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Births

Birth records in the IDOH Vital Records office began in October 1907. Prior to October 1907, records of birth were filed only with the local health department in the county where the birth occurred.

There are two forms of birth certificates available for purchase from IDOH Vital Records. The standard birth certificate is a certified 8.5” by 5.5” copy of identifying information extracted from the original birth certificate. A long-form birth certificate is a certified 8.5” by 11” copy of identifying information extracted from the original birth certificate. Gender is available on both standard and long-form certificates. Time of birth is available on long-form certificates but was not collected from 1949 to 1953, and the time may not have been recorded on the certificate prior to 1949.

A record cannot be identified as available prior to purchase because under State statute (IC 16-37-1-11 and IC 37-1-11.5), the fee associated with a birth certificate is for the IDOH Vital Records office to search the records and determine if a record is on file. The search fee includes one certified copy of the certificate if the record is found; search fees are non-refundable.

Indiana does not issue birth certificates for individuals born in another state. Requests must be made directly to the vital records office in the state where the birth occurred. For a listing of contact information for vital records agencies throughout the country, visit the CDC's Where to Write for Vital Records page.

If a change needs to be made to a birth certificate, please visit the Correct/Amend a Birth Certificate page of the Vital Records website for details.

Customers that need an Apostille on certificates they have purchased from IDOH may get more information by visiting the Indiana Secretary of State’s Apostilles website.

For individuals born abroad to parents with U.S. Citizenship, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Birth of U.S. Citizens Abroad page.

Indiana Codes 16-37-1-10, 16-37-1-11, and 16-37-1-11.5 serve as the State statutes for the fees, relationship, and identification requirements to purchase documents from the Vital Records office. The purchaser must have a “direct interest.”  A direct interest is defined as a documented and verifiable financial and legal interest, or an immediate direct kinship (parent, adult sibling, or grandparent) to the person named on the record.

Others such as guardians, attorneys, funeral directors, or other authorized agents acting on behalf of the registrant, or their family may demonstrate a direct interest when information is needed for the determination or protection of personal or property rights.

Depending on the individual’s interest in the record, additional documentation may be required.

  • Parents of the individual listed on the certificate – must be listed on the record
  • Grandparents of the individual listed on the certificate – must be the parent of a parent listed on the record & show proof of relationship
  • Sibling, 18 years or older, of the individual listed on the certificate – must show proof of relationship
  • Child or Grandchild, 18 years or older, of the individual named on the certificate – must show proof of relationship
  • Current Spouse of the individual named on the certificate – must show proof of marriage
  • Aunt or Uncle of the individual named on the certificate – must show proof of relationship
  • Stepparent of the individual named on the certificate – must have ID with a valid marriage certificate
  • Court-Appointed Legal Guardian – must have ID and provide guardianship papers with seal
  • Attorney representing individual named on the certificate – must have ID for self and provide a document with direct interest spelled out on letterhead or court documents
  • Genealogy – individual named on the certificate must be over 75 years old and deceased – must show proof of death
  • Social Agency – must have work ID with court documents or signed authorization from the client
  • State and Federal Agencies – must have work ID and provide a document with direct interest spelled out on letterhead, court documents, or signed authorization from the client

For a full listing of identification requirements, please see the Identification Requirements page within the Birth Information section of this website.

All requests require proper identification, proof of relationship, or direct interest in the person named on the record. Requests sent without proper identification or documentation will be returned without being processed.

Identification requirements may be fulfilled by submitting one valid Primary Document or two valid Secondary Documents. All documents must be current and valid; expired documents are not acceptable.

Accepted Primary Documents (One Form of Identification):

  • Government Issued Driver’s License / State ID – front and back required
  • US Military ID – front and back required
  • Passport
  • Veterans ID
  • Green Mexico Consular ID

Accepted Secondary Documents (Two Forms of Identification):

  • Signed Social Security Card
  • Department of Correction ID Card or Printout – must include a picture
  • College School ID – with proof of current enrollment (transcript, letter from administration)
  • Work ID Badge – with proof of current employment (computerized paycheck stub, letter from employer)
  • Voter Registration Card – with name and current address
  • Current Vehicle Registration – with name and current address (not Title of Ownership)
  • Military Discharge (DD-214)
  • Home Lease/Rental Agreement or Warranty Deed – with name, current address and signature(s)

Those with Amish or Religious Exceptions must submit a letter from the Bishop/Clergy along with one form of primary documentation or two forms of secondary documentation.

Amish Primary Documents (One Form of Identification with a letter from Bishop/Clergy):

  • Non-Photo ID

Amish Secondary Documents (Two Forms of Identification with a letter from Bishop/Clergy):

  • Signed Social Security Card or IRS From 4029 (exemption of SSN)
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • School Records

Check the Identification Requirements list to determine your eligibility as well as the proper identification and relationship document needed.

Attention Customers:

The current processing time for birth and death certificates through the state is 12-16 weeks.

For faster birth certificate service, those who were born in Indiana can place orders through the local health department for the county they were born in. Click here to view local health department information.


There are four ways to order a birth certificate:

  1. Local Health Department – Allows the quick and convenient option of the local offices walk-up services. You must contact the local health department (LHD) in the county where the event occurred to obtain information on service hours, fees proper requirements, and acceptability with different federal and state agencies. For LHD contact information visit the page Local Health Department Contacts page.
  2. IDOH Vital Records Online – Allows you choose between two reputable entities using Vital Records Online to purchase documents from the Indiana Department of Health using a major credit card at your leisure.
  3. IDOH Vital Records via Phone – Allows you to order documents and receive customer service support for ordering assistance using a reputable third-party company. This option uses a toll-free number and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (866) 601-0891.
  4. IDOH Vital Records via Mail – Allows you to pay via check or money order. To apply for a birth certificate, print Form 49607.

Fees are established by law (IC 16-37-1-11 and IC 16-37-1-11.5). Each search for a record costs $10.00. The fee is non-refundable. Included in one search is a five-year period; the reported year of birth and, if the record is not found in that year, the two years before and after. One certified copy of the record, if found, is included with the search fee. Additional copies of the same record purchased at the same time are $4.00 each. Amendments made to the record are an additional $8.00.

Please see our Fee Schedule for a complete listing of costs associated with Vital Records.


IDOH Vital Records does not offer walk-in service. Please contact your local health department (LHD) in the county where the event occurred to obtain their individual walk-in hours. Visit the Local Health Department Contacts page for LHD contact information, including links to local webpages, when available.

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This process does not apply to most births in Indiana.

Most births that occur in the State of Indiana are registered at the facility of birth using DRIVE; however, in cases where the birth did not occur at a facility, the process of registering a birth will be different depending on the child’s age when registration is sought. For children younger than 12 months, birth registration may take place at the local health department where the birth occurred. For children older than 12 months, a delayed registration of birth must be filed with IDOH Vital Records.

File a Home Birth

Home births are filed with the local health department in the jurisdiction of birth until the child reaches 12 months.

To file a home birth within 12 months at the local health department, documentation will be required. Evidence is commonly requested for proof of residence within the county or jurisdiction where the birth is being registered; however, other documentary evidence may be required depending on the health department.

Please contact the local health department where the child will be filed to obtain more information about documentary evidence necessary for registration, and other requirements.

File a Delayed Registration of Birth

For a delayed birth to be registered, proper documentation, completed forms, and associated payment is required. Documentation requirements vary depending on the individual's age at the time of registration.

To file a Delayed Registration of Birth, please contact Annette Vaughan at (317) 233-7534, or mail the request to:

Indiana Department of Health 
Vital Records 
Attn: Delayed Registration of Birth 
2 N. Meridian St. 
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Attention Customers:

The current processing time for birth and death certificates through the state is 12-16 weeks. Currently processing orders received in April 2022 (updated 9/1/22).

For faster birth certificate service, those who were born in Indiana can place orders through the local health department for the county they were born in. Click here to view local health department information.