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Simple. Fast. Secure. Authorized.

VitalChek is your official source for government-issued vital records. With secure online ordering, partnerships throughout the country, and quick turnaround, we're the one to trust.

While we are not a government agency, we are authorized to provide these services on behalf of government agencies across the nation.

When you need birth certificates or marriage, divorce, or death records, VitalChek is your #1 source.

Simple. We make it easy to access records from hundreds of agencies nationwide with easy to follow instructions. Our step by step ordering and easy to use editing features help ensure the accuracy of your order.

Fast. We get your vital records to you as fast as possible usually in less than a week. Many affiliated agencies even offer next-day or second-day service.

Secure. To help protect your identity online, your entire online transaction is fully encrypted and firewall-protected. Only authorized government agencies will be handling your certificate and processing your request. With our express courier service, we even help you ShipSafe. ShipSmart.™

Authorized. We work directly with hundreds of government agencies nationwide to provide consumers with the ability to securely order their vital records online.

Obtaining copies of vital records such as birth or death certificates are generally not free. Government agencies offer a variety of ways to obtain your vital records including by mail, in person, or by phone. While agencies may offer online ordering services, in many cases VitalChek is the authorized method the agency has chosen to provide such service. Each agency charges a specific fee for these certificates, which typically ranges from $2.00 - $50.00. VitalChek charges an additional Processing Fee, depending upon the level of service the agency has required, which generally ranges from $2.50-$16.00. These Processing Fees cover a variety of services including secure online ordering and electronic payment processing, order tracking, 24/7 customer support, identity verification and authentication, among many other benefits. VitalChek also offers the ability to select expedited shipping if you need your certificate in a hurry. If selected, the additional cost for this option will be shown during your ordering process. All charges specific to your order on VitalChek.com will be shown as you make your selections during the order process.

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What you should know

Vital Records, such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage records, and divorce records, are documents which record major events in each person’s life – and as such, are critical pieces of identity information. Keeping these documents, and your identity, as secure as possible is something we take very seriously.

Part of our secure ordering process is designed to ensure that each certificate is ordered only by the person(s) legally entitled to receive such documents, as defined by specific requirements set by each Vital Record Agency in charge of issuing these certificates. In most instances, a person may order a certificate for themselves or for a member of their immediate family.

Based on each Agency’s unique requirements, and to help ensure the certificate is not put into the wrong hands, certain personal information will be requested during the ordering process to verify specific details about the event, and about the person ordering. While specific questions will be asked during the ordering process, we have summarized some of the most common items here:

  • For birth or death certificates, the state, city and/or county where the event occurred

    • for marriage records, the state, city and/or county where the marriage license was purchased
    • for divorce records, the state, city and/or county where the divorce was granted
  • The month, day and year of the event
  • The names of all the parties named on the requested certificate, as they appear on the certificate (including Mother’s maiden name for a birth certificate)
  • Valid billing and shipping addresses for the person ordering the certificate

    • Street addresses only, as express courier deliveries cannot be shipped to PO boxes, APO or FPO military addresses
  • Method of payment, such as a valid credit card with number and expiration date
  • Some Agencies will require additional identity verification, including a Social Security Number and birth date of the person ordering. Additional information specific to the person ordering the certificate may also be requested, either in the form of identity questions or a copy of an identity document (such as a driver’s license or similar). This information is required by the Agency, used only to validate the identity of the person requesting the certificate, and is handled in the most secure manner possible.

You can trust VitalChek

Because we are an officially authorized service agent for hundreds of state and local governments nationwide, you can feel assured that your information is safe with VitalChek. The information provided in our secure ordering process is only provided to the appropriate agency(s) responsible for issuing the requested certificate. We do not share, sell, rent or trade any of this information with third parties for promotional purposes.

Each payment transaction is guaranteed via WebTrust Certification, Entrust's 256-bit encryption SSL certificate. The encryption practices used by our service meet the federally mandated standards as set by the U.S. Department of Commerce for the transmission and storage of confidential data.

For added protection against identity theft, and full tracking capabilities, you can even select to ShipSafe and ShipSmart™ with our express courier options.

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