Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a birth certificate?

A birth certificate is an official document provided by the state at your birth. This is a legal document to prove your identity and a document required in order to obtain:

Why do I need a death certificate?

Having a valid death certificate is required in order to obtain many crucial documents and services including (but not limited to):

How do I order my vital records (birth, death or marriage certificate)?

VitalRecordsOnline.com is the fastest and most reliable service available to order a new or replacement vital record. VitalRecordsOnline.com provides services that assist you in applying for your birth, death or marriage certificate. We make the process easy, streamlined via Electronic Download, Home Delivery and Rush, All Included application assistance services.

How much does it cost?

Our pricing is based on the state fee, shipping fee and service fee for each state. You can check the fees for each state at https://www.vitalrecordsonline.com/state-fees-vital-records.

VitalRecordsOnline.com apply an honest service fees for the different packages offered. Electronic Download : $49, Home Delivery : $69 and Rush : from $199.

Our fees include :

Can I make modification once I purchase a Vital Record application assistance service?

For any modification request, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you request a change to a Electronic Download, we will make the required change(s) and send you updated application documents free of charge.

For our Home Delivery and Next Day, All Included services, we are able to make a change to your order within 24 hours before your application assistance packet ships. If you are unable to request a change before your packet ships, you may make small modifications with white corrector fluid directly on the document, or we are able to send you the updated version via email.

How long will it take to get my vital records application assistance packet that I’ve ordered from VitalRecordsOnline.com?

These are the delivery times for our three individual services:

How long does it take for my state to issue my birth certificate ?

Each state has a specific processing time frame. Please refer to this page https://www.vitalrecordsonline.com/state-fees-vital-records to see the processing estimation provided by each state.

It is advised that you allow yourself 2-3 additional days in your application process to ensure that you are able to meet your state’s application submission deadline.

What kind of identification documents do I need to obtain my birth/death or marriage certificate?

All of the required identification documents you’ll need will be provided and delivered with your application download or packet delivered from VitalRecordsOnline.com, EXCEPT a photocopy of your ID. Please place a photocopy of your ID into the provided labeled envelope, and mail the envelope from your local post office.

Certain states require a notarized sworn letter along with their vital record application. Customers from these states must notarize the sworn letter inside their application packet or download, and mail it together with all other required documents. Instructions regarding how to have your sworn letter notarized are provided within the included instructions.

Why do I get a Certified copy of my Vital Record?

Any original vital records will be sent by the state office after the event occurred. After that you can only get a “Certified Copy” of your birth, death or marriage certificate. This a Legal Document to be used for any legal purpose. We always make sure to get you the most official document available to make sure you will be able to use it for your needs.

Who can apply for a new or replacement birth certificate?

Self-applicants must be over 18 years old in order to apply for a birth certificate. If you request a birth certificate for your child, you need to select “Mother or Father” during the registration phase.

If you are not able to make the request yourself, you can assign a person/entity you trust to be your legal authorized representative. The legal authorized representative will have authorization to obtain your record on your behalf. The document must be signed by both parties in front of a notary.

Will my certificate come from the hospital where I was born?

Only the state you were born in has your original birth certificate document and can ensure its availability. Occasionally, a hospital will provide a document with your footprint or the footprint of the child you are applying for. This document is not the official birth certificate. An official state seal must be present to validate an official birth certificate.