How To Find A Birth Certificate?

Can you view birth certificates online?

Online United States vital records are found on a number of websites, such as,, or state government sites. Some states have not placed their records online and it is necessary for near kin to fill out forms and order copies of certificates.

Are births public record?

Vital records are often available to the public, but usually restricted to the person the record belongs to, or their immediate family or someone with written authorization; however, there are exceptions that do allow general public access. Certified copies of vital records are used as official identification.

Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate for free?

Create a free Birth Certificate Request Letter online, print it, and mail it to your state’s vital records office with the applicable fee. For the mailing address and fee information, visit your state’s Office of Vital Statistics website, listed below.