The state of Kentucky offers a variety of ways to obtain a Kentucky replacement birth certificate. They are issued from the state’s Office of Vital Statistics and can be ordered by postal service, telephone, online or just by walking in. Kentucky charges a non-refundable, flat-rate charge of $10.00 per copy for processing a replacement birth certificate and some additional charges may apply depending on which ordering options you choose.
Ordering Replacement Birth Certificate Through the Mail
To receive a replacement birth certificate via postal service, go to the Office of Vital Statistics webpage, located at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/birthcert.htm, click on the “Download Birth Certificate Application” link, and download the application. The application is in PDF format, so you will need to have Adobe Reader installed to view it. Follow the directions on the application and mail it in with a check or money order for the appropriate amount. There is a 30 day turnaround period for all mail orders.
Order Kentucky Birth Certificate Online
Online orders are processed through Kentucky’s authorized vendor: VitalChek, Inc. VitalChek is an industry leader in providing vital records processing solutions. To order your replacement birth certificate online go to http://www.vitalchek.com/kentucky-express-birth-certificates.asp, click the “Continue” button and follow the step-by-step instructions. You will pay a VitalCheck processing fee of $8.00 in addition to the state’s fee. If time is of the essence you may also want to take advantage of the option to ship your certificate via UPS Next Day Air, but there is an additional charge of $17.50 for this service. According to the VitalCheck website, the current average certificate processing time is 3-5 business days before shipment.
Ordering Relpacement Birth Certificate Kentucky By Phone
VitalCheck also handles phone orders for the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics. Phone orders are fairly straightforward. Simply call 1-800-241-8322 and choose option 1. You can pay with either a check or major credit card, but be prepared to pay an additional fee if you use your charge card. As with online orders, VitalCheck offers overnight shipping but it will cost you an additional $17.50.
Order at the Desk
Of course, you can always drive to the Vital Statics Office…IF you live close enough to do so! Their address is275 East Main Street 1E-A, Frankfort, KY
This may not be a viable option for you, but it a good option nonetheless. The best things about ordering in person are that you will get your certificate on the same day in most cases and will only have to pay the state’s $10.00 processing fee.
One final thing to keep in mind is that, regardless of which ordering method you use, you will be required to provide proof of your identification. You will also need to have some specific pieces of information available such as: your full name at birth (or the full name of the person for whom you are ordering a birth certificate), the father’s name and mother’s maiden name, what county you were born in, your birth date and more.
Check out the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics website at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/birthcert.htm for more information.