How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Alabama
There are many reasons you may need a copy of your birth certificate such as employment, applying for a passport, driver’s license or joining the military.
If you were born in Alabama and needed a copy of your birth certificate, you can obtain one quickly by following the directions below.
You can only obtain a copy of a birth certificate if it is yours, a close relative’s or you have the legal right to do so. Some examples of people allowed to obtain birth certificates for you are:
- Parents or legal guardians.
- Your spouse, children or your siblings.
- A legal representative or another authorized person.
You can visit the local office of the Center for Health Statistics to obtain a copy of your birth certificate, usually within half an hour. You may also download the mail-in form from their government website and order your copy through the mail system. When mailing in, you can expect to receive the document within 7-10 days.
When you fill out the application form you will need at least the following information:
- The number of copies needed.
- Full birth name of the individual on the record.
- Date of birth.
- County of birth.
- Full name of the mother including maiden name.
- Full name of the father.
- Name of the hospital.
- The applicant’s name.
- Applicant’s street address, city, state and zip code.
- Applicant’s phone number.
- Applicant’s signature.
- Reason for the request.
- Applicant's relationship to the birth record person.
You will have to pay a $15 non-refundable fee with cash, a check or money order at the time of application. There is a $6 fee for each additional copy requested.
You can also order a keepsake birth certificate for $45.
You also have the option of using an online service such as VitalChek.com to locate and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker. You may also pay online using a debit or credit card.