Who can request a birth certificate?

In most states, birth certificates are private records only available to immediate family members or those who can prove they have a tangible interest in obtaining them.

All direct family members, and those with a legal interest, or with a court order may get a certified copy of a birth certificate. These include:

  • The registrant
  • A parent or legal guardian of the registrant
  • A direct familiy member (child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner) of the registrant
  • A party entitled to get the record as a result of a court order
  • A member of a law enforcement agency, or a representative of another governmental agency
  • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate

Can I obtain a copy of a birth certificate if I’m not a direct family member?

If you are not a direct family member, or if you do not have a tangible legal interest to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate, you may apply for an informational copy of a birth certificate.

An informational copy will contain all relevant information; however, it is not a legal document and may not be used to prove someone's identity. Informational copies are often requested for genealogical purposes.

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