What are the hours of Vital Records?

Monday-Friday | 8 am – 4 pm
Closed for county observed holidays

What is the cost of a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?

Birth Certificates are $15 per copy.
Death Certificates are $20 per copy.

How can I pay for birth and death certificates?

We accept cash, money order & personal checks.
Debit and credit cards are NOT accepted.

If I want to pay by credit card how may I obtain my birth certificate?

You may go to http://www.vitalchek.com/ and order your certificate online. Once on the site, select birth certificates; then enter the proper information.  For Blackford County births, your will order through the Indiana State Dept. of Health. Identification is required and must be faxed before cert. will be issued.


How long does it take to get a birth/death certificate?

If you come into the office the item can be issued while you wait, usually within 10-15 minutes.  If you mail your request it will usually take 1-3 working days for us to fill the request.  To expedite mail requests an overnight prepaid envelope may be sent for return of document.

If I was not born in Blackford County, may I obtain my certificate from this office?

No, you must go to the county where you were born.  We do have addresses & phone numbers of other counties & state health departments.


If there is an error on my birth certificate, how do I get it corrected?

You should call the vital records division of this office if you were born in Blackford County to discuss the type of error and instructions will be given as how to proceed. 


How do I obtain death certificates?

If the death occurred in Blackford County you may obtain certified copies from our office.  You must provide the year of death and a personal or property interest in the record.  If you are not requiring a certified legal copy of a death certificate please refer to the genealogy FAQ section.

What is your genealogy policy?

Our records date back to 1882 for both birth and deaths.

A $2.00 fee applies for records already in the database.

Our database contains all births; deaths from 1882 to present. A non-certified printout of the record is included in fee costs if the record is found; if a record is not found the fee still applies. Non-certified printouts are used for genealogy as they contain more information about the record than certified copies. Approximate year of death is required to begin search.  Genealogy is done as time allows. Mail requests are usually answered with 10 working days. (Mail to department address with attention to Vital Records)  In-person office request are fulfilled immediately unless priority business requires attention.