Every state has a different procedure for vital records requests. At Vital Records Information, read the guidelines for obtaining these records from the state you were born in. The site provides a link to the vital records department as well as an address and phone number. Vital Records Information also explains how to get records from American territories and other countries.
State law restricts who may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate. A certified copy may be issued to:
The person named on the record,
The spouse of the person named on the record,
A parent of the person named on the record,
A sibling of the person named on the record,
A child of the person named on the record,
A grandparent of the person named on the record,
A person authorized in writing by one of the above.
The written authorization must accompany the request and the relationship of the authorizing party to the subject of the record must be clearly explained, or A person who can demonstrate that the record is required to
protect a personal or property right. If you do not meet one of the above criteria, you cannot receive a certified copy of a birth certificate.
From the moment you are born, you come into "the system". You get a birth certificate and a social security number, establishing who you are, your name, age, and place of birth and citizenship. Since citizenship in the US is granted to those born here, your birth certificate instantly designates you as a US citizen. An authorized, certified copy of your birth certificate (no photocopies allowed, must be stamped with the raised state or county seal) is required to obtain a driver's license, social security card (can be handled at birth at the hospital), and other services that require confirmation of identity. Also the website -
I don't know what state you are in, but you can Google it also and include your state and find a starting point. You can also contact Vital Statistics in your state, or again Google that question also.
Ultimately, or firstly, you may also want to pull up the website -http://www.vitalrec.com/