How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Kentucky
Many times during your life you may find you need a copy of your birth certificate. They can be handy for applying to school, for a job, joining the military or getting a passport or driver’s license.
If you were born in Kentucky and cannot locate your original certificate, you can get one pretty quickly by following the steps below.
The Kentucky Vital Statistics office handles all birth records and has retained records since 1911. You can obtain a copy of your birth certificate from them by phone, Internet, by mail or visiting them in person.
Regardless of how your order you will need the following information to get a copy:
- Full name of the person on the birth record.
- Birthdate of the person on the record.
- The county of birth.
- City and state of birth.
- Name of the hospital.
- Mother’s maiden name.
- Father’s name.
- Your full name.
- Your full address.
- Your phone number.
- Number of copies.
- If the child was adopted or not.
- Your relationship to the person.
- Your signature.
When ordering by mail be sure to include your payment for the fees and mail your application to:
Office of Vital Statistics
275 E. Main St. 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621
You may also order through the phone by calling (800) 241-8322, and they do offer UPS expedited service.
If you choose to visit in person, you will need to go to Vital Statistics, 275 East Main Street 1E -A, Frankfort, KY 40621, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
You will also need to download and complete a copy of the application.
You will pay a $10 non-refundable fee for each copy you order. Checks or money orders must be made out to Kentucky State Treasurer.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for 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.