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.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Receive a copy of the birth certificate. Most states can have the certificate printed within a few hours.
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.
Print and fill out the birth certificate request form. If required, sign the form in front of a notary.
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.
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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