ORDER YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE ONLINE
The coronavirus pandemic has affected many aspects of American life. Lockdown measures make it harder to carry out tasks that we did not think about twice before COVID-19 hit in the beginning of 2020.
To ensure social distancing and safe practices, many government offices remain closed to the public across the U.S. However, life goes on and office closures do not mean that you have to delay registering a birth during COVID-19 or requesting a copy of your birth certificate.
Although several vital records offices are closed, they keep processing requests and applications. If you need a birth certificate or other essential legal document to carry out bureaucratic procedures, you may have several options available to request it safely, including online applications.
Before COVID-19, state health departments and county offices offered walk-in services for American citizens who wanted to apply for copies of their vital records.
Although processing times were relatively short, walk-in services may cause long waiting lines at the office, which may pose a higher risk of infection.
That is why most state health departments have closed their offices to the public.
The decision is up to state authorities and while some may remain open, it is quite rare for a state health department to offer walk-in vital records services these days.
If your state’s health department has suspended walk-in services, you have several options available:
If you decide to order your birth certificate online, you will be able to obtain a birth certificate from your home, without having to expose yourself to the risk of infection.
You must follow the below steps and you will receive your certificate at your doorstep:
If you have completed the application correctly, you will receive your birth certificate or other requested documents delivered directly to your home address.
The majority of state health department offices are closed to the public but are still processing birth certificate requests. Please check with your state and keep in mind that you may be able to apply with your local county office too.
The below offices are currently closed to the public
This list may not be exhaustive. It is important to call before you go to your local office.
Yes, vital records requests are being processed. How to obtain your birth certificate during lockdown depends on your state. Your local vital records office may be closed and you may only be able to apply online and receive your birth certificate in the mail, or you may be allowed to book an appointment. Please check with your local authorities.
Yes, online services continue to be available as usual during lockdown. Make sure to fill out the application in all of its parts with accurate and complete information. You will receive your certificate at your doorstep.
This depends on several factors. First of all, processing times for birth certificate requests vary by state department and even vital records offices. County offices that may seem further away from you may be quicker to process your application due to the lower volume of requests compared to central state offices. Although some offices are experiencing delays due to COVID-19, most requests are actually unaffected by the pandemic and are processed on time. Moreover, delivery times depend on the carrier of your choice.
Each state charges a different fee for retrieving and processing vital records. Usually, each copy of your birth certificate or required document will carry a separate fee. Independent providers may charge an extra fee to review your application and give you personalized instructions to ensure a successful application. Moreover, shipping costs depend on the carrier of your choice.