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Vital Records

Vital Records is a division of the Decatur County Health Department and maintains all birth and death records for Decatur County. The Decatur County Health Department is a registration district for vital records, which include all births and deaths occurring in Decatur County. Certified copies of both are issued to individuals for travel, school, marriage, insurance, and to estate matters. Our staff is certified to also complete correction amendments to birth records and to prepare paternity affidavits. A fee is charged for those services. Both birth and death records begin in 1882. Records prior to 1882 are not available. Records payable by cash, money order, or credit card.

Appointments are required for all corrections, paternity affidavits, and home birth registrations.

Birth Certificate - standard or wallet size $25.00

Birth Certificate bundle - standard and wallet size $35.00

Death Certificate -  standard size $25.00

EACH ADDITIONAL BIRTH OR DEATH CERTIFICATE $10.00

Amendment to Birth Record - $25.00

Paternity/Paternity upon Marriage -  $60.00

Genealogy Search (Birth & Death) - Same as Birth & Death Fees

*NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED*

We DO accept Birth or Death requests via email or fax.

Please remit payment to The Decatur County Health Department when submitting the form.

*These fees are subject to modification by appropriate action of the Decatur County Department of Health.*


Birth Certificate Form

Death Certificate Form

Pay Online (service fee applied) at - Allpaid Credit Card System


Amanda Bates

Office Manager & Notary Public/Registrar

Direct: 812-560-4857

Email: abates@decaturcounty.in.gov

Leah Root

Public Health Specialist

Direct: 812-560-4862

Email: lroot@decaturcounty.in.gov

PERSONS ELIGIBILE TO OBTAIN CERTIFIED COPIES OF BRITH RECORDS - MUST BE 18+ AND SHOW PROOF OF RELATIONSHIP

  • Person named on the record
  • Parent, must be listed on birth certificate
  • Grandparents
  • Child over 18 years of person on record, with proof of relationship
  • Spouse
  • Sibling, with proof and written release
  • Court appointed legal guardian - must provide guardianship paper with seal
  • Attorney representing person name on record - must have ID for self and ID/written release from person on record
  • Caseworker from Division of Family & Children - with court appointed guardianship papers and ID
  • Law enforcement personnel with ID and court order

A birth certificate may be released to other individuals when provided a written authorization, containing signature, birth information and ID of person on the record, as well as individual's name the record is being released to. The person the record is being issued to must also have an ID.

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Military ID
  • State ID Card
  • Valid Passport
  • Department of Correction ID, issued within past six months
  • School ID,  with signature or photo
  • Court Order (must order local health dept. to release record to person named on record)