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FOR RELEASE: June 19, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Birth Certificate Fees to Increase

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced today that effective July 11, the fee for the search of a birth record will increase from $5 to $10.

The $10 fee will allow for the search for a birth record and issuance of one certified copy of a birth certificate to a qualified applicant if the certificate is located. Additional copies will be $10 each. The search fee is not refundable or transferable. To obtain a copy of a birth certificate, applicants will need to provide date of birth, place of birth, parents’ names, mother's maiden surname, and furnish a photo I.D.

Corrections or additions to birth records may require additional fees and the submission of required documentation. Instructions and assessment of fees will be made on an individual basis after review of the requested record.

| The fee increase to $10 for a birth record search and certified copy brings Oklahoma up to the national average for such a cost. The search fee for a death certificate has not changed; that fee will remain at $10 for the search of the death records and one certified copy of the death certificate. Applicants for a death certificate must provide the person’s name, date and place of death.

Persons can acquire birth or death certificates by visiting the Vital Records Office located on the first floor of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City. Citizens can also call 405/271-4040 for information regarding how to obtain a birth or death certificate, or visit the state health department’s Web site at http://www.health.state.ok.us/program/vital/index.html for more information.

Persons may also apply by mail by sending their request to: Vital Records Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117. Checks or money orders must be made payable to the Vital Records Service, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included for return of the requested certificates.

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