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Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration

Certified Copies of Arizona Birth Certificates

 

Years Available:

    1950 to the present - Our office issues certified copies of Arizona birth certificates from the year 1950 to the present. If you need certified copies for Arizona birth certificates from before 1950, please refer to our FAQ page for more information.

 

'AS IS' certificates:

    Electronic versions of Arizona Birth Certificates for the years 1950-1988 may contain partial information from what was documented on the original paper certificate. This electronic version is 100% legal and is accepted for school registrations, driver’s license, state I.D.’s, benefits enrollment and for most court order requests and filings. You have the option to purchase a certified copy of this electronic record and will be asked to acknowledge this choice on the application. The State of Arizona began electronically imaging certain fields contained on the original paper record when the birth registry was automated in the late 1980’s. Capturing the complete record and making it available for purchase is an ongoing project. If you are applying for a U.S. Passport or wish to have a certified copy of the original paper certificate, you may also apply to the State Office of Vital Records and purchase a copy of the original record.

 

What do we need certified copies for?

    Certified copies of birth certificates are important documents and often are needed when preparing tax filings, school registrations, for benefits enrollment and other legal matters. Original certificates are held in the state archives. Arizona is a “closed” record state which means only certain parties may receive a copy of this important document. Please read the eligibility requirements tab below for more information.

 

Where do I find your offices?

    Our offices are located valley wide and accessed easily from major highways. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm. Please arrive by 4:00pm if you are needing to discuss a possible correction with one of our Deputy Local Registrars.

 

Need your birth certificate from a different state?

 

More questions?

    Have more questions about Arizona birth certificates, such as “What do you need when applying for a US Passport?” or “What is the difference between the electronic record and the paper record?”, please read our helpful FAQ page.

 

Three Ways to Apply for a Certified Copy


In Person:

  1. Complete an application
  2. Sign your application
  3. Be ready to provide your valid, government issued photo ID with signature
  4. Bring any additional documents that may be required that establish eligibility such as proof of relationship and factual documents establishing legal or other vital interest
  5. Be ready to pay the appropriate fee

 

By Mail:

    Clear copies of FRONT and BACK of ID is REQUIRED
  1. Print and complete an application for the certified copies of the certificate you wish to order
  2. Sign your application
  3. Attach a clear photocopy of your valid, government issued photo ID with signature or have your signature notarized on the application form
  4. Include any additional documents that may be required that establish eligibility such as proof of relationship and factual documents establishing legal or other vital interest
  5. Include the fee per copy requested and check the accepted form of payment. Remember, NO CASH please through the mail
  6. Mail your signed application, copy of accepted ID, factual documents and proof of eligibility, acceptable payment type and fee with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

     

    Office of Vital Registration
    PO Box 2111
    Phoenix AZ 85001

     

    **Allow 1-2 weeks for processing to receive your certified copy in the mail.

 

Where to apply for out of state certificates.

 

Online:

VitalChek is your direct connection to order certified copies of Arizona vital records (with government seal). Order online through VitalChek and receive your eligible purchase by express mail. Additional fees apply. VitalChek is a third party company authorized by Maricopa County and the State of Arizona to offer this online application option. To obtain information and instructions for ordering Arizona vital records, please review the VitalChek website.

 

Acceptable Identification


Valid, Government Issued Photo ID with Signature:

    Clear copies of FRONT and BACK of ID is REQUIRED
  • United States issued Driver’s License or Identification Card

  • United States Territories Driver’s License or Identification Card

  • United States Military Identification Card that contains bearer's signature (some do not)

  • Tribal Identification that contains bearer's signature

  • Passports – United States or Foreign issued

  • Visa – In a passport and the bearer's signature is on the passport not the Visa

  • Permanent Resident Card issued on or after May 11, 2010 which includes a signature

  • Resident Alien Card (Form I-551)

  • Employment Authorized Card (Forms I-766, I-688A or I-668B)

  • Temporary Resident Card (I-688)

 

Note: Expired, cracked, broken, taped or faded identification documents will not be accepted.

Eligibility Requirements

 

In Arizona, applicants must prove their relationship to the person (Registrant) named on the Arizona birth certificate.

 

The requirements below are in addition to providing a signed application, clear copy of the applicant’s acceptable ID, any factual documentation or additional forms required and the appropriate fee. *All documents submitted will be reviewed and verified prior to fulfillment of the request.

 

Eligible applicants and the information needed to apply in addition to the application requirements above:

 

*Please note that hospital copies or uncertified birth certificates cannot be accepted.

 

Applicant Birth Certificate
Self

Is the person named on the birth certificate, also referred to as the “Registrant” and who is at least 18 years old or provides a certified copy of their court ordered emancipation

Family Member

The Registrant’s spouse, natural or adopted offspring, father, mother, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister

Parent

The mother or father as listed on the child’s birth certificate may apply. A father who is not named on the birth certificate is eligible if he provides a certified copy court order naming him as the father of the Registrant. If the court ordered paternity directs this office to add the father to the child’s birth certificate, this change must be done before certified copies may be issued

Foster Parent

Foster parent of the Registrant must provide a letter on Child Protective Services letterhead stating the Registrant is still in the care of the Foster parent(s), signed by the case worker and dated within 30 days of the request. Include a copy of the case worker’s agency ID badge. This letter must state the child’s name, date of birth and the foster parent’s name. If a temporary guardianship, attach a certified copy of the Order for Temporary Guardianship showing the time frame for the guardianship. Updated Review Hearing documentation is required for orders with review hearing dates that have already

Grandparent

Grandparent must establish their relationship with the Registrant by providing a certified copy of their child’s birth certificate (mother or father of the Registrant) who is named on the Registrant’s birth certificate. If the grandparent’s child was born in AZ after 1950, our office can verify this relationship

Guardian of a Minor

The current legal guardian of the Registrant must provide a certified copy of the court order, Establishing Guardianship and Legal Custody. If a temporary guardianship, the guardian must provide a certified copy of the court order showing the time frame for the guardianship. Updated Review Hearing documentation is required for orders with review hearing dates that have already passed

Spouse

The spouse of the Registrant named on the birth certificate. The spouse must provide a certified copy of the official marriage certificate (church certificates and licenses are not acceptable) or provide a current joint financial account statement, co title on a vehicle or property, joint utility statement and a copy of the spouse’s acceptable ID, and a notarized permission letter from the Registrant allowing the spouse to make the request

Adult Brother/Sister

Adult siblings of the Registrant must be at least 18 years of age. They must also prove that they share 1 parent in common with the Registrant. This may be done by providing a certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate listing 1 of their parents in common or provide a certified copy of a Tribal Affidavit of Birth (photocopies of non-certified records are not valid). If the sibling and Registrant were born in Arizona, our office can search AZ birth records from 1950 to present to verify the shared parent in common

Adult Child

Adult children of the Registrant must be at least 18 years of age. They need to provide a certified copy of their birth certificate that names the Registrant as their parent or provide a certified copy of a Tribal Affidavit of Birth (photocopies of non-certified records are not valid). If the adult child was born in AZ after 1950, our office can verify this relationship

Attorney Representing the Registrant

The attorney must submit a letter of request on his/her letterhead stating their professional relationship to the Registrant or Registrant's parent if the Registrant is a minor, signed by the attorney and containing the attorney’s bar number. The attorney must provide documentation stating the attorney has been retained by the Registrant

Attorney Representing the Biological Parent(s) in an Adoption Proceeding

The attorney must submit a letter of request on his/her letterhead stating their professional relationship to the Registrant's parent, signed by the attorney and containing the attorney’s bar number. The attorney must provide the signed retainer agreement with the Registrant or the Registrant's parent if the registrant is a minor or the attorney can have the biological parent(s) complete the Office of Vital Records' birth application and instruct the parent to enter the attorney's name and address on the application in the mailing address field. A copy of the parent's acceptable ID must be included with the application or the parent must sign the application in the presence of a notary. The application must be signed by the birth parent

Attorney Representing the Adoptive Parent(s) in an Adoption Proceeding

The attorney must submit a letter of request on his/her letterhead stating their professional relationship to the adoptive parent(s), signed by the attorney and containing the attorney’s bar number. The attorney must provide certified copy of a court record evidencing an adoption is pending and that the attorney represents the adoptive parent(s). If the court records are not available, the attorney can have the birth parent complete the Office of Vital Records’ birth application and instruct the parent to enter the attorney’s name and address on the application in the mailing address field. A copy of the parent’s acceptable ID must be included with the application or the parent must sign the application in the presence of a notary. The application must be signed by the birth parent. Note: The private attorney representing the adoptive parent(s) may request a certified copy of the amended birth certificate at the time the final order of adoption is submitted to the Office of Vital Records (OVR). The request must be in application format or on the attorney’s letterhead, contain the attorney’s state bar number, and contain the attorney’s signature

Adoption Agencies Representing Adoptive or Biological
Parent(s)

The adoption agency must provide a certified copy of court records which establish that an adoption of the registrant is pending and that the agency or private attorney represents the adoptive or biological parent(s). Note: If the court records are not available, the adoption agency can have the birth parent complete the Office of Vital Records’ birth application and instruct the parent to enter the adoption agency’s name and address on the application in the mailing address field. A copy of the parent’s valid government issued photo ID must be included with application or the parent must sign the application in the presence of a notary. The application must be signed by the birth parent. Requests from adoption agencies must be on agency letterhead, stating their professional relationship to the adoptive or biological parent(s), and must contain a notarized signature, or a signature along with a photocopy of the signer’s valid government issued photo ID

Government Agencies

Official agencies must provide a written request on agency letterhead stating the official business need for the request and include the factual documentation of the official business need. The applicant must sign the application and include a clear copy of their agency ID badge or notarize their signature on the letter if a badge cannot be provided. Agencies outside of Arizona must provide the appropriate fee in addition to the other application requirements above. Arizona state agencies shall apply direct with the State Office of Vital Records

Genealogy

Arizona is a closed records state and this means that an individual seeking a record that is not yet public must provide proof of their eligible relationship to the Registrant. If the requested record is public, the applicant may apply to the State office

Fees


    $20.00 - Per certified copy

 

    $30.00 - For corrections. Fee includes the corrected certified copy

 

    $  5.00 - Non certified copy for Gov’t Agency use only

 

 

Accepted Forms of Payment


    MasterCard and Visa

 

    Money Order

 

    Cashier’s Check

 

    Cash is only accepted in person

 

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Three Locations:

 

Central Phoenix
3221 N 16th St
Phoenix AZ 85016
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East Mesa
4419 E Main St
Mesa AZ 85205
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West Phoenix
3003 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix AZ 85017
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Contact and Hours:

Ph: 602-506-6805
Hrs: 8:00am-4:30pm

Please arrive by 4:00pm

 

Fees:

$20.00-Certified Copy
$30.00-Corrections
$  5.00-Non certified copy for Gov’t Agency use only

 

Forms of Payment:
• Visa or MasterCard
• Money Order
• Cashier’s Check
• Cash
(in person ONLY)

 

How to Apply:
• In person
• By Mail
• Online (fees apply)