The Vital Records Section of the Vanderburgh County Health Department started keeping records in February 1882.  There are no records in Indiana before that time.  The Indiana State Department of Health in Indianapolis started keeping records in October 1907.

Birth and death records can be obtained from our office, on a walk in basis, Monday through Friday (except legal Holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Appointments are necessary for requests for records other than birth and death certificates, such as paternity affidavits, home birth registrations, and court orders.  Contact our office at (812) 435-5681 to make an appointment.

Indiana requires an applicant requesting a birth or death certificate, whether by mail or in person, to show identification and proof of relationship.  Identification and eligibility requirements are listed below. 

Acceptable Identification required 
To Get a Certificate:
Who's Eligible to Obtain a Certificate:

You need One form of Primary Documentation.  Documents
MUST be current and valid.

  • Driver’s License
  • State I.D. card
  • Military I.D. with signature
  • Passport
  • School I.D. with signature and photo (must still be attending)
  • Mexico Consular ID card
  • Department of Correction I.D. (issued within past 6 months)
  • Probation ID card
  • Individual - with Acceptable Identification only.  (If under 18 years of age, also copy of parent or legal guardian's ID, and signed permission letter to obtain certificate)
  • Mother/Father - with Acceptable Identification only
  • Grandparents - with Identification along with Mother or Father’s Birth certificate naming Grandparent
  • Legal Guardian - with Identification along with current Guardianship papers (with seal)
  • Brother/Sister - with Identification along with birth certificate naming same parent(s)
  • Aunt/Uncle - with Identification along with birth certificate of parent and self
  • Spouse - with Identification along with valid marriage certificate
  • Child/Grandchild (18 years of age) - with Identification along with birth certificate of self and birth certificate of parent naming grandparent
    • Stepparents - with Identification along with valid marriage certificate and signed authorization (including identification) from legal parent 
    • Attorney - with Identification with direct interest spelled out on letterhead or court documents
    • State/Federal Agencies - with Work Identification with direct interest spelled out on letterhead, court documents or signed authorization from client(s)
    • Social Agency - with Work Identification w/court appointed documents or signed authorization from client(s)

If you do not have primary documentation, two forms of Secondary Documentation are required.

  • Social Security Card or Stamped Printout
  • Valid Bankcard with signature
  • Valid Indiana Gun Permit with signature
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Registration with signature (no titles)
  • Expired driver’s license (not more than 6 months)
  • Signed Rental Agreement/Lease or Signed Loan Agreement/Mortgage (must still own, no payment slips)
  • Valid Indiana Professional License
  • State Agency Referral (FSSA, Probation Officer, etc.) on letterhead, including person’s name and date of birth
  • Employment I.D. with signature, photo, date of employment or employee address (no check stubs)
  • Previous year’s tax return with signature and social security number (no W-2)
  • TANF (Welfare), Food Stamp or WIC I.D. cards


Certified copy of birth certificates:  Effective October 1, 2013 - $15.00 
 Certified copy of death certificates:  Effective October 1, 2013 - $17.00
   [Price includes coroners continuing education fee
   per IC 16-37-1-9 (d)]


This office has records for Vanderburgh County only.

* Personal checks are not accepted.*
* Do not send cash in the mail.*
* Money order made payable to the Vanderburgh County Health Department.*



Click on an option for more information:
Open Records Law - IC 5-14-3        Frequently Asked Questions

Birth Certificate Application              Death Certificate Application

For more information about birth records phone (812) 435-5681
For more information about death records phone (812) 435-5359

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Last updated: 4/4/2017 11:47:40 AM