place your order for the birth certificate, make sure you clearly explain the reason for your request, and the Health Department will determine if a Letter of Exemplification is needed. Both a Letter of Exemplification and a Long Form birth certificate are needed for certain overseas transactions, such as dual citizenship, marriage on foreign soil, adopting a child from another country, or buying foreign real estate. If you plan to use your birth certificate in a foreign country, you may need to have it authenticated through an Apostille or Certificate of Authentication.
Acknowledgement of Paternity
Paternity Acknowledgment forms are given to mothers at the child's hospital of birth. If the form is completed at the time of birth, the father's name will be on the child's birth certificate. Parents who did not complete the form at the hospital can apply for an Acknowledgement of Paternity up until the child's 21st birthday.