Contact the hospital where you were born, or the department of vital statistics in the state where you were born. You can request your birth certificate directly, for a lower fee than going through a third party. In most cases, you can request a certified birth certificate by mail or over the phone by supplying your name and Social Security number, the name of your parents, and any other information you have, such as the city of birth and the hospital.
Contact a reputable third-party to obtain your birth certificate for you. This is useful if you are in another state and don't know what city you were born in, or in which hospital. There are several reputable companies that specialize in getting a birth certificate for you (see Resources section). The fee will be higher because there are the usual state fees as well as a fee for the third-party company, plus shipping.
Provide as much information as you can when contacting a third-party company. These companies specialize in finding birth certificates, and they can find yours with as little as your name and the state in which you were born. But the more information you can provide, the quicker the process.
- birth marriage and death image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com