Order official Nebraska Birth Certificates and Vital Records online

A birth certificate is a critical document that serves as a foundational proof of identity. It is essential for a wide range of purposes, including applying for a passport, enrolling in school, obtaining a driver's license, or accessing government services. For Nebraskans, understanding the process of obtaining a birth certificate ensures that they can handle personal and legal matters smoothly and efficiently.

Who Can Request a Birth Certificate?

In Nebraska, birth certificates can be requested by specific individuals. Those eligible include:

  • • The individual named on the birth certificate;
  • • Parents of the individual named on the certificate;
  • • Legal guardians or representatives with appropriate documentation;
  • • Individuals with a notarized release form signed by the person named on the record or their parents.

What Documents Are Required?

To obtain a Nebraska birth certificate, you will need to provide certain documents. These typically include:

  • • A completed application form, which can be downloaded from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website;
  • • A valid government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver's license, state ID, passport);
  • • If applicable, additional documentation proving legal guardianship or authority.

How to Obtain a Nebraska Birth Certificate

There are several methods for obtaining a birth certificate in Nebraska:

By Mail

You can mail a completed application form along with the required documents and payment to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Ensure all details are accurate to avoid delays. Mail your request to:

DHHS, Division of Public Health
Vital Records, P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

In Person

Visit the Vital Records Office with your completed application and required documents. The office is located at:

Gold’s Building
1033 O Street, Suite 130
Lincoln, NE 68508

This method may grant you immediate access to your birth certificate.


For a more convenient and faster process, you can request a birth certificate online through VitalChek. Follow the straightforward prompts to complete your application.

Tips for a Smooth Application Process

  • • Double-check that all information on your application is correct;
  • • Include all necessary documents within your request;
  • • Follow the specific instructions for the application method you choose.

How Much Does a Birth Certificate Cost?

The cost of obtaining a Nebraska birth certificate is $17 per copy. If you require expedited service, an additional fee may apply, especially for online orders placed through VitalChek.

Processing Time

The processing time varies depending on the method of application:

  • By Mail: Typically takes 7-10 business days;
  • In Person: Immediate, provided all documents are in order;
  • Online: Processed within 3-5 business days, with expedited options potentially reducing this time frame.

By following these guidelines carefully, you can ensure a smooth process in obtaining your Nebraska birth certificate. For any specific questions or additional help, feel free to reach out directly to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Nebraska Vital Records

AddressP.O. Box 95065, Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
Phone number(402) 471-2871