Effective March 18, 2020, our office is closed to the public and remains closed until further notice. We currently have limited staff on site daily and are processing requests as quickly as possible with the staff available.
Requests for vital records may still be submitted to our office via regular mail. Please be advised that due to the closure notice and limited staff, the processing and completion of requests are delayed, and we are currently processing at 12+ weeks from the receipt of the request.
When biological parents marry/enter into a civil union after a child is born, a legitimation process must be completed.
The following, picture_as_pdfAffidavit by Biological Mother and picture_as_pdfAffidavit by Biological Father, will need to be submitted along with a certified copy of the marriage/civil union record or license (picture_as_pdfLegitimation Form Instructions). If there is a man listed on the birth certificate to whom the mother/co-parent was married/in a civil union, a certified copy of their divorce/dissolution decree is required. The divorce/dissolution decree must specifically mention the child by name and indicate that the man listed on the birth certificate is not the father/co-parent. If the divorce/dissolution decree does not mention the child, then a court order of paternity is required. If there is a man listed on the birth certificate to whom the mother/co-parent was not married/in a civil union, a court order of paternity also is required. Contact your local court system for further details.
In cases where the biological parent(s) is deceased, further documentation is needed:
- A notarized statement from a biological relative of the deceased parent(s). (This statement will need to indicate the person’s relationship to the deceased and that, while alive, the parent(s) did acknowledge the applicant was the biological child of that father/co-parent) OR a copy of an obituary notice (if the notice mentions the requestor as the child of the deceased)
- A certified copy of that parent's death record
- Completed affidavits (write “deceased” in the area for signature)
Certified copies of the marriage/civil union record or license and affidavits will not be returned upon completion of the legitimation process.