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Obtaining Records In-Person, by Mail or Online
Individuals can order in person at any of three locations around the state. All locations are open for customer service Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except on holidays.
GoCertificates can be reached through its website by clicking the link above or going to www.GoCertificates.com. An additional fee is charged by GoCertificates.com, Inc. for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.
VitalChek can be reached either through its website, www.vitalchek.com, or by phone at 1-877-888-0248. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek Network, Inc. for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.
The Office of Vital Statistics encourages individuals to mail in requests for vital records certificates. Complete the appropriate form and mail it to the Office of Vital Statistics located in the Jesse S. Cooper Building in Dover (see address on the form)
Legal requests from authorized representatives must use the OVS legal template, be on official letterhead, and state the purpose of the request. If the applicant is an authorized representative of a client other than the registrant, the applicant must explain how the vital record will be used, demonstrate the client’s relationship to the registrant (e.g., attach documents that show a relationship such as birth or marriage certificates, Register of Wills Short Certificate/Form 6, and/or court order), and state the law/regulation(s) that makes the applicant eligible to receive the requested vital record.
Baby’s Background, a sister company of GoCertificates.com, Inc. was created to allow parents to answer post-birth hospital questions at their convenience, rather than directly after birth, while also offering the option to pre-order birth certificates. Otherwise, birth certificates and related documents can be ordered for yourself, your child, or for qualifying family members. Baby’s Background can be accessed by clicking the link above or by going to www.babysbackground.com.
Several years ago, this office began issuing heirloom birth certificates. The heirloom birth certificates are printed on specially designed security papers.
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