Needing a new birth certificate often signifies an exciting change in your life, whether the time has come to register your kids for school, get married or leave the country and get your first passport. While simple, filing for a new birth certificate can feel like another time-consuming task to add to your already busy schedule. To make things easy for you, we’ve outlined the three different ways to request a new birth certificate in Georgia, complete with required information, fees and directions.
1. Send in the Birth Certificate Request Form by mail. If you’ve planned ahead and aren't on an urgent time frame, request your replacement birth certificate by mail. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your completed request form.
- A photocopy of your driver’s license or other valid photo ID.
- A certified money order or check to cover the search fee for the original replacement birth certificate. The check must be made out to Vital Records Services. Additional copies can be ordered for additional money. If you are applying for children younger than 18, include your ID as the parent, grandparent or legal guardian.
Mail these items to:
State Vital Records Office
2600 Skyland Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
2. Visit the Vital Records Office. If you need your replacement birth certificate ASAP, you can visit the Georgia state Vital Records Office or the vital records office in the county of your birth. Although you will most likely have to wait in line, there is a chance you’ll be able to receive your new birth certificate on the same day.
Be sure to bring the following with you:
- Your completed birth certificate request form.
- A photocopy of your driver’s license or other valid photo ID. (Note: A photo ID is not necessary for your children, but you will be required to provide one as their guardian.)
- In the Vital Records Office, payment must be made via a certified check or money order made payable to Vital Records. There is a search fee for the original replacement birth certificate and additional copies can be ordered for an additional fee.
3. Apply for a new birth certificate online through ROVER. Through Georgia’s ROVER (Request Official Vital Events Records) system, you can request your replacement birth certificate online without a trip to the post office or waiting in line at a state office.
Although ordering online is even easier than mailing in your request, there is an extra cost. There is a separate processing fee with each online request, along with the search fee. Before your order can be processed and shipped, you must print and email the transaction confirmation page at the end of the order to DPH-ROVER@dph.ga.gov, along with valid proof of identification. Most orders take two to four weeks to be shipped, but you can request an expedited record for an additional fee. These orders usually take about five days to ship.
Birth certificates can be ordered through ROVER by:
- the person whose name appears on the birth certificate as the registrant
- adult children
- adult siblings
- legal guardians