How can I get a copy of my mother's birth certificate?

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How can I get a copy of my mother's birth certificate?
Mothers' birth certificates are easily obtainable. (C Squared Studios/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Birth certificates reveal important information about a person's life. It states the place and date of birth, birth name, and the names of the parents. Obtaining a copy of your mother's birth certificate, deceased or living, is possible in any state. Although most states require proof of relationship, anyone in your mother's immediate family can obtain a certified copy. It is possible to receive a copy of the certificate by mail, but applying in person reduces the waiting time, since many states issue birth certificates the same day.

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Instructions

    In Person

  1. 1

    Go to the vital records department in the state your mother was born. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website lists the locations for each state's vital records department.

  2. 2

    Fill out a birth certificate request form. You must provide information about your mother such as birth name, birthday, place of birth and her parents' birth names.

  3. 3

    Show proof that you are a member of her immediate family. Depending on your state, a copy of your birth certificate or a valid I.D. may be sufficient.

  4. 4

    Pay the searching and printing fees. The price varies by state, and the state may not accept debit or credit cards as form of payment.

  5. 5

    Receive a copy of the birth certificate. Most states can have the certificate printed within a few hours.

    By Mail

  1. 1

    Locate the vital records department in the state your mother was born. You can find this information by searching the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

  2. 2

    Print and fill out the birth certificate request form. If required, sign the form in front of a notary.

  3. 3

    Furnish proof that you are a member of your mother's immediate family. You may choose to provide a copy of your birth certificate or a valid I.D.

  4. 4

    Mail the application, form of payment and your proof of identification to the state's department of vital records.

Tips and warnings

  • State policies for obtaining birth records differ. Refer to the instructions on the application form before completing the process.
  • It may take up to six weeks to receive a copy of your mother's birth certificate if you apply through the mail.

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