Order your Kentucky (KY) Birth Certificate Online

Kentucky-born US citizens no longer need to spend long hours waiting in line at the vital records office to get a Certified Birth Certificate. Order a certified copy of a Kentucky (KY) birth certificate from the comfort of your home or office!


US Birth Certificates continues to offer its vital records application preparation services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine.

Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.

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Kentucky Birth Certificate Online Application

A US national born in the state of Kentucky may need a certified copy of their Kentucky Birth Certificate for multiple purposes, such as:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Enrolling in school or sports programs
  • Obtaining a driver’s license or social security card
  • Getting married
  • Getting a passport issued

A certified birth certificate is a legal document that carries the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office. This is an authorized copy that can be used for multiple purposes.

Requesting an official copy of your KY birth certificate from the State of Kentucky no longer entails walking into the Kentucky Vital Statistics office and waiting in line endlessly since it can now be done online, in just a few simple steps.

Our personalized guidance will help you easily request your birth certificate at home without having to waste hours waiting at your local Vital Records office.

Kentucky birth records are kept by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) along with other vital records, such as marriage and death certificates.

Kentucky birth and death records are available from 1911 to the present, as well as marriage and divorce records from 1958 until the present.

Kentucky birth certificates are also kept in various other vital records offices as well, such as those in:

  • Jefferson County
  • Fayette County
  • Kenton County
  • Boone County
  • Hardin County
  • Louisville
  • Lexington

Kentuckians whose birth certificate has been lost, destroyed, damaged, misplaced or stolen can now complete a quick and easy-to-use online application form and order a certified copy to replace their document. Birth certificates ordered via this US birth certificate replacement request form will be issued by the State of Kentucky, and have absolute legal validity.

Our secure online birth certificate application service helps you avoid the hassle of waiting in long lines at the Kentucky Department of Health/Division of Vital Records office, which, in turn, saves you time and effort. The Kentucky birth certificate application is quick and easy to fill out and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

If you are enrolling in university, getting married, going on vacation abroad and need a passport card or passport book issued, you will be required to present a certified copy of your Kentucky birth certificate. This type of accredited copy is also a requirement for citizens who need to get a social security card issued or are applying for a driver’s license.

To obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, you will need to complete the online application by entering the following information exactly as it would appear on the certificate:

  • Last name
  • Middle name
  • Gender
  • Exact date of birth
  • Name of hospital or address where you were born
  • Reason or purpose for which you need the certificate
  • Your mother’s maiden name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Your father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

After filling out the Kentucky birth certificate replacement application, you will need to print out the form you receive, sign it, and mail it to your Kentucky vital records office.


How to Order a Birth Certificate in Kentucky

Obtaining a certified copy of a Kentuckian’s birth certificate is now a straightforward and hassle-free process when it is ordered online. Requesting a birth certificate can be done by filling out a simple online application form. All KY birth certificate requests must follow the easy steps outlined below:

  • Fill out the online application for a Kentucky birth certificate
  • Carefully review all the data entered in your form in order to make sure there are no mistakes or discrepancies
  • Print the form and sign it pen-in-hand
  • Pack your printed and signed application form, along with a copy of a valid photo ID, and your money order or check in an envelope
  • Mail these requirements to the Kentucky vital records office of your choice

Please note that as of October 1st, 2021, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.

Who can request a Kentucky birth certificate

Since a certified copy of a KY birth certificate is a legally valid government-issued document, it can only be petitioned by eligible individuals.

Only one of the following specific citizens are authorized to order a certified copy of a Kentucky birth certificate:

  • The certificate holder, a parent or legal guardian of the certificate holder
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, current spouse of the certificate holder
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record
  • An attorney representing the certificate holder or the certificate holder’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the certificate holder or the certificate holder's estate

If you are asked to provide a copy of a birth certificate while applying for a driver’s license, US passport card or passport book you will need the copy to be certified and issued by the state of Kentucky.

If you are getting married, enrolling in school or enlisting in the army, you will also need a certified copy of your KY birth certificate.

Certified copies of a Kentucky birth certificate are legally valid and can be distinguished from plain copies due to the fact that they bear:

  • The official state of Kentucky registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal
  • The registrar’s signature
  • The date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office

Finally, if you are an American citizen born abroad or in a U.S. military base, please check out the requirements on how to get a copy of your birth certificate if born abroad.


Documents required for a Kentucky certified birth certificate copy application

All those born in the state of Kentucky that need to request a certified copy of their birth certificate will need to include a clear photocopy of both sides of one of the forms of photo ID listed below along with a completed application form:

  • State of Kentucky Driver’s License
  • State of Kentucky ID Card
  • Driver’s license issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory state-issued
  • Photo State Identification Card issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory

Once you have compiled your application documents and packed them in an envelope with your completed, printed and signed form, you will need to mail it to:

Office of Vital Statistics
275 East Main Street 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621-0001

Kentucky Birth Certificate cost and fees

Obtaining a certified copy of a Kentucky birth certificate carries a fee per birth certificate copy. The first certified copy of a Kentucky birth certificate has a fee of $10, and citizens ordering multiple copies will have to provide an additional $6 for each additional copy.

How long does it take to process a Kentucky Birth Certificate request online?

Once you have mailed your application envelope containing your printed, signed Kentucky birth certificate application along with a copy of one of the valid photo IDs mentioned above with your payment by mail to the KY vital records office, your request will be processed and filled.

Most Kentucky certified birth certificate orders are processed and filled within 30 business days. Nevertheless, if you make your request during peak application periods, your order may take longer to be filled.

Once the Kentucky vital records office has processed your request, you will receive your valid KY birth certificate by mail, at your home address.

Please consider that Kentucky Vital Records offices do not offer rush service. Therefore it is best to apply for a copy of a KY birth certificate ahead of time, especially when you need to provide one document for an activity with a strict deadline, such as:

  • Employment
  • Getting a passport in time for a trip abroad
  • Enrolling in sports programs
  • Registering at university

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Kentucky Vital Records offices

The following Kentucky state Vital Records and Health offices are in charge of issuing birth certificate copies in KY. Although county offices may be further from your place of residence, mailing your request to a smaller office may result in a shorter time to fulfill your order.

FAQs about Kentucky Birth Certificates

  • How to get a Kentucky birth certificate?

    Obtaining a certified copy of a Kentucky birth certificate is simple.

    Applying for a KY birth certificate online is the most convenient. It will avoid you long lines at the vital records office.

    • Complete the online birth certificate form that can be found on this page. Our experts will revise your application to ensure it is error-free, so your document can be emitted directly.
    • Print and sign your birth certificate application package and mail it with the required documents and fees listed in the personalized instructions.

    Once your request is processed, your KY birth certificate will be sent to your home.

  • How long does it take to get birth certificate in Kentucky?

    Getting a government-issued copy of a birth certificate in Kentucky usually takes 30 business days to process. Unfortunately, rush service is not available at this time.

    The surefire way to get a certified copy of a KY birth certificate issued directly is to have our experts revise your application before you mail it. That way, you can be sure it is error-free and your request won't be rejected.

    Typos or inconsistencies in the data may cause unnecessary delays or setbacks.

    Our team can help you avoid the extra hassle so that the vital records office can send your birth certificate directly to your door on the first try.

  • How much is a Kentucky birth certificate?

    Ordering a certified copy of a Kentucky birth certificate carries a state fee of $10.

    If the applicant requests more than one copy of the same citizen's birth certificate in a single application form, each print will carry a $6 fee.

    The fees must be paid at the same time as the Kentucky birth certificate application and mailed in the same envelope.

    Unfortunately, rush service is not available at this time.

  • What documents do I need to get my birth certificate?

    Obtaining a certified copy of a birth certificate in Kentucky can be done online by completing a birth certificate application. Once the form is revised by our experts, applicants can sign and print the birth certificate application form and post it with the following documents:

    • Photocopies of a government-issued ID. The document must be photocopied on both sides (see list of valid IDs above)
    • State fees payment

    Applicants can then mail the KY birth certificate application package to the vital records office.

    Once processed, the State of Kentucky will issue and post the birth certificate to the applicant's home.

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