How to Get a New Birth Certificate in Georgia

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Needing a new birth certificate often signifies an exciting change in your life, whether it's time to register your kids for school, get married or travel outside the country and get your first passport. While the process is 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 in order from the quickest to slowest turnaround time.

Visit the Vital Records Office

Turnaround: same day (in most cases).

If you need your replacement birth certificate as soon as possible, 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 or legal representative.)
  • In the Vital Records Office, payment of $25 must be made via a certified check or money order made payable to Vital Records, which covers the search fee for the original replacement birth certificate. Additional copies can be ordered for a fee ($10 for two copies).

    Apply for a New Birth Certificate Online Through ROVER

    Turnaround time: 2-4 weeks; five business days for expedited orders

    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 additional $8 processing fee on top of the standard $25 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 of $10. These orders usually take about five business days to ship.

    Birth certificates can be ordered through ROVER by:

    • The person whose name appears on the birth certificate as the registrant
    • Parents
    • Grandparents
    • Adult children
    • Adult siblings
    • Legal guardians

    Send in the Birth Certificate Request Form by Mail

    Time frame: 8-10 weeks.

    If you don't need the birth certificate immediately, you can request a replacement birth certificate by mail.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Your completed birth certificate request form.
    • A photocopy of your driver’s license or other valid photo ID.
    • A certified money order or check for $25 to cover the search fee for the original replacement birth certificate. The check must be made out to Vital Records Services. You can order two additional copies for $10. 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.