|How to obtain copies of Arizona vital records, such as Arizona birth certificates, Arizona death records, Arizona marriage licenses & Arizona divorce decrees. See the guidelines for general information on how to order vital records. Check the related links for additional vital records and genealogical information on Arizona.|
Arizona State Vital Records Office Information
Arizona is a "closed record" state. That means that vital records are not public record. Only the registrant or an immediate family member may receive copies of Birth Records.
Money order should be made payable to Office of Vital Records. Personal checks are NOT accepted. Applicants must submit a copy of picture identification or have their request notarized and provide a family tree sketch to illustrate the family connection and possibly provide proof of family connection such as a birth certificate. For Arizona births that occurred from 1990 to the present, you can request certified copies by mail or in person from the county office locations or from the state office.For all births that occurred before 1990, you MUST file your application with the state office. Please include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope with your request.
Index to Arizona County Vital Records Offices
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How to Obtain Arizona Vital Records
Birth records may be requested by the individual named on the certificate (if over the age of 18), the parents named on the certificate, a spouse, grandparents, an adult child, a legal guardian, foster parents, or attorneys or other personnel needing it for a legal matter. Birth records may also be obtained to aid in genealogy research. Requesting parties may apply for the certificate in person, by mail or fax, or in the case of births after 1989, they may request records from the county office. Identification and a fee will be requested.
Death certificate requests are handled much in the same way, with spouses, immediate family members, and attorneys being the primary individuals that can be granted the certificate. Deaths occurring after 2008 are kept on file at the county level, as well as the state level. Death certificates may also be requested online.
Arizona Vital Records and Genealogy Research
Arizona vital records are frequently requested by individuals conducting genealogy research on their ancestors. Birth, death, and marriage certificates provide crucial bits of knowledge in determining family connections because they contain detailed information, including full names, important dates, places events occurred, and sometimes even names of other family members and how they are related. Non-certified copies can be obtained by providing a name and place of birth or death for an individual. As another option, the State of Arizona also offers a genealogy web tool that contains microfilm images of birth and death certificates prior to 75 and 50 years, respectively.
Vital records serve an important purpose, both for individuals and for the government. People need these records for different reasons, such as identification, insurance, or tax purposes. The government, on the other hand, uses vital records to keep historical records of citizens and to provide them as needed. If you need Arizona vital records, contact the Arizona Office of Vital Records or explore their website for more information.
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