How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Georgia
There are many times over the course of your life where you need to verify your identity, your age or your citizenship. You can do that with a copy of your birth certificate. If you have lost the original, you can obtain one pretty quickly by following the steps below.
The Georgia Department of Public Health handles birth records, and they are whom you will need to contact for a copy if you were born in Georgia. Georgia has records going back to January of 1919.
Georgia allows only persons with a direct and tangible interest in the record to request them, meaning you, or a family member or a legal representative.
The first step is you need to download and fill out the application.
To apply, you may visit the State Office of Vital Records or any County Vital Records Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You will need to bring a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, state or military ID with you.
You may also mail in a request to the address below. Mail-in requests will take 8-10 weeks for processing.
State Office of Vital Records
1680 Phoenix Boulevard, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30349
Response Time: 8-10 Weeks
You must pay a non-refundable $25 fee at the time of application. If you want additional copies, you must pay $5 each. If you need to do a multi-year search for a record, it will cost you $25 per three-year span.
The state of Georgia accepts certified checks, money orders and credit or debit cards for payment. Cash may be used for walk-in service only.
You also have the option of using an online service such as GoCertiricates.com or 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.