Birth Certificate Eligibility

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Click on your description below for more information about your eligibility to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate.

The registrant is eligible to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The registrant is over 18 years of age.
  • The registrant submits a signed application
  • The registrant provides valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
  • The registrant submits the appropriate fee(s).

If the registrant is less than 18 years of age, documentation that the registrant is emancipated, according to A.R.S. Title 12, chapter 15, or married is required (i.e. a certified court order documenting the registrant has been emancipated or a marriage certificate proving the registrant is married.)



Parents of a child are eligible to receive a certified copy of a birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The parent is named on the birth certificate.
  • If the parent is not listed on the birth certificate, either:
    • A certified copy of a court order of adoption or certificate of adoption for the registrant that names the applicant as the registrant's parent.
    • A certified copy of a court order that names the applicant as the registrant's parent.
  • The parent submits a signed application.
  • The parent provides valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
  • The parent submits the appropriate fee(s).


The spouse of a registrant is eligible to receive a certified copy of his/her spouse's birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The spouse provides a notarized letter of permission signed by the registrant. If the letter is not notarized, a copy of the registrant's valid government issued identification must be presented along with the letter.
  • The spouse/applicant provides a copy of the marriage certificate for the registrant and spouse.
  • The spouse submits a signed application.
  • The spouse submits valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
  • The spouse submits the appropriate fee(s).


The grandparent of a registrant is eligible to receive a certified copy of his/her grandchild's birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The grandparent must provide;
    • The birth certificate of their child, the parent who is named on the registrant's birth certificate or
    • If the grandparent's child (mother or father named on the registrant's certificate) was born in Arizona, provide the name and date of birth of that child for verification in the Bureau of Vital Records’ Electronic Birth Registry System.
    • The grandparent submits a signed application.
    • The grandparent submits valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
    • The grandparent submits the appropriate fee(s).


The adult child of a registrant is eligible to receive a certified copy of his/her parent's birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The adult child must be at least 18 years of age.
  • The adult child must:
    • Produce a copy of his/her birth certificate which names the registrant as the parent of the applicant or
    • If the adult child was born in Arizona.
    • The adult child submits a signed application.
    • The adult child submits valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
    • The adult child submits the appropriate fee(s).


The adult grandchild of a registrant is eligible to receive a certified copy of his/her parent's birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The adult grandchild must be at least 18 years of age.
  • The adult grandchild must:
    • Submit a copy of his/her birth certificate which names the registrant's child as the parent of the grandchild.
    • The grandchild shall submit a copy of his/her parent's birth/death certificate that links the grandchild to the registrant.
    • If the births/deaths occurred in Arizona, a search can be completed in the applicable electronic registry system to verify the birth/death records.
    • The adult grandchild submits a signed birth application.
    • The adult grandchild submits valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
    • The adult grandchild submits the appropriate fee(s).


The adult brother or sister of a registrant is eligible to receive a certified copy of his/her sibling's birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The adult brother or sister must be at least 18 years of age.
  • The adult brother or sister must:
    • Produce a copy of his/her birth certificate which shows at least one common parent shared by the applicant and registrant or
    • If the adult brother or sister child was born in Arizona, provide the name and date of birth of the adult brother or sister's for verification in the Bureau of Vital Records’ Electronic Birth Registry System to confirm at least one common parent is shared by the applicant and the registrant.
    • The adult brother/sister submits a signed application.
    • The adult brother/sister submits valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
    • The adult brother/sister submits appropriate fee(s).


The guardian is eligible to receive a certified copy of his/her birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The guardian must:
    • Provide a copy of the Order for Permanent Guardianship of the registrant or
    • Provide a copy of the Order for Temporary Guardianship of the registrant. Note: The application must be filed within the time frame of the temporary order
    • The guardian submits a signed application.
    • The guardian submits valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
    • The guardian submits the appropriate fee(s).


A person designated in a power of attorney, established by the individual’s parent or guardian according to A.R.S. §§ 14-5104 or 14-5107 is eligible to receive a certified copy of the birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • A copy of the power of attorney document
    • A power of attorney granted by a parent or guardian of a minor or incapacitated person, according to A.R.S.  §14-5104 is valid 6 months from the date the power of attorney document is signed or notarized.
    • A power of attorney granted by a military member who is a parent or guardian of a minor child or ward, according to A.R.S. §14-5107 is valid for (12 months) from the date the power of attorney documents are signed or notarized.
  • The person designated in the power of attorney submits a signed application.
  • The person designated in the power of attorney provides valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
  • The person designated in the power of attorney submits the appropriate fee(s).


The person appointed as the registrant's conservator is eligible to receive a certified copy of the registrant's birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The conservator must:
    • Provide a certified copy of the court order establishing conservatorship.
    • Submit a signed application.
    • Submit a valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
    • Submit the appropriate fee(s).


A person named in a court order to receive a certified copy of a birth certificate is eligible to receive a certified copy of the registrant's birth certificate if the following criteria are met:

  • The person named in the court order must:
    • Provide a certified copy of the court order.
    • Submit a signed application.
    • Submit a valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
    • Submit the appropriate fee(s).


The attorney of the registrant, registrant's parent or guardian is eligible to receive a certified copy of the registrant's birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The attorney must submit:
    • A completed, signed application or a letter of request on his/her letterhead stating their professional relationship to the registrant or registrant's parent or guardian if the registrant is a minor. The letter must contain the following information:
      • The attorney's name and state bar number
      • Contact information for the attorney (telephone number or an e-mail address)
      • Name of the person the attorney is representing
      • The person's relationship to the registrant
      • The registrant's name.
      • The registrant's sex
      • The registrant's date of birth
      • The name of the registrant's mother prior to first marriage
      • If known, the:
        • State file number on the birth certificate
        • Town/city of the registrant's birth
        • County of the registrant's birth
        • Hospital where the registrant was born, if applicable
        • Name of the registrant's father, if applicable; and
        • Dates of birth of the registrant's parents.
    • The number of certified copies of the registrant's birth certificate being requested
    • Arizona Administrative Code R9-19-211(E) states the request, must be notarized or the applicant shall submit a photocopy of a valid government-issued identification.
    • The attorney must provide documentation stating the attorney has been retained by the registrant, parent or guardian.
    • If applicable, a certified copy of the applicable court order (i.e. court order of adoption, certificate of adoption, etc). for the parent that proves parentage if the parent is not listed on the registrant's birth certificate. If the attorney is representing the guardian, a court order of guardianship must be submitted.
    • The attorney submits appropriate fee(s).


Adoption agencies representing the adoptive or biological parents of a registrant are eligible for a certified copy of the registrant's birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The adoption agency must provide:
    • A completed, signed application or a letter of request on his/her letterhead stating their professional relationship to the biological or adoptive parents. The letter must contain the following information:
      • The name, license number and address of the adoption agency
      • The name and contact information for the adoption agency's designee (telephone number or an e-mail address)
      • Name of the person the attorney is representing
      • The person's relationship to the registrant
      • The registrant's name.
      • The registrant's sex
      • The registrant's date of birth
      • The name of the registrant's mother prior to first marriage
      • If known, the:
        • State file number on the birth certificate
        • Town/city of the registrant's birth
        • County of the registrant's birth
        • Hospital where the registrant was born, if applicable
        • Name of the registrant's father, if applicable; and
        • Dates of birth of the registrant's parents.
      • The number of certified copies of the registrant's birth certificate being requested.
    • The application or letter must contain a notarized signature, or a signature along with a photocopy of the signer's valid government issued photo identification.
    • A copy of the petition to adopt that includes the names of the registrant and the registrant's biological parents or adoptive parents and that has been filed with a court.
    • If not included in the petition, a copy of a document stating the adoption agency is representing the biological parents or adoptive parents.
    • The adoption agency submits the appropriate fee(s).

Note: If the court records are not available, the adoption agency can have the birth parent complete the Bureau of Vital Records' birth application and instruct the parent to enter the adoption agency's name and address on the application in the mailing address field. A copy of the parent's valid government issued picture identification must be included with application or the parent must sign the application in the presence of a notary. The application must be signed by the birth parent.



The attorney representing the adoptive parent(s) in an adoption proceeding is eligible to receive a certified copy of the registrant's birth pre-adoption birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The attorney must submit an application or letter of request on his/her letterhead stating their professional relationship to the adoptive parent(s), signed by the attorney. The letter must contain the following:
  • The attorney's name and state bar number
  • Contact information for the attorney (telephone number or an e-mail address)
  • Name of the person the attorney is representing
  • The person's relationship to the registrant
  • The registrant's name.
  • The registrant's sex
  • The registrant's date of birth
  • The name of the registrant's mother prior to first marriage
  • If known, the:
    • State file number on the birth certificate
    • Town/city of the registrant's birth
    • County of the registrant's birth
    • Hospital where the registrant was born, if applicable
    • Name of the registrant's father, if applicable; and
    • Dates of birth of the registrant's parents.
  • The number of certified copies of the registrant's birth certificate being requested.
  • Arizona Administrative Code R9-19-211(E) states the request, must be notarized or the applicant shall submit a photocopy of a valid government-issued identification.
  • The attorney must provide documentation stating the attorney has been retained by the adoptive parents.
  • A copy of the petition to adopt that includes the names of the registrant and the registrant's adoptive parents that has been filed with a court.
  • If the court records are not available, the attorney can have the birth parent complete the Bureau of Vital Records' birth application and instruct the parent to enter the attorney's name and address on the application in the mailing address field. A copy of the parent's valid government issued picture identification must be included with application or the parent must sign the application in the presence of a notary. The application must be signed by the birth parent.
  • The attorney submits appropriate fee(s).


Note: All birth certificates issued to any government agencies or entities shall be either printed or stamped “For Government Use Only” across the face of the certificate, including those charged a fee.

A governmental agency processing an adoption, a financial claim, a governmental application, or another form of compensation on behalf of an individual, or having another official purpose for a certified copy of the individual’s certificate of birth registration may request a certified copy of the individual’s certificate of birth registration by submitting to the State Registrar or a local registrar:

  • A completed, signed application or a letter of request on the governmental agency’s letterhead, that includes the following:
    • The governmental agency’s name and address
    • Contact information for the governmental agency (telephone number or an e-mail address)
    • The registrant’s name
    • The registrant’s sex
    • The registrant’s date of birth
    • The name of the registrant’s mother prior to first marriage
    • If known, the:
      • State file number on the birth certificate
      • Town/city of the registrant’s birth
      • County of the registrant’s birth
      • Hospital where the registrant was born, if applicable
      • Name of the registrant’s father, if applicable; and
      • Dates of birth of the registrant’s parents
    • A description of the:
      • Action the governmental agency is taking on behalf of the individual, or
      • The official purpose for which the government agency needs a birth certificate
    • The reason the governmental agency is requesting a certified copy of the registrant’s certificate of birth registration, and
    • The dated signature of the governmental agency’s designee, accompanied by:
  • A copy of the designee’s identification badge from the governmental agency verifying the designee is an employee of the governmental agency
  • The governmental agency submits appropriate fee(s), unless the governmental agency is an exempt agency.

Click on your description below for more information about your eligibility to obtain a noncertified copy of a birth certificate.

A person who is a family member, including a niece or nephew, of a registrant, who is conducting research for genealogical purposes may request a noncertified copy of the registrant’s birth certificate if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The applicant is at least 18 years of age.
  • Documentation demonstrating the applicant's relationship to the registrant whose record they are requesting (i.e. one or more birth certificates, death certificates or a marriage certificate that show the person's relationship to the registrant).
  • For births or deaths in Arizona, provide information about the person or related person whose birth or death was registered in Arizona to assist in locating the registered records of the related person(s) in the applicable electronic registry system.
  • Non-acceptable types of documentation to establish relationship:
    • Pedigrees, Lineage charts, Family trees.
  • The applicant submits a signed application.
  • The applicant provides valid, government-issued identification which contains the applicant’s name and signature or notarized signature on the application.
  • The applicant submits the appropriate fee for each noncertified copy requested.

Note: The genealogist may obtain a copy of a birth certificate or death certificate on the Arizona Department of Health Services’ website http://genealogy.az.gov/ for registered birth certificates that are seventy-five (75) years after the person’s birth or a registered death certificate that is fifty years (50) after the person’s death.



If you're a government agency, please call 602-506-6805 for more information.

Next...Apply for the Certified Copies

  • Complete and sign the Application
  • Make a photocopy (Front and Back) of your current, valid, signed, photo ID
  • Attach or photocopy any factual documentation or additional forms required
  • Pay the appropriate Fee

Note: All documents submitted will be reviewed and verified prior to fulfillment of the request.