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How to Get a Birth Certificate Replacement

Updated on September 16, 2015

Do you need a birth certificate replacement and aren’t quite sure how to go about getting a new one? A birth certificate is a very important document, much like a social security card. Birth certificates are used for signing up for public assistance, obtaining a passport and other similar services. Replacing a lost birth certificate is a fairly simple task. There are no lengthy forms to fill out like you would for other types of government document replacements, you don’t need several verification IDs to get one and the fee is very minimal. The whole entire process only takes less than two months to complete. The lag time is waiting for the proper department to send out a new replacement.

Did you know that there are actually two types of birth certificates? The most commonly used is the short form, as it is much cheaper for states to generate and easily accessible.

Birth Certificate Replacement Information

The appropriate agency who handles all of the vital records is the Department of Vital Statistics. Each state has their own agency who keeps records of all state citizen births. Prices vary between states for issue of the documentation and generally range between $10 to $20. The requirement for a lost birth certificate replacement is a photo copy of a driver’s license or government issued photo ID. If you do not have a driver’s license or government issued ID then you will need to contact your state’s Department of Vital Statistics for further instruction. The numbers will be found below under the location be state information.

How to Get a Birth Certificate Replacement

Visit the CDC by clicking here to find the correct Department of Vital Statistics location per your state. Choose the state in which you were born in by selecting the appropriate link. Under the “Birth” header, you will notice information such as the fee that is charged for your state, the address to send a fee and other remarks. Read over the information carefully. Visit any links if necessary of your state for an application.

A lot of states will just ask an individual to write a short letter for a request of a birth certificate replacement; thus, read the information thoroughly to avoid any setbacks. Some states also have a request system set up with online companies, such as VitalChek, who handles the expedited orders where you can pay via online to have a new birth certificate sent. Making a request via online and sending payment is just as fine as sending a letter with a money order or check. If you decide to mail out a check or money order with a request and your photo ID copy then do so with certify mail to insure that it is received proper delivery. After all, with identity theft and other occurrences becoming more common it is best to practice cautions rather than trying to save a few bucks in mail costs.

When to Expect the Arrival of Your Replacement

Some states, such as Connecticut state that delivery can take up to six weeks; therefore, don’t be alarmed if you haven’t received the birth certificate with in that time frame. Generally a birth certificate replacement comes within two weeks after payment is processed.


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