How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Idaho
Have you lost your original birth certificate and now you need a copy to get a driver’s license, join the military or other government agency, or even for a job application? Don’t fret; you can easily obtain a new copy of your birth certificate by following the steps below.
If you were born in Idaho, the process is quite simple. They have been collecting and retaining birth records since July 1911.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare handles all birth records and certified copy requests. Idaho considers birth records legally confidential until the age of 100. Only people who have a direct and tangible interest in the record may access them.
In Idaho, there are two ways to obtain a copy, through the mail or online. The first step, however, is to download and complete the certificate request form. You will also need a photocopy of a valid, acceptable ID (such as driver’s license, passport or military ID), plus your fee.
You can mail all your information to the Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics at the address below:
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0036
Standard processing time is 2-3 weeks, however, if workloads are high then that could be delayed. They do offer rush shipping if you write the word RUSH on the outside of your envelope and include the additional fees. By purchasing expedited service, your wait time will be reduced to a few business days.
You must pay a $16 non-refundable fee when you submit your request for a copy. Your payment must be in a check or money order made out to Idaho Vital Records.
You may also order expedited processing for an additional $10.
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.