The Edmond Sun

Education

July 26, 2013

Plan to obtain back-to-school birth certificates now

OKLA. CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health urges parents to avoid the last-minute scramble and long lines and get their children’s birth certificates now, rather than early to mid-August, which is typically the busiest time to obtain birth records as parents prepare to get their children back to school.

Birth records are available at three locations in the state: Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th St., Oklahoma City; James O. Goodwin Health Center, 5051 S. 129th East Ave., Tulsa; and Pittsburg County Health Department, 1400 East College Ave., McAlester. Parents can avoid the rush and plan to visit or contact these facilities now to obtain their children’s birth records. Birth certificates are issued between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays.

To obtain a copy of a birth certificate, qualified applicants will need to provide the child’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, parents’ full names (including the maiden name of the mother), and furnish a government-issued photo ID. Applications, as well as a complete list of authorized applicants, are available online at http://vr.health.ok.gov.

The cost for a birth certificate is $15, which will provide for a search for the birth record and issuance of one certified copy of a birth certificate. Additional copies are $15 each. The search fee is not refundable or transferable. Adoptions, paternities and other amendment requests may be subject to an additional administrative fee. Checks or money orders must be made payable to the Vital Records Service.

Eligible applicants can also apply for birth certificates by mailing their completed application, a copy of their photo ID and a check for the appropriate fees to: Vital Records Office, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73117 (allow about four to six weeks for receipt of the record).

While the Oklahoma State Department of Health does not accept Internet orders directly, residents may submit a request through VitalChek Network Inc. at www.vitalchek.com or by phone at 1-877-817-7364. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service. All major credit cards are accepted.

For more information, visit http://vr.health.ok.gov or call 271-4040.

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