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How to Get a New Birth Certificate

Don't worry if you need to get a new birth certificate to obtain a driver's license, passport, or to make an insurance claim. These vital records are easily secured from state government offices.


  • Step 1: Determine type of certificate needed Determine whether you need a certified birth certificate with an official seal or just a photocopy. A certified copy is needed for obtaining most formal documents.
  • Step 2: Go online for contact information Go online to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at and search for "vital records." Find your state of birth for contact information of the appropriate records office you can write to for a new birth certificate.
  • Step 3: Be aware of state rules Be aware of what different states require in order to obtain your birth certificate. Each will be different, so make sure you know ahead of time.
  • TIP: Birth certificates are usually only available to the individual and immediate family. A century after a birth, birth certificates become declared public record.
  • Step 4: Obtain an application Obtain an application in person, online, by fax, or by mail. Gather the acceptable identification documents required.
  • Step 5: Submit the application Submit the application for the new birth certificate in person, by mail, by fax, or online in accordance with state rules, including proper identification documents and fees.
  • TIP: In some states, such as New York, you can submit an application via smartphone.
  • Step 6: Hire an attorney Hire an attorney to get a new birth certificate if you want to avoid the hassle of dealing with government offices. While it may still take up to a month or longer to obtain, the document will be the same authoritative record of birth.
  • FACT: More than 135 million babies are born each year worldwide.

You Will Need

  • Application
  • Proper identification
  • Money for fees
  • Means to submit an application

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