FTIA Logo
Home
Families Thru International Adoption

State Offices Where You Can Obtain Birth and Marriage Certificates

In a majority of states, you can obtain birth certificates for your dossier from the state's Department of Health or Bureau of Vital Records/Statistics. In a few states, however, there is no state office where you can obtain birth certificates. For those select states you may obtain birth certificates from the county office where you were born.

Marriage certificates can also often be obtained from the state's Department of Health or Bureau of Vital Records/Statistics. But for approximately half of the states, marriage certificates can only be obtained from the county where you were married.

Listed below are links to the offices or departments for each state.

Please verify before sending any request:

  1. that the documents can be ordered over the telephone or online;
  2. that the mailing address is accurate;
  3. that the listed fees are current;
  4. if the office/department can affix the state's apostille to the certificate at the same time (e.g., Michigan). If so, be sure to tell them from what country you are adopting.

Most offices will expedite a birth or marriage certificate for an additional fee. Payment should be made with a money order or certified check, however many offices now accept credit card orders by phone or fax. Never send cash.

A list of each state's Department of Health office or Bureau of Vital Records/Statistics can also be found on the website of the National Center for Health Statistics.

Another site very helpful for obtaining birth certificates is www.vitalchek.com.

Alabama
Department of Public Health
Vital Records


Alaska
Department of Health and Social Services
Bureau of Vital Statistics


Arizona
Department of Health Services
Office of Vital Records Section


Arkansas
Department of Health
Division of Vital Records


California
Department of Health Services
Offices of Vital Records


Colorado
Department of Health and Environment
Vital Records Section


Connecticut
Vital Records Agencies

Delaware
Office of Vital Statistics
Division of Public Health


District of Columbia
Department of Health
State Center for Health Statistics


Florida
Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics


Georgia
Division of Public Health
Vital Records Agency


Hawaii
Department of Health
Vital Records Section


Idaho
Division of Health
Bureau of Health Policy and Vital Statistics


Illinois
Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records


Indiana
State Department of Health

Iowa
Department of Public Health

Kansas
Department of Health and Environment
Office of Vital Statistics


Kentucky
Cabinet for Health Services

Louisiana
Vital Records Registry
Office of Public Health


Maine
Department of Human Services
Office of Vital Records


Maryland
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Vital Statistics Administration


Massachusetts
Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics, Research & Evaluation


Michigan
Department of Community Health

Minnesota
Department of Health

Mississippi
State Department of Health
Health Statistics


Missouri
Department of Health and Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records


Montana
Department of Public Health and Human Services
Office of Vital Statistics


Nebraska
Health and Human Services
Vital Records


Nevada
State Health Division
Office of Vital Records


New Hampshire
Bureau of Vital Records

New Jersey
Department of Health and Senior Services
Office of Vital Statistics


New Mexico
Department of Health
Vital Records


New York(except NYC)
State Department of Health
Vital Records Services


New York City
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Office of Vital Records


North Carolina
Vital Records

North Dakota
Department of Health
Division of Vital Records


Ohio
Department of Health
Vital Statistics


Oklahoma
Department of Health
Vital Records Service


Oregon
Department of Human Services
Health Data and Vital Records


Pennsylvania
Department of Health
Division of Vital Records


Rhode Island
Department of Health
Office of Vital Records


South Carolina
Department of Health and Environmental Control
Vital Records Services


South Dakota
Department of Health
Vital Records


Tennessee
Office of Vital Records

Texas
Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics


Utah
Department of Health
Office of Vital Records and Statistics


Vermont
Department of Buildings and General Services

Virginia
Virginia Department of Health - Vital Records

Washington
Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics


West Virginia
Health Statistics Center
Vital Registration


Wisconsin
Department of Health and Family Services
Vital Records Services


Wyoming
Department of Health
Vital Records Services

TOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our commitment to you: SERVICE AND INTEGRITY


Families Thru International Adoption, Inc.
401 SE 6th Street, Suite 202
Evansville, IN 47713
Telephone: 812-479-9900 Toll Free: 888-797-9900
FAX: 812-479-9901
email: adopt@ftia.org

© 1998-2011 Families Thru International Adoption, Inc. All rights reserved.
This information is not to be copied in whole or in part without the express written permission of FTIA except to the extent the exhibits are copied to assist families working with FTIA to complete their adoption. All photographs, artwork, and graphics are copyrighted to their appropriate parties.

Send comments regarding the web site to FTIA´s Webmaster