How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Nebraska
Birth certificates verify your identity, your age, and your citizenship. If you apply for a job, to school, the military or engage in other legal activities, you may need a copy of your birth certificate.
The state of Nebraska makes it very easy for you to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate by following the process below.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services handles all birth records and have been retaining them since 1904.
Nebraska considers birth records closed, and so the only people authorized to access your birth record are one of the following:
- You, if you are 18 years or older.
- Your spouse.
- Your parents.
- Your children.
You must also have an acceptable purpose for ordering a copy. Once you download the application, you will need the following information to complete it:
- Child’s full name on the birth record.
- City of birth.
- County of birth.
- Father’s full name.
- Mother’s full name, including maiden name.
- The purpose of the request.
- If you were adopted or not.
- Your name.
- Your address including city, state and zip code.
- Your phone number.
- Your email address.
- Your relationship to the party list on the record.
- A photocopy of your valid ID.
- Your signature.
If you are ordering your copy through the mail, you can complete the application and return it, along with the fees to:
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Public Health
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
If you have any questions about your order or the application you can contact them via email at DHHS.VitalRecords@nebraska.gov or phone by calling (402) 471-2871.
You must pay a $17, non-refundable fee per copy by check or money order made out to Vital Records.
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.