Birth Certificates

(Only for births occurring in Nebraska since 1904)

A legal copy of a birth certificate cannot be issued without PDF proper purpose. You may obtain a birth certificate for yourself, your spouse, your parent, or your child.

Be sure that you meet the above proper purpose before applying for a copy of a birth certificate. The fee for the search will be kept if no record is found or the right person has not asked for the record. You will be notified in writing if no record is found or the proper purpose has not been met.

Internet applications for a birth certificate  (Applications may be charged to a Visa or MasterCard). The person making the application must fax an enlarged and readable photocopy of their current government issued photo identification, i.e. current driver's license, to 402-742-2385 or attach the current government issued photo id to an email and send to . It takes 7 to 10 working days to process the application.

The "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth" Application must be applied for by mail or walk-in, not through the Internet or VitalChek.

Genealogy applications must be applied for by mail or walk-in, not through the Internet or VitalChek.

To get a birth certificate by mail, send a $17.00 check or money order made out to "Vital Records" (no credit cards) and send the following information:

  • Child’s full name on record. If adopted, list adoptive name and state "adopted".
  • Month/day/year of birth
  • City or town of birth/County of birth
  • Father’s full name, if adopted, list adoptive father’s name.
  • Mother’s full maiden name, if adopted, list adoptive mother’s maiden name.
  • Why record is needed?
  • If not your record, how are you related?
  • A photocopy of the current government-issued photo id of the person making the application, i.e. current driver's license


PDF Birth Certificate Application

PDF Application for Amendment application with instructions If adding the father to the birth certificate, please contact this office for instructions and the proper form. (402) 471-0918 or fax questions to (402) 742-8332.

PDF Request for Access to Birth Information (prior to September 01,1988)

PDF Request for Access to Birth Information (after September 01,1988)


Mail to:
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Public Health
Vital Records
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

If you have any questions, contact:
Phone: (402) 471-2871


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