Where to Write for Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce Certificates, etc.

Where do you write to get a copy of a
birth certificate?
a divorce decree?
a death certificate?
a marriage license?
How much does it cost?
What do I need to
know to request a copy?
Can I send a check?
Can I get a death certificate for my great-great-great grandfather?
Can I get an heirloom copy? (What in the world is an “heirloom copy” anyway?)
The information here is provided by the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The Federal Government does not maintain files or indexes of records such as these needed by genealogical researchers. These records are filed permanently either in a State vital statistics office or in a city, county, or other local office.
To obtain a certified copy of any of the certificates, write or go to the vital statistics office in the State or area where the event occurred. Addresses and fees will be given for each event in the State or area concerned.

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Special Situations


Requesting a Vital Record

An official certificate of every birth, death, marriage, and divorce should be on file in the locality where the event occurred.  These records are filed permanently either in a State vital statistics office or in a city, county, or other local office. 
To obtain a certified copy of any of the certificates, write or go to the vital statistics office in the State or area where the event occurred. Addresses and fees will herein be given for each event in the State concerned. Information also will be provided to obtain records of U. S. citizens born in foreign countries, on the high-seas, and in the Panama Canal Zone.
To ensure that you receive an accurate record, follow the steps below: 

Requesting a birth or death record
1. Full name of person whose record is being requested.
2. Sex.
3. Parents’ names, including maiden name of mother.
4. Month, day, and year of birth or death.
5. Place of birth or death (city or town, county, and State; and name of hospital, if known).
6. Purpose for which copy is needed.
7. Relationship to person whose record is being requested.

Requesting a marriage certificate
1. Full names of bride and groom.
2. Month, day, and year of marriage.
3. Place of marriage (city or town, county, and State).
4. Purpose for which copy is needed.
5. Relationship to persons whose record is being requested.
Requesting divorce records
1. Full names of husband and wife.
2. Date of divorce or annulment.
3. Place of divorce or annulment.
4. Type of final decree.
5. Purpose for which copy is needed.
6. Relationship to persons whose record is being requested.