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How Do You Get Your Birth Certificate Online


The process of obtaining a copy of your birth certificate may appear difficult at first, but with the appropriate advice, it's a simple journey. 


Whether you need it for legal identification, a passport application, or simply a copy for your personal records, this guide is here to help you every step of the way. 


Step 1: Determine the Type of Birth Certificate You Need

It's important to determine which sort of birth certificate you require. 

Typically, there are two major types of birth certificates:

  • certified copies
  • informational copies

They serve different functions, and selecting the correct type ensures that your needs are met without unnecessary complicatiions. 


Certified copy of a birth certificate

A certified copy is an official document that bears the seal and signature of the iissuing authority. 

It's recognized as valid proof of identity and citizenship, making it indispensable for serious legal matters. 

Whether you're applying for a:

  • passport
  • social security card
  • marriage license
  • government benefits
  • enrollment in schools
  • or military

. . . a certiffied copy is what you'll need. 


Informational Copy 

This copy is normally designated as not valid for official reasons, but it is approprate for personal recordkeeping or genealogical research. 


If you want to piece together your family tree or keep a personal archive, this is the type you'd choose. 



Step 2: Where Do You Get Your Birth Certificate? 

The birth certificate copy is issued by the state in which the birth occured. 

As a result, you must contact a state vital records office. 

Each state has its process, thus is it critical to adhere to the unique regulations of the state where the birth was recorded. 


Order your vital records online

You can also efficiently and legally order your copy online through – that way you can be in the comfort of your own home or office without going through that lengthy process. 



Step 3: Gather Necessary Documentation

To request a copy of your birth certificate, you must provide: 

  • A completed birth certificate
  • Proof of Identity (License, Government - issued photo ID)
  • The required fee (Depends on state and amount of copies reuqested

If you are obtaining a copy on behalf of another . . . 

. . . you must provide proof of your relationship to the person named on the birth certificate. 



Step 4: Submit Your Request 

Once you've gathered all of the required papers and information, you can submit your request to the vital records department.

This can usually be done online, by mail, or in person, depending on the state's requirements. 

With, you can apply regardless of location.  


Tips For A Smooth Process 

  • Double-check application for any errors or missing information to avoid delays
  • Consider requesting multiple copies if you foresee needing them for different purposes.
  • Keep a record of your request and tracking information if submitted by mail or online.


How StateVitalRecords Works 

  • Order online – Submit the form on State Vital Records through our online order form.
  • Notarization Through NotaryLive - In terms of notarization, some states require notarization of an application or a sworn statement – because of  State Vital Records' partnership with NotaryLive, a remote online notarization platform that provides fast, secure and convenient notarization 24/7. ((Note: Keep in mind there are added fees when using NotaryLive for convenient, remote online notarization.)
    • Upload Your Document
    • VerifyYour Identity
    • Connect Online With An Online Notary
    • NotaryLive Routes Your Documents to State Vital Records Automatically


  • State Vital Records – After notarization through NotaryLive,  State Vital Records will send the application to the jurisdiction. This is where the jurisdiction is responsible for the rest of the application process.
  • Jurisdiction – Will complete order and mail copy of the requested vital records to you


If you require assistance in notarizing your document, please contact [email protected]. Interested in the notarization process? Click here to learn more.


Looking to order your state vital records? Click here to make a request. Have any questions, contact us!


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What documents do I need to order a birth certificate online? 
    • Generally, you’ll need the following:
      • Proof of identity: A valid government-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport)
      • Information about the individual: Full name, date of birth, and parent’s names.
      • Payment method: A credit card or debit card for the processing fee.
  • What’s the fastest way to get a copy of my birth certificate?
    • offers a convenient process to order your vital records and will send your application to the jurisdiction for you where it is processed.
  • Is it safe to order a birth certificate online? 
    • Ordering a birth certificate online from an official government website is generally safe and secure. To protect your personal information, make sure the website uses encryption (check for “https” in the URL like ). Avoid third-party websites or services that may need additional costs and are not linked with the government.


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