Order official Kentucky Birth Certificates and Vital Records online

A birth certificate is a crucial document that serves as proof of identity and citizenship. It is essential for various significant activities such as enrolling in school, applying for a driver's license, obtaining a passport, and verifying eligibility for government benefits. This guide will walk you through the process of obtaining a Kentucky birth certificate, providing details on eligibility, required documents, application methods, costs, and processing times.

Who Can Request a Birth Certificate?

In Kentucky, a restricted number of people can request a birth certificate. These include:

  • • The person named on the certificate (if 18 years or older);
  • • Parents listed on the certificate;
  • • Legal guardian or legal representative;
  • • Immediate family members such as siblings, grandparents, or children (with proof of relationship).

What Documents Are Required?

When applying for a Kentucky birth certificate, you must provide the following documents:

  • • A completed application form;
  • • A valid government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license, state ID, or passport);
  • • Proof of relationship, if required;
  • • Payment for the application fee.

For detailed instructions on how to complete the application form and to download it, visit the Kentucky Department for Public Health website.

How to Obtain a Kentucky Birth Certificate

There are several ways to request a Kentucky birth certificate:

By Mail

To request by mail:

  • • Complete the application form;
  • • Include a photocopy of your valid photo ID;
  • • Attach the payment (check or money order) made out to the Kentucky State Treasurer;
  • • Mail these documents to the Office of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 150, Frankfort, KY 40602-0150.

In Person

You can apply in person at the Office of Vital Statistics in Frankfort, Kentucky:

  • • Bring the completed application form;
  • • Present valid photo ID;
  • • Provide payment (cash, check, or money order).


For an expedited process, you can order online through VitalChek. This service provides a convenient and secure way to request a birth certificate with options for expedited delivery.

How Much Does a Birth Certificate Cost?

The cost for obtaining a Kentucky birth certificate is $10 per copy. If you require additional copies, each one will also cost $10. Expedited services, available through VitalChek, may incur additional fees.

Processing Time

Processing times can vary based on the method of application:

  • By Mail: Typically processed within 30 working days.
  • In Person: Same-day service is often available.
  • Online: Orders are usually processed within 3-5 business days with expedited shipping options available.

For the most current processing times, it is advisable to check directly with the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure a smooth and efficient process for obtaining your Kentucky birth certificate. If you have specific questions or need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Kentucky Department for Public Health for more information.

Office of Vital Statistics - Department for Public Health

Address275 East Main Street 1E-A, Frankfort, KY 40621-0001
Phone number(502) 564- 4212