Vital Records Online

Skip the line by ordering your official vital records online from the comfort of your home!


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.

Legal Disclaimer: US Birth Certificates is a privately owned website that is not affiliated with, not owned or operated by any government agency. US Birth Certificates is an independent preparer that provides vital records application preparation assistance services. If you are looking for blank forms, you can get them for free at the relevant state office.

What are Vital Records?

A vital record is an official document that records an individual's life events including birth, death, marriage, and divorce. Vital records can be used as a form of identification as well as to apply for government-issued IDs and benefits.

Birth certificates, for instance, can also be used to prove a person’s citizenship, identity, and age.

Vital records provide vital personal identifiable information about the corresponding life event including:

  • Names
  • Dates
  • Locations

It is a legal right of all U.S. citizens to access these documents at any given time, either for themselves or on behalf of a third party.

Vital Records in the United States

In the United States, vital records are kept by each state or county —not at the federal level like in many other countries. Most states have records that date back to around 1900, although some older records can be found in churches.

Vital records are kept private in certain states while, in others, they are held openly and publicly available. Public vital records are accesible to anyone with basic information about the record holder such as their name, date, and place of birth, for instance.

Meanwhile, restricted vital records can only be obtained by qualified individuals such as a direct family member, legal guardian, government official, or legal representative. These restrictions have been set in place to make identity theft more difficult, thus protecting citizens.

Furthermore, there are different types of copies that can be ordered for each vital record. For instance, certified copies (also known as long-form) contain more information than short-form copies. In some states, short-form or abstract copies are easier to obtain than full-length documents.

A US citizen applying for a passport, for instance, should make sure to get a certified copy of their birth certificate, since an abstract of the vital record may _not _be accepted.

If you are wondering “where to write for vital records?”, rest assured that there is no longer a need to stand in line for hours at a vital records office.

Online vital records allow citizens to save time and avoid hassles while getting a certified copy of a birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate or divorce decree. The process is made simpler since visiting the state or county bureau where the document will be issued is no longer necessary.

US citizens born abroad need to follow a different procedure to obtain copies of their vital records from their place of residence.

Types of Vital Records

In the United States, there are 4 different types of vital records:

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Death certificate
  3. Marriage certificate
  4. Divorce certificate

All 4 types of vital records are issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the state or county where the event occurred.

Citizens who have lost, misplaced or damaged their certificate, though, do not need to visit the Vital Records Office nor stand in line since it is now possible to request vital records online through a simple web form.

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Requesting a Copy of a Vital Record

There are several services available to you when requesting online vital records copies, depending on whether they are being issued for the first time, substituting a lost document or getting a duplicate copy for your records:

  • A new vital record certificate
  • A replacement certificate
  • A certified copy of the vital record

A vital record certificate serves as the official record of a vital event in a person’s life. These records are kept by the Department of Vital Records of the state where the event took place.

Vital records are a referential form of identification for many other applications, requests and to process other official documents.

The online vital record certificate that you will get when you apply through U.S. Birth Certificates will be an official document that displays the vital information recorded at the time of the event. Details include full names of the people involved, dates, locations, and other important details.

Depending on the state where the event took place, there may also be additional information recorded which is not required nationwide. Some examples include proof of identification (which may include a copy of a photo ID) or notarization of the application.

Uses of ID Documents and Vital Records

There are several instances in which a U.S. citizen may be required to present a vital record, such as:

  • Applying for a passport
  • Applying for a Social Security Card
  • Obtaining a driver’s license or a similar form of ID
  • Registering a child in the school system
  • Registering for employment-related securities

There will also be times when even though it is not necessary to provide a copy of a vital record, it will be extremely beneficial. Presenting a copy of your vital record will facilitate application processes such as those for credit cards or other memberships, and some social benefits.

Additionally, applying for vital record online certificates is common for those researching their genealogy, since it allows them to obtain multiple documents and save time.

How to Obtain Vital Records

Obtaining a copy of a vital record certificate the old way —where you were required to wait in line for hours— takes time, effort, and can be very stressful. Thanks to our quick and easy to complete online vital records application form, we have made the sometimes strenuous process of requesting a vital record secure and straightforward.

To obtain your online vital records, all you have to do is fill out the online form and follow our personalized instructions so you can mail your application and get your birth certificate delivered to your home.

In some states, we offer done-for-you services, which will gradually become available in more locations. Our premium service allows you to fill out a quick form and have the official vital records delivered right to your doorstep.

Order Your Vital Records Online

Get your vital record online easily and quickly from the comfort of your home in just a few steps:

  1. Fill out the easy-to-use web form with the certificate holder’s details such as their name, date and place of birth
  2. Print and sign the application after our team has revised it to ensure it is error free and can be issued on the first try
  3. Mail the form with the required documents by following our personalized instructions

Texas and New Jersey citizens can entirely skip the second and third steps and directly receive their vital records at home without the need to mail their form.

Make your application for an online vital record certificate to use as proof of identity.

Each application is reviewed by our team of experts to make sure there is no information missing and that everything is correct. This way you will avoid delays and get exactly what you are looking for when you order your birth, death, marriage or divorce certificate online.