What Does it Cost To Order Vital Records?

In the United States the cost to order vital records varies by type of record and by state. For a complete listing of costs by state please click here.

In addition to the cost of ordering the vital record, most states also require a copy of a picture identification (ID) of the person submitting the order. For more details on these requirements click here.

What Information do Vital Records Provide?


The information provided by vital records varies with the type of vital record.

For example, a birth certificate is an official government document which confirms the details around the birth of a newborn baby. These details include the baby’s name, the name of both the mother and father and hospital where the birth occurred and the state and county where the baby was born.

A marriage license is also an official government document but it confirms the legal marriage between two individuals.  Marriage licenses are usually issued prior to a wedding ceremony and then are signed at the ceremony and returned to the issuing government office by the officiant.