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  • Birth/Death Certificates (Vital Records)

    The Pima County Office of Vital Records issues certified certificates for:

    • Arizona DEATHS from February 1, 2008 to the present.
    • Arizona BIRTHS from January 1, 1950 to the present.
    'AS IS' certificates:
    Electronic versions of Arizona Birth Certificates for the years 1950-1988 may contain partial information from what was documented on the original paper certificate. This electronic version is 100% legal and is accepted for school registrations, driver’s license, state I.D.’s, benefits enrollment and for most court order requests and filings. You have the option to purchase a certified copy of this electronic record and will be asked to acknowledge this choice on the application. The State of Arizona began electronically imaging certain fields contained on the original paper record when the birth registry was automated in the late 1980’s. Capturing the complete record and making it available for purchase is an ongoing project. If you are applying for a U.S. Passport or wish to have a certified copy of the original paper certificate, you may also apply to the State Office of Vital Records and purchase a copy of the original record.

    If you need a birth certificate for a passport or for dual citizenship/immigration purposes, see our Frequently Asked Questions. The Pima County Office of Vital Records DOES NOT issue certificates for the following:

     


    Confidentiality Notice: Arizona is not an open record state. Birth and deaths are confidential.

    Obtaining a Birth or Death Certificate

    Vital Records Office
    (520) 243-7932
    Email: vital@pima.gov

    Hours of Operation
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Corrections, Court Orders and Paternities are completed by appointment. 

    Birth Certificate Application Form

    Death Certificate Application Form

    In PERSON:

    1. Applicant must provide a valid ID (see identification requirements).
    2. Check proof of eligibility to see if additional documents are required.
    3. Bring the appropriate fee ($20 each)
    4. When you come in, take a number in the lobby and fill out an application form available by each customer service window. You may wait for a couple of hours during our busiest times such as the back-to-school summer season or lunch time. Please plan accordingly.

    By MAIL:

    1. Pick up an application form at our office or print a form out from the internet.
    2. Please provide a valid notary signature and seal on the application form OR a copy of applicant's valid ID (see identification requirements).
    3. Check proof of eligibility to see if you need to mail any additional documents.
    4. Mail the appropriate fee. Please allow 1-2 weeks from the time you mail your application

    Where to write for out of state certificates.

    ONLINE and EXPEDITED ORDERS:

    VitalChek is your direct connection to order certified copies of Arizona vital records (with government seal) for your immediate family - order online and receive them by express mail. VitalChek is an independent vendor and not a program of the Pima County Health Department. To obtain information and instructions for ordering Arizona vital records on VitalChek: Visit the Arizona VitalChek website.

    If applying IN PERSON, applicant must show one of the valid, government-issued, photo IDs listed below. If applying BY MAIL or ONLINE through VitalChek, submit a valid, notarized signature on your application or a copy of one of the valid, government-issued, photo IDs listed below.

    Valid Government Issued Identification with Picture and Signature:

    • United States issued Drivers License or Identification Card
    • United States Territories Drivers License or Identification Card
    • United States Military Identification Card that contains bearer's signature (some do not)
    • Tribal Identification that contains bearer's signature
    • Passports – United States or Foreign issued
    • Visa – In a passport and the bearer's signature is on the passport not the Visa
    • Permanent Resident Card issued on or after May 11, 2010 which includes a signature
    • Resident Alien Card (Form I-551)
    • Employment Authorized Card (Forms I-766, I-688A or I-668B)
    • Temporary Resident Card (I-688)

    Note: Expired, cracked, broken, taped or faded identification cannot be accepted.

    Eligibility Requirements for Certificates

    For proof of identity, please see Identification Requirements.

    Please be aware that hospital copies or uncertified birth certificates cannot be accepted.

    Requestor Birth Certificates Death Certificates
    Yourself (18+) None. N/A
    Parent Must be named as such on the birth certificate.
    Note: Adoptive parents must be identified as parents on the birth certificate.
    Must be named as such on the death certificate.
    Grandparent A copy of your son/daughter’s certified birth certificate naming you as parent. In addition, your son/daughter must be named as parent on your grandchild’s birth certificate. A copy of your son/daughter's certified birth certificate naming you as parent. In addition, your son/daughter must be named as parent on your grandchild's birth certificate.
    Spouse (18+) A copy of your certified marriage certificate, notarized letter from spouse authorizing spouse to obtain birth certificate and copy of spouse’s valid government issued picture/signature identification required. A marriage certificate that links the surviving spouse to the deceased.
    Brother/Sister (18+) A copy of your own certified birth certificate showing parent(s) name(s) also on sibling’s birth certificate. A copy of your own certified birth certificate showing parent(s) name(s) on sibling's death certificate.
    Son/Daughter (18+) A copy of your own certified birth certificate naming registrant as parent. A copy of own certified birth certificate with showing deceased's name as parent.
    Legal Guardian Certified court order of guardianship showing legal custody required (Paternal relationship must be established on birth certificate). Documentation to establish relationship between the deceased and the requestor; requestor must substantiate legal interest in the certificate. (Notarized or certified documents are preferable but not required.)
    (18+) = Applicant must be 18 years or older or be emancipated by court order.
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    Health Department Office of Vital Records

    3950 S. Country Club Road, Suite 100
    Tucson, AZ 85714
    (520) 243-7932


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