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VitalChek is the #1 authorized resource for ordering official, government-issued vital records online.

Since 1987, VitalChek has provided a convenient service allowing Americans to easily and securely order official copies or replacements of government-issued birth, death, marriage and divorce records. We do this as an official service provider for hundreds of government agencies throughout the United States and US Territories, helping to safely deliver millions of life’s most important documents every year.


VitalChek provides a safe, easy and convenient way for you to obtain your family’s vital record documents – including birth certificates, marriage record, divorce record, and certain family death records.


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What is a Vital Record?

Government-issued documents that provide proof of a major life event, such as a birth, death, marriage, or divorce, are called Vital Records. It is your right as an American to have a copy of these certificates for yourself and for certain members of your immediate family, as you will need them for things like registering a child for school or sports, applying for new credit, researching your family’s genealogy, obtaining a passport, driver’s license or pilot’s certificate, and so on.

The VitalChek Express Certificate Service provides a trusted and convenient way for you to order these U.S. Vital Records online - quickly, affordably, and with the utmost level of security to ensure your documents are safely handled. Government agencies across the nation trust VitalChek to handle your Vital Record orders, and you can too. When you need to replace one of your life's most vital records - birth certificate, death certificate, marriage record or divorce record – come to #1 VitalChek.

When you order a vital record from VitalChek, you get:

  • Authorized, government-approved service
  • Low pricing with minimal service fees
  • Guaranteed certified government-issued documents
  • Expedited shipping options with negotiated, below-market rates
  • Highest PCI level security (Level 1 Compliant) and excellent safeguard standards

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Benefits of VitalChek Express Certificate Service

Who wants to wait in line at the government agency, either in person or on the phone? Not us! That’s why VitalChek was born almost 30 years ago, and today continues to be the #1 source for ordering official Vital Records online. VitalChek is the only external processor authorized by government agencies across the nation for ordering official vital records online. VitalChek is fast and convenient, making it easy for you to purchase the documents to which you are legally entitled. Beware of other online services that do not have relationships directly with the agencies that issue your vital records. They typically are not authorized by the agency issuing vital records, and frequently take your information in a less than secure manner, while charging additional fees without providing approved services or guaranteeing confidentiality of your data. When you order with VitalChek directly, you won’t incur those other extraneous $50 or more charges, and won’t put your information at risk.

Consider these VitalChek Express Certificate Service benefits:

Trust. VitalChek has been the direct connection between citizens and the government agencies issuing their certified vital records since 1987. We pioneered the industry, and our secure Web site continues that tradition, with safe and authorized document ordering and handling of electronic transactions by a team that is fully credentialed and passes rigorous security checks. Plus, VitalChek is a LexisNexis company, the nation’s leading provider of identification and credential verification services.

Convenience. VitalChek provides the ease and convenience to order a copy of your vital records from the privacy of your own home or office, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Speed. We keep all our authorizing agencies’ requirements organized in our database, which provides an easy, step-by-step process for you to follow – ordering usually takes less than 10 minutes! In many cases you can receive your certificate within about a week, and you can select express shipping for fast and secure delivery when time is critical.

Price. Unlike most other services advertising online vital record ordering on the internet, VitalChek sets our pricing guidelines in conjunction with the government agency, so you pay only the actual cost of the document (ranging from $2 - $50 for the agency) plus a minimal VitalChek processing fee ranging from $2 - $16, and the cost of shipping the certificate. We even negotiate our express shipping rates, which are roughly 50% lower than retail rates, so you get the best deal. There are no hidden or unexplained costs with VitalChek. Beware any service promising a flat fee, as that fee is usually in addition to the fees mentioned above!

Additional Services

In addition to our primary vital records service, VitalChek's parent company, LexisNexis, offers a number of services that may be helpful to you. The nation's leading provider of identification and credential verification services, LexisNexis offers access to:

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Wide Range of Public Records

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