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When a birth certificate is unavailable, you can use birth records to find vital information. InfoTracer's powerful search engine allows you to access millions of up-to-date records, including contact details, relatives, public records, and personal information. Try a quick scan today using the person's name and state. The information you can find using our tool may include when available:

  • Place of Birth
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  • Date of Birth
  • Filing County
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What are Birth Records?

What are Birth Records?

Birth records are vital records that document someone's birth. When a child is born, the state government's vital records office issues a birth certificate to the parents. Each state in the U.S. has different vital records offices and slightly different rules regarding access. Therefore, you may have to consult a few different agencies to find the correct one to obtain birth records. Sometimes you must visit the local town offices or courthouse for a copy of your birth certificate. Often, you can order one online. Unfortunately, mandatory record-keeping was not instituted by all states until the mid-1900s. Therefore, birth records are somewhat disorganized.

The information on a birth certificate may include the person's full name, siblings, filing county, date of birth, place of birth, and sex. It will also have the full names of the parents, the parents' place of birth, date of birth, and occupation.

Types of Birth Records

Along with regular birth certificates, there are four other types.

  • Short-Form Birth Certificates
    Also known as abstract certificates, short-form birth certificates are used mainly in Texas and California without an embossed seal. These are occasionally not considered a valid source of identification, and in some cases, are no longer issued
  • Souvenir Birth Certificates
    Many U.S. hospitals or local town offices provide souvenir birth certificates to parents for a small fee. These "keepsakes" have the newborn's footprints on them but cannot be used for any legal purposes
  • Adoptive Birth Certificates
    After an adoption, the new parents may apply for a replacement birth certificate. The new certificate will have the adoptee's new name and the adoptive parents' names as if they were the birth parents
  • Certificate of Foreign Birth
    A certificate of foreign birth is used to document the adoption of overseas-born adoptees with American adoptive parents. These certificates do not serve as proof of citizenship and must be supplemented by additional documentation such as a passport or certificate of citizenship

How to Find Birth Records

How to Find Birth Records?

To find birth records, you first need to know where the person was born. To obtain a copy of their birth certificate, you may need to visit the state agency and provide your information and your relation. In some states, this is handled by the department of health, the vital records office, or another government agency. Some of these entities allow users to search online by visiting a .gov website. When requesting a certified copy of your birth certificate, you will first need to fill out an application form. Some of these government websites allow online orders, but there is usually a processing fee. If you need it in a hurry, you may have to pay an additional fee for reduced processing times. Most of these web portals allow you to pay using a credit card or money order, but they only process orders on business days, not weekends.

Searching for birth records and dealing with government offices and strict office hours can be frustrating and time-consuming. Using InfoTracer, you can tap into millions of records within minutes and see more than just birth records. We actively maintain more than 5 billion public records from various public and private data sources. Run a nationwide search within minutes for birth records without having to know the government agency or state.

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Common Questions About Birth Records

Are Birth Certificates Public Records in the U.S.?

Birth records are vital records. Each state has specific laws regarding access to vital records. Consult your state for information on accessing marriage records, death records, divorce certificates, and birth records. Sometimes you can access information about deaths or marriages but may not legally obtain a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce certificate, or death certificate without being a relative.

How to Find Birth Records Free Online

Consult your state vital records agency or public health department for information on how to get a copy of a birth certificate. If you are searching for birth records, you can use InfoTracer to tap into millions of records from all over the country.

How Long Do Hospitals Keep Birth Records?

How long a hospital must legally keep birth records varies from state to state. Some only keep records for 3-5 years, others 30+ years, and some indefinitely.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Birth Certificate from Vital Records?

How long it takes to get a copy depends on how you get it and through what agency. In some cases, you can visit the vital records office in person and get a copy of your birth certificate the same day. In other cases, you may have to order it and wait a week or more. You will have to pay a fee for an official copy.

Where Can I Get My Birth Certificate in Person?

In most U.S. states, you can visit your vital records office, the public health department, or even your town office to purchase a copy of your birth certificate in person. Consult your state laws for more information.

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