Apply for a Birth Certificate
Birth records in the IDOH Vital Records office begin with October 1907. Prior to October 1907, records of birth are filed only with the local health department in the county where the birth actually occurred.
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.
There are four ways to order a birth certificate:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- IDOH Vital Records via Mail – Allows you to pay via check or money order. To apply for a birth certificate, print Form 49607.
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.
To check the status of an order, please contact Customer Service at (317) 233-2700.