Two Types of Certificates: Authorized and Informational
Certified Authorized Copy
A Certified Authorized Copy provides proof of your identity.
To purchase an Authorized birth certificate, you’ll need to be the person listed on the certificate or that person’s:
- spouse or domestic partner
- legal guardian
For official business, governmental agencies and legal representatives can request a copy of a birth certificate.
When you request a Certified Authorized Copy by mail or online, state your relationship to the person listed on the birth certificate and sign that statement with a notary public present.
Certified Informational Copy
A Certified Informational Copy is generally not accepted as proof of your identity.
If you don’t have a direct relationship to the person listed on the certificate, you can purchase an informational birth certificate.
On a Certified Informational copy, signatures are concealed and the words, “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity” are printed across the face of the certificate.
The request form for this type of certificate does not need to be notarized.