Getting a Copy of Your Birth Certificate says Carol

report stacks 150x150 Getting a Copy of Your Birth Certificate says Carol

Do you need a copy of your birth certificate for a passport, to apply for a job, purchase insurance or other reasons? Where do you begin?

Don’t be pulled into a scam. There are some sites that will charge a fee for what you think is a purchase of your birth certificate. After you pay, you learn it’s just a finder’s fee for a website where you can actually purchase a birth certificate, such as www.vitalchek.com.

Also, don’t be caught by a phishing scam. The site pretends to be a legitimate one, such as a government site, when in reality it is a fraudulent site designed to get information to steal your identity.

To get a Colorado birth certificate, I visited the Colorado State Vital Records website. On the site it states the Colorado State Vital Records office does not accept credit cards or online orders. They have partnered with VitalChek to provide an online service. VitalChek does charge a fee for this service and accepts all major credit cards.

VitalChek also provides death certificates. They are a BBB Accredited Business.

If you have time and want to write the state for your birth certificate, visit the “Where to Write for Vital Records” page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. This site will tell you where to send a check and for how much. You will save some money this way. A Colorado birth certificate is $17.75 with this option. Through VitalChek it is $20.00 plus a $7 VitalChek fee and a $5.50 agency expedite fee.

Where do you start if you weren’t born in Colorado? Rules, ordering instructions, and fees for all states, the District of Columbia and all US possessions can be found on the “Where to Write for Vital Records” webpage. Select the state where the birth certificate was issued. Each state has its own set of rules and fees for ordering the certificates. The federal government does not issue birth certificates.

A certified copy of a birth certificate has a registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office, which must be within one year of the person’s date of birth.

Have you had any problems obtaining your birth certificate?

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About Carol Odell

Carol J. Odell, is the CEO of the Better Business of Southern Colorado and has been with the BBB for twenty years. Even before her BBB life she was involved in the community as a volunteer and co-owner of a manufacturing business. She is a published author, speaker, wife, mother, and grandmother --- and enjoys all of these roles.