Arizona (AZ) Vital Records

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History of Vital Records in Arizona

Arizona Government-Issued Vital Records

In Arizona, the statewide registration of vital records began in July 1909 and was generally accepted by 1926. Since then, county clerks have sent copies of these records to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), making them available at the home county and State Department of Health offices. Arizona is a “closed record” state, meaning vital records are not public records. Only residents 18 years or older may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate. Confidential records are also restricted and can only be accessed by authorized individuals such as family or legal representatives. Accessing these records requires authorization from the ADHS.

According to the US Census, in 1960, the resident population of Arizona was about 1.3 million people. As of 2021, the population of Arizona is 7.276 million people, a decrease from the previous year of 7.421 million.

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Official Birth Certificate
Arizona Birth Certificate

Request a certified copy of live birth for your baby or child.

Official Marriage Certificate
Arizona Marriage Certificate
Obtain marriage records for yourself or a family member.
Official Death Certificate
Arizona Death Certificate
Get an original copy of a death certificate replacement for a lost record.

Why Do I Need Certified Copies of My Arizona Vital Records?

Vital records like birth, death, and marriage certificates are essential for many milestones in life. They serve as proof of identity, citizenship, and family ties and can be used to resolve legal matters or claim inheritances. They are also excellent tools for tracing family lineage, providing key information about your ancestors, including full names, birth and death dates, and places of residence. If you misplace a vital record certificate, report it to the police and promptly request a certified replacement, as vital records are crucial for many major life events such as marriage, school enrollment, military service, or travel.

Where to Get Arizona Vital Records

Each county certifies and issues vital records that take place within its jurisdiction. You can search where to request a replacement from the complete list of AZ County vital record issuing agencies. The list contains locations, contact information, and access to online applications for requesting birth, death, and marriage certificates.

In Arizona, you can request your birth or death certificate through the state (online or by mail) or through your county (the procedure varies by county, but many offer in-person applications). The Clerk of the Superior Court maintains marriage certificates in the county where the event occurred, so they are not issued by the state. To request a copy of your marriage certificate, you must apply via your county’s vital record-issuing agency. Refer to the list below for locations, contact details, and links to online applications for requesting Arizona birth, death, and marriage certificates.

❗️ If you’re seeking ancestral records for genealogy research in Arizona, they are freely available from various public archives.

Visiting the Vital Records Office

  • Required in-person application
  • Waiting in line
  • Complex and tedious application process
  • Strict business hours and closed during holidays
  • Phone line may be busy
  • No trackable application
  • Only checks and money orders

Visiting the ADHS-BVR office location

Ordering Vital Records Online

  • No waiting in long lines
  • Simplified and streamlined application process
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Online assistance by specialists
  • Verification and error-checking
  • Custom trackable application interface
  • Convenient fee payment by credit card
    • Additional service fee
    • Remote Processing time

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How to Order Arizona Vital Records

Arizona provides several methods of obtaining birth, death, and marriage certificates. It’s possible to make your request by mail or in person (though this varies by county), but the most convenient option is to order online, available for all Arizona counties. The Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Vital Records will produce and certify the documents, provided that you meet the requirements and follow the instructions. Applying for vital record replacements is straightforward once you become familiar with the steps and requirements.

The costs, eligibility terms, required documents, and processing times for requesting a vital record copy can vary depending on certificate type and order method. Regardless of how you order your certificate, reviewing the application process and conditions before making your request is essential.

❗️ The ADHS-BVR only issues birth and death certificates; marriage certificates are issued from the county office that created the original certificate.

Ordering Online

Ordering Arizona Vital Records online is quick and effortless and involves two simple steps:

  1. Complete the online application and upload your documents, and
  2. process your order.

If you qualify as an authorized individual, you can apply for an Arizona birth, death, or marriage certificate online. Before submitting your application, ensure that you have the necessary documents prepared. You will be prompted to upload digital copies during the secure application process.

Vital Records Online simplifies and guides you through the entire process of requesting records, from collecting and generating the required documents to submitting the application. You can complete the application from any internet-enabled device in as little as five minutes. The system also minimizes the risk of application rejection by ensuring that your application is free of errors or omitted documents.

✔︎ First-Class mail tracking is included with every online application.

✔︎ Additional copies of your certified vital records can be purchased for the state’s fee during the online application to save future costs.

✔︎ Vital Records Online’s support team manages scanning, printing, and providing an online notary for your application and documents. Learn more about how the online ordering and premium handling process works.

Order In-Person or by Mail

The Arizona Department of Health Services no longer allows in-person applications, so if you wish to apply in person, you will have to check with your county’s local vital records office. Applying in person may be feasible depending on where you live, but be mindful that you may face long lines. Applying online or by mail is often the most convenient option.

The procedures for requesting records in person and by mail are similar. The requirements for applying in person may vary by county, but the process will generally involve the following steps:

  • gathering your documents;
  • getting photocopies of your documents;
  • completing the correct form, and;
  • presenting everything to your local vital records office during regular business hours.

Additionally, when ordering by mail, you will need the following:

  • purchasing an envelope;
  • including a physical check or money order, (alternatively, you can provide your credit card information);
  • obtaining a notarized sworn statement (if required), and;
  • issuing it to the ADHS-BVR.

❗️ To avoid application rejections due to mistakes or incomplete information, review the necessary criteria for each vital record before mailing it.

❗️ Ensure that your documents, application, and payment are submitted to the correct health department that issues certified copies of the preserved original record.

❗️ If you mail your application and documents manually, it is recommended to purchase mail tracking to confirm their arrival at the correct office.


Before gathering the documents you need for your vital record application, you should ensure that you understand the terms and requirements of the request.

Proof of Identity for Verifying Authorization

The table below shows the required information and documents for ordering certified copies of Arizona vital records. If you do not possess an accepted form of identification, you must obtain a notarization of your application.

To obtain a certified birth or death certificate from The Bureau of Vital Records, you must present a photocopy of the front and back of your signed government-issued ID. If you cannot provide an acceptable form of ID, you must sign your application at a public notary. This notarization will suffice as proof of identity.

The ADHS-BVR does not issue marriage certificates, so identification requirements may vary by county when requesting a marriage certificate.

What Documents Are Required to Order Vital Records in Arizona?

The required documents can vary depending on which certificate you need and how you submit your application and documents. Check the ADHS Bureau of Vital Records website or your county’s health department’s website for more information regarding eligibility and requirements.

CertificateRequired InformationID Requirements OptionsSecondary ID Options
Birth CertificateDate of Birth,
Father's Date of Birth,
Father's Name,
Father's Place of Birth,
Full Name at Birth,
Hospital of Birth,
Mailing Address,
Mother's Date of Birth,
Mother's Maiden Name,
Mother's Place of Birth,
Phone Number,
Place of Birth,
Tribe of the Person of Record,
Your Name,
Your Relationship to the Person of Record,
Your Signature
Valid Government IDNotarized Signature on Application
Death CertificateDate of Birth,
Date of Death,
Full Name of Person of Record,
Funeral Home Name,
Mailing Address,
Phone Number,
Place of Death,
Your Name,
Your Relationship to the Person of Record,
Your Signature
Valid Government IDNotarized Signature on Application
Marriage CertificateBride Name,
County Where License Was Issued,
Date of Marriage,
Groom Name,
Phone Number,
Purpose for the Certificate,
Your Relationship to the Person of Record,
Your Signature
Varies by CountyVaries by County

Who is Authorized to Order

Who can request vital records in Arizona?

The certificate holder can request a certified copy of their vital records. To do so, they must present valid identification or a notarized signature for their application.

If you order a vital record for someone else as a third party, you must confirm eligibility for each birth, death, and marriage certificate. Generally, The Bureau of Vital Records allows a third party to make a legal request for a copy of the vital record as long as they have some form of familial or legal relationship to the individual on record, which they will need to provide proof of.

CertificateAuthorized People
Birth CertificateAdoption Agencies, Attorneys, Children, Conservator, Government Officials, Grandchildren, Grandparents, Legal Guardian, Parents, Person on Record, Power of Attorney, Siblings, Spouse
Death CertificateAttorneys, Beneficiary, Children, Consulate of a Foreign Government, Funeral Director, Government Officials, Grandchildren, Grandparents, Hospital, Insurance Company, Other Person by Court Order, Parents, Person Authorized by an Eligible Person, Person Responsible for Final Disposition, Power of Attorney, Siblings, Spouse
Marriage CertificateAuthorized Individuals defined per-county

✔︎ If you can provide documentation of legal interest or hold a Power of Attorney from the person on record, you are eligible to request the vital record for that person.

Notarized Sworn Statement

Do I need a notary with my application?

To request a certified copy of your vital records in Arizona, you must verify your identity by providing a copy of the front and back of your valid, signed, government-issued identification or a notarized signature on your application. A notarization is only required if you cannot provide a valid primary ID. This policy is generally the same for third-party applicants: a notarization is only necessary without of a valid primary ID.

❗️ A Notarized sworn statement may be required when submitting an application without a copy of a valid, government-issued ID

❗️ If you cannot provide a photocopy of a valid, government-issued ID, you must sign your application before a public notary.

✔︎ Vital Records Online includes an online notary service in your application packet. Otherwise, you must bring your ID when creating this document using a local public notary.

Costs and Fees

The total cost of obtaining a vital record certificate depends on The Bureau of Vital Records’ fees for each certificate, how you submit your request, and whether or not a notary is required to verify your identity.

If you order your records online, Vital Records Online’s Application Assistant starts at $29. The Bureau of Vital Records charges a fee of $20.00 per copy certified birth or death certificate. Marriage certificate fees may vary by county.

CertificateFeeAdditional Copy
Birth Certificate$20.00$20.00
Death Certificate$20.00$20.00
Marriage CertificateVaries by countyVaries by county

✔︎ Additional copies can be requested during the same order to save future costs in case your vital records are lost, destroyed, or stolen.

Vital Records Online Logo processing fee is $29.

Processing and Delivery Times

How long will it take to receive my vital records from Arizona?

Processing times for replacing birth, death, or marriage certificates can vary. The current processing and delivery times are shown below. The total waiting time will also depend on the method you use to submit your application and the documents you need.

CertificateProcessing TimeRush Processing Time
Birth Certificate5-7 business days from the date the application is receivedNot available
Death Certificate5-7 business days from the date the application is receivedNot available
Marriage CertificateVaries by countyNot available

❗️ A simple error, typo, or missing document can cause wait times to double, repeat shipping costs, or expose personal information.

❗️ We also advise allowing 2-3 additional days in your application process to ensure you obtain a notary (if required).

How to Track My AZ Vital Record?

If you submit your application through Vital Records Online, you can monitor your application and order processing status. You’ll also be able to track your application packet to the Arizona Department of Public Health with the first-class mail tracking included with your order.

If you manually send your application packet to the health department, use first-class mail tracking to confirm its arrival. The Bureau of Vital Records ships all documents securely with first-class mail tracking but isn’t liable for misdirected or lost certificates. Report immediately if your birth certificate goes missing. Be aware that mistakes such as typos or omitted documents can lead to extended waiting periods, additional shipping charges, or the risk of exposing your personal information.

Find more frequently asked questions below the Arizona counties office locations directory.

Arizona (AZ) Vital Record Office Locations

Local Vital Records offices may be closed to the public.

Online Applications are available 24 hrs, 365 days per year.

Search (A-Z) Arizona vital records issuing agencies in your county.
Address Hours Application

Arizona Department of Health Services – Bureau of Vital Records
150 North 18th Ave., Ste.120
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: (602) 364-1300

Mailing Address:

Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Vital Records

PO Box 6018
Phoenix, AZ 85005

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Apache County
70 W 3rd South
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Cochise County
1415 Melody Lane, Building G Bisbee
AZ 85603
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Coconino County
219 East Cherry Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Gila County
1400 E. Ash Street
Globe, AZ 85501
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Graham County
921 W. Thatcher Boulevard
Safford, AZ 85546
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Greenlee County
253 5th St
Clifton, AZ 85533
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
La Paz County
1108 S. Joshua Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Maricopa County
301 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Mohave County
700 W. Beale Street
Kingman AZ 86401
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Navajo County
Governmental Complex
100 East Code Talkers Drive
South Highway 77
P.O. Box 668
Holbrook, AZ 86025
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Pima County
130 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Pinal County
31 N Pinal Street
Florence, AZ 85132
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Santa Cruz County
2150 N. Congress Drive
Nogales, AZ 85621
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Yavapai County
120 S. Cortez, Prescott 86303
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate
Yuma County
198 S. Main St.
Yuma, AZ 85364
Birth Certificate Death Certificate Marriage Certificate

Other Frequently Asked Questions


If you submit your vital record certificate to a foreign government, you must obtain an apostille. Apostilles are issued by the Secretary of State for records initially filed with The Bureau of Vital Records.

How can I get an apostille for a vital record?

You can secure Arizona vital record Apostilles either online via Vital Records Online or by visiting the Secretary of State’s office.

Vital Records Online offers apostille services for all 50 US states, is acknowledged by various governments and organizations, and is accepted in over 100 countries. These services cover birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates backed by expert assistance. Starting at $149 (plus government fees), the entire apostille process is online and can be finished in three straightforward steps.

  1. Complete the Apostille Express online application.
  2. Submit the required documents for approval.
  3. Receive your apostille document.

In the majority of instances, there’s no need to have physical copies of your documents – the entire process can be conducted online. Once your apostille document is prepared, we’ll ship it to you through FedEx or DHL. Regardless of whether you’re based in the U.S. or elsewhere, our trusted courier partners ensure global delivery of your documents.

If you are manually sending your certificates, you will need to provide the following information:

  1. The certified copy of your vital record.
  2. The Secretary of State’s “Apostille/Certificate of Authentication Request” form filled out correctly.
  3. A check or money order of $3.00 issued to the “Arizona Secretary of State.”
  4. A self-addressed, prepaid envelope.

You can do this by mail by sending your request to the following address:

Secretary of State
Attn: Apostille Dept.
1700 W. Washington Street, Fl. 7
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2808

If you live in or near Phoenix or Tucson, you can submit your request in person at the following addresses:

Arizona State Complex Building
1st floor, Suite 141
400 W. Congress
Tucson, AZ


Executive Tower
2nd floor, Suite 220
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ

You can contact the office at (602) 542-6187 or 1-800-458-5842. For more information, visit

Correcting or Amending Vital Records

The Bureau of Vital Records provides on its website information regarding how to make amendments to vital records in various common scenarios. The exact procedure and required documents will depend on the specific circumstances of the amendment. Any supplemental changes or corrections of a vital record are made addendums to the original record, as the original document cannot be altered.

The process and requirements for correcting a vital record certificate can vary depending on which type of certificate you are amending, the year the certificate was initially filed, how/where you submit the request, and what information needs to be changed.

Typically, requests to correct or amend vital records will require the following:

  1. A completed amendment application;
  2. Supporting documentation;
  3. Appropriate fee(s);

Learn more about correcting or amending birth, death, and marriage certificates.


  • The DMV prefers a birth certificate when verifying your identity for the REAL ID;
  • The deadline to obtain a Real ID has been extended to May 7th, 2025.

The REAL ID Act is a new federal law regarding driver’s licenses that may affect those individuals whose vital records do not match their driver’s licenses. To prevent delays when applying for your Real ID driver’s license, you are encouraged to review your birth and/or marriage to ensure your name, sex, and date of birth are listed correctly.

Search Public Records

Where can I search for free public records?

Arizona birth records are made public 75 years after the date of birth, while death certificates are made public 50 years after the date of death. Marriage and divorce records filed prior to 1950 may be held by the Arizona State Archives, depending on the county in which they were filed. It’s not always easy to find free public records, but many vital records in Arizona are freely accessible to the public. If you are prepared to devote substantial time to reviewing records, you can browse Arizona’s archives of birth, marriage, and divorce certificates.

Are Arizona Vital Records Open to the Public?

In Arizona, many state records are publicly accessible, but the access depends on the certificate type and the year when the birth, death, or marriage occurred.

Third-party websites can help you research specific types of vital records. These websites can provide good points of reference and are convenient as they are typically not limited by geographic location. However, the information on these websites is not always consistent with official government records. To search for a record on a third-party website, you must provide the following:

  • The location of the record you’re looking for, including the city, county, or state where it was recorded.
  • The name of the person on record, if it is not a minor.

Arizona residents have the right to inspect or obtain copies of public vital records under the Arizona Public Records Law.

How to Verify if Your Vital Record is Official

Vital records vary from state to state, county to county, and municipality to municipality. You can check the document’s appearance to ensure you have the official certified copy of your birth, death, or marriage Certificate. One way to differentiate between an official (authorized) copy and an informational copy is to look for a stamp or large printed text on the face of the document that says something like “Informational, Not a Valid Document to Establish Identity.”

What Are the Differences between Authorized Copies Versus Informational Copies?

Authorized Copy: 

Only certified copies of vital records constitute legal documents that serve as official identification. Informational copies are for personal reference and can not be used for identification purposes. Therefore, only those with a “direct and tangible interest” in a vital record can order certified copies of the certificate.

Informational Copy: 

In Arizona, informational copies of vital records are essentially unofficial (non-certified) copies of birth, death, or marriage certificates.

While informational copies provide similar details as the authorized (long form) copies (such as names, dates, and locations), they cannot be used for official purposes like establishing identity, obtaining a passport, or proving eligibility for benefits. Instead, informational copies are typically used for personal record-keeping or genealogical research.

Anyone can obtain informational copies, regardless of their relationship to the individuals named on the record. No proof of identity or notarized sworn statement is required to request informational copies. In compliance with the Arizona Public Records Law, citizens are legally entitled to inspect or obtain copies of public records.

Find more references regarding birth, death, and marriage certificates in the resources section.

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