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How to Get a Birth Certificate in Kentucky?

Birth certificates contain information on a person's name, time and place of birth. It is considered an official document and can be used as identification in various scenarios. Losing or misplacing a birth certificate is not uncommon, and some occasions call for multiple copies of a person's birth certificate. The Office of Vital Statistics contains birth records of people all the way from 1911 to the present day. Records of births or of other public records that are before 1911 are subject to whether such documentation was stored, how well it was stored, or subsidiary evidence, if they are to be found at all.

Birth certificates can be ordered in Kentucky either by visiting the office of vital statistics, through the mail, via phone or by using the internet. At the time of the application, the applicant must bring with them the processing fee, valid government-issued identification, and information that is required to fill the application form.

How to Get a Birth Certificate in Kentucky
How do you get a birth certificate in the State of Kentucky?

Birth records in Kentucky can be obtained either by the person whose name is on the certificate, their close family, or any other person who has been authorized to receive a copy of that birth certificate. Anyone who intends to apply for a birth certificate should know the following information before their applying:

  • Name of the person whose birth certificate it is and the name should be the same as on the birth certificate
  • Place as well as the date of birth
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Father's name

In addition to this information, the applicant may also be required to provide their address, especially if they want the birth certificates to be mailed to them, a phone number where they can be reached between 8:00am-4: 30 pm Eastern Time, as well as the number of copies the applicant needs.

There is also a processing fee of $10 for every certified copy of the birth certificate is requested. The amount covers the administrative costs as well as the production costs of one certified copy. If more copies are needed, then each copy will require an additional $10. Records of stillbirths can also be obtained, and the processing fee for that is $6. If the money being forwarded requires a name it has to be made payable to, then the money should be made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer.

The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics cannot legally perform free services for the clients, do a genealogical check, or inform the applicant whether a certain birth certificate is present within the system or not.

Kentucky Birth Certificate
How can you order a birth certificate in the State of Kentucky?


Anyone who wants to visit the Office of Vital Statistics in person can do so, where they will have to fill out an application form, submit the processing fee and show their valid government-issued identification card. They can be asked to wait in the office while the birth certificate is issued.

If someone wants to apply from the comfort of their own home, then they can use the services offered by

 Vital Check. This is an online portal that issues certified birth certificates, and the whole application and fee payment process can be completed on the website. Another option is to call the office and apply using the phone. In order to reach the relevant department, you have to call (800) 241-8322. Once the call connects, select option number one, and follow through with the application process from there.

The last way to apply is by mailing the office. In order to do that, the application needs to first be downloaded from the website. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services contains an application form that all applicants must fill out in order to obtain a certified birth certificate. Once the information has been filled in, the application, along with with the processing fee, and a valid form of identification should be mailed to the following address:

Office of Vital Statistics

275 E. Main St. 1E-A

Frankfort, KY 40621

Applications made by mail need up to thirty days in order for the birth certificate to reach the home of the applicant.

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