How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Indiana
Most people need a copy of their birth certificate a few times in life to verify their identity or age for a job, joining the military, admittance to school or use with a government agency. Often, we cannot locate the original, so you need to obtain a copy of your birth certificate.
If you were born in Indiana, just follow the steps below to grab a copy whenever you need one.
The Indiana State Department of Health Division of Vital Records handles all vital records, and they are the agency you must contact to get a copy of yours. They have records dating back to 1907.
The state of Indiana has strict laws about who may access birth certificate records. You must follow their eligibility requirements. The only people who have access to your birth record are:
- You, as long as you are 18 years or older.
- Your parents.
- Your grandparents.
- Your siblings.
- Your children.
- Your spouse.
- Your aunts or uncles.
- Your legal guardian.
- A registered genealogist.
- Your attorney, with proper authorization.
- State or federal agency.
- Your stepparents.
First, you must fill out an application and provide proper photo ID along with verification of relationship to the person named on the certificate.
You may also order your copies online through Indiana’s online system or their partner VitalChek.
You can also order your copy through the mail by sending your completed application along with the fees to Vital Records, Indiana State Department of Health, P O Box 7125, Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125
The cost for the first copy is $10, which you must pay via check or money order, made out to Indiana State Department of Health. Each additional copy is another $4. The fees are non-refundable.
You also have the option of using Indiana’s partner service 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.