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Vital Records FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How should my certified check or money order be made payable?

Money orders and certified checks should be made payable to Vital Records.

Where can I request a vital record?

You can request a birth, death or marriage certificate at the state office of Vital Records:

Vital Records
2600 Skyland Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319

Certified copies of vital records may be obtained from the state vital records office (all counties), or the county where the vital event occurred. Each county and the state office has a public walk in service; however, county offices may be closed some days of the week or hours during the day.

Certified copies of divorce decrees are only available in the county where the divorce was granted.

What are the hours of service at the state office?

The state office public counter is open Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. We recommend that you arrive here by 4:00 p.m. Please contact the county vital records office to find out their hours of operation.

Who can request a vital record?

Birth records are available to the person named on the certificate, parents shown on the birth record, authorized legal guardians or agents, grandparents, adult children, adult siblings, and spouses.

Death certificates are only issued to applicants having a direct and tangible interest, primarily family members or legal representatives of the family.

Please contact the state office regarding certified copies of fetal death certificates.

For what time period are vital records available?

At the state office, birth and death records are available from 1919 to the present, and marriage applications and licenses from 1952 to 1996. No divorce records are on file at the state office. However, an index of divorce events 1952 to present is available. Some counties may have older birth, death, marriage or divorce records in their files. County Vital Records Offices may be contacted directly.

How much does it cost to request a certified copy of a vital record?

Vital record requests generally cost $25.00 each. Please review the information for the type of certificate you are requesting for specific fee information.

Request a birth certificate from the ROVER web site.

Georgia Department of Public Health does not accept credit cards or online orders directly; however, we invite you to submit online orders through Rover (Request Official Vital Event Records) at rover.ga.gov.

Where can I find birth and death records for dates before 1919?

For birth records, you may submit a fee of $25 and have the records searched, as there are some birth records that are dated before 1919. There are no death records on file at the state before 1919. Some counties may have earlier death records. Please contact the county vital records office in the county the death occurred.

Can I look up Georgia births and deaths on the Internet?

At this time no indexes of Georgia births and deaths are available on the GDPH website. For more information about how to request a statewide search for a vital record see the birth certificate page or the death certificate page. Birth records of living people are confidential, but microfiche indexes of death, marriage and divorce information may be seen at the Georgia Archives Building (404-656-2393), and are available in some local libraries.

BIRTHS AND DEATHS

Where can I request a birth certificate?

Certified copies of birth records may be obtained from the state vital records Office, which has birth and death records for all 159 counties in Georgia, or the county vital records office in the county where the birth occurred. The state office and each county office has a public walk in service, however, county offices may be closed on some days of the week or some hours during the day. The state office public counter is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Directions are available by calling 404-679-4702 and online here.

For what time period are birth records available?

At the state office birth records were not filed and recorded until 1919. Some counties (Bibb Co., Chatham Co., Fulton Co., Richmond Co.) may have older birth records in their files. County vital records offices may be contacted directly.

How much does it cost to request a birth certificate?

A fee of $25 is required as payment for the search. If a record is found on file, one certified copy of that record will be issued at that time. If no record is found a certified copy of a “No Record Found Letter” will be issued.

If No birth record is found is the $25.00 fee refundable?

The search fee of $25.00 is non-refundable, additional fees over the amount of $25.00 may be refunded at the customer's request.

Are birth records for other states filed or issued by this office?

Only Georgia birth records are filed and issued by this office. To obtain a birth record for an applicant not born in Georgia you must contact the vital records office in the state of the applicant's birth. You may contact http://www.cdc.gov/ for addresses, telephone numbers and fees for other states.

Can a request for a birth record for person born in another state be made at Georgia vital records offices?

No, requests must be made directly to the vital records office in the state of the birth. You may contact http://www.cdc.gov/ for addresses, telephone numbers and fees for other states.

Will I be issued the original birth record?

No, a certified copy made of the original birth record will be issued to you.

My child was just born and I need a copy of their birth certificate right away.

Hospitals may take several weeks to complete and register a certificate of birth with the state office of vital records. You will need to write, or come to Vital Records, 2600 Skyland Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 to inquire about the registration of a recently born child's record of birth.

How can I make a correction to a birth certificate?

Obtain a certified copy of the birth certificate from the state vital records office. Circle all changes you wish to make, submit a written request to be provided instructions/procedures for the desired changes. An additional fee of $10 will be required to make the change. Request should be mailed to Changes Unit, Vital Records, 2600 Skyland Drive, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319. No information will be provided by telephone for instructions/procedures for change. A review of the record must be made to provide proper instructions/procedures for your individual certificate.

My family has told me that my birth certificate was never filed because I was delivered at home by a midwife. What should I do?

Anyone who needs a birth certificate, but is not sure if they have one on file should request a certified birth certificate in any of the usual ways, either in person, by mail, or over the phone using a credit card. If they are on file, we will issue a certified copy. If no record of the birth is on file, they will receive a certified statement of no record and further instructions. We cannot look up a record over the phone to see if it is on file or to see what is listed on the record.

How do I request a Certificate of Birth Resulting in a Stillbirth (CBRS)?

Only the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Office of Vital Records can issue a CBRS. A CBRS can be issued for an unintended, intrauterine fetal death after a gestational age of not less than 20 completed weeks, or of a fetus with a weight of 350 grams or more. 

To request a CBRS, send a letter to the Office of Vital Records stating the request for the document and include the following information:

  1. Mother’s first and last name and DOB
  2. Baby’s name (if given)
  3. Facility in which the event took place
  4. The number of copies requested

Only the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Office of Vital Records can issue a CBRS. Each copy of the CBRS is $10, which can be paid via certified check or money order made payable to Vital Records. Mail your request and check or money order to:

Vital Records

2600 Skyland Drive, NE

Atlanta, GA 30319

MARRIAGES AND DIVORCES

Where can I find marriage and divorce records for dates before 1952?

For marriage records before 1952 contact the Probate Court in the county where the license for marriage was purchased. To obtain information on any divorce records please contact the Clerk of Superior Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

How can I obtain a record of a marriage when the marriage occurred in Georgia after 1996 or before 1952? How can I obtain a record of a marriage directly from the county probate court rather than from the State of Georgia Vital Records Branch?

Copies of marriage licenses are available from the probate court in the county where the license was issued. Addresses and phone numbers of probate courts are available at http://www.sos.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/OfficialDirectoryIndex.asp . Select the name of the county in the box marked "County Directories" and click "Submit."

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What if I only have some of the information required to search for a vital record?

Please contact the Vital Records office directly at 404-679-4702 to determine if a search is feasible.

What do I do if the information on my vital record is incorrect?

Please contact the Changes Unit of the Vital Records office (404-679-4702) and ask for instructions for correcting a vital record.

I need legal proof that a certain person is the father of my child. How can I get a copy of the paternity acknowledgement he signed?

Under Georgia law, a court order is required before a copy of a paternity acknowledgement can be issued.

How can I get an apostille copy or an exemplified copy of a birth certificate, a marriage, or some other record?

There are two separate steps required to obtain an apostille copy or an exemplified copy of a Georgia vital record:

First, obtain a certified copy of the record using any of the usual procedures (see birth and death certificate pages), but state that you need a copy with an "original pen-in-hand signature." You will be charged the usual fee for the certified copy, but there is no additional charge for a copy with an original signature. We must know at the time you request the certified copy that you need to obtain an apostille copy or an exemplified copy. It is helpful to include the name of the foreign government that will be using the document.

Then, after you have received a certified copy with an original signature, deliver that copy to the appropriate agency along with the current fee. For current information about the fee and location to obtain apostille copies, you may call the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Authority at 404-327-6023 or visit http://www.gsccca.org/Projects/apost.asp . For information about exemplified copies (Great Seal certification), call the Georgia Secretary of State Election Division at 404-656-2852 or visit http://www.sos.state.ga.us/elections/commissions/default.htm . These two agencies are not affiliated with the State of Georgia Vital Records Service.

I'm adopted, how can I find my natural parents?

Adoption Records are sealed and not available. To locate your natural parents contact the State Adoption Unit at (404) 657-3550, or for information concerning sealed records contact the Changes Unit of Vital Records at 404-679-4702.

How can I obtain the phone number for the clerk of superior court?

Addresses and phone numbers of clerks of superior court are available at http://www.sos.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/OfficialDirectoryIndex.asp . Select the name of the county in the box marked "County Directories" and click "Submit."

What are the most popular baby names in Georgia?

To view the most popular baby names in Georgia in 2012, visit the Office of Social Security website and search by Georgia.