In the state of Colorado, you can order replacement birth certificates from the Vital Records Section of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There are a variety of ways to order and each varies in convenience and turnaround time. You can order birth certificates online, by phone, via postal service or by walk-in.
Ordering Online Replacement Birth Certificates in Colorado
The fastest and probably most convenient method of ordering a replacement for your birth certificate is by ordering it online. The Colorado State Vital Records office has partnered with VitalChek Network, Inc., an industry leading company who specializes in the secure processing of vital records orders.
The online ordering process is very straight forward. First, ensure that you have the proper proof of identification. This can be your driver’s license or passport and you can find the full list of acceptable forms of identification at http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/certs/documentation.html. If, for whatever reason, you cannot order the certificate yourself it is possible to have a family member order one for you. This person can be a spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, or adult child but they will be required to provide proof of their relationship to you (such as a birth certificate or marriage certificate).
The second step is simply to go to the VitalCheck homepage, located at www.vitalchek.com, click on the “Place an Order” tab in the upper-right portion of the screen and follow the prompts step-by-step.
The Colorado State Vital Records office charges $17.75 for the first copy of your birth certificate and $10.00 for every copy thereafter. VitalCheck charges an additional $9.00 processing fee. You can also get your certificate with expedited shipping via UPS Air for $19.00 extra. Accepted payments are Visa (debit or credit), Mastercard (debit or credit), American Express, Discover and in some situations, electronic checks.
Ordering Replacement Birth Certificate by Phone in Colorado
VitalChek, Inc. also handles the phone order processing for the Colorado State Vital Records office. They take orders by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-300-8540. The proof of identification requirements are the same and can be mailed or faxed in. The fees are also the same, with one addition…you will be assessed an additional surcharge for the use of a credit card when ordering by phone.
Ordering Birth Records by Mail
If you do not need your replacement birth certificate quickly or want to avoid additional fees that might be incurred using the VitalChek service, you can always place an order my mail. The process is simple and you can save a little money by forgoing VitalChek’s processing fees. Just go to the Colorado State Vital Records website, located at http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/, download the applicable online form and mail it in with proof of your identification and a check or money order.
Ordering In Person Replacement Birth Certificates Colorado
Perhaps the most inconvenient, but also the quickest, way to get your birth certificate is to drive to the local county Vital Records office that issued your original and order your certified copy in person. Of course, this only works if you live or commute close enough to do so.
All of these ordering methods are safe and vary in turnaround time. How you receive one and whether or not you are willing to pay a little extra are completely up to you. If you live close to the county office that issued your original, then an hour or two out of your day might be worth the drive. You’ll save a little money in surcharges, too! But if you live further away or if convenience if of primary cocern to you then ordering online or by phone might make more sense for your situation. Whatever the reason, and whatever ordering option you choose, ensure that you have the proper documentation before you order. Visit http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ for more information.