Vital Records Divison
Birth and death records are available beginning with the year
1882. These records may be obtained through the mail, over the
Internet, or by walk-in service (see Obtaining Vital Records.
Death records are $10.75 per copy. Birth records are $10.00 per copy.
There is a limit of 5 certificates per name.
For genealogy searches, there is a 5-name limit and a $5.00 charge
per name researched. There is also a limit of 5 certificates per name.
Identity theft is a growing concern in the U.S.A. A birth certificate
is a prime piece of documentation used to establish false identities.
For your protection, the Vital Records Division of the Lawrence
County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of
Health make the following recommendations:
Do not keep your birth certificate on your person unless needed
for a specific purpose.
Do not carry your Social Security Card on your person unless
needed for a specific purpose.
Remove your Social Security Number from your driver's license,
If your wallet or purse is stolen with these pieces of
identification, check your credit ratings at least every 6 months.
Keep these pieces of I.D. (along with all legal documents) stored
in a safe place when not in use.
For more information regarding identity theft, consult the following
www.ftc.gov - (800) 829-0433
www.irs.gove - (800) 269-0271
Birth/Death Certificate Request Forms
Identification is REQUIRED when obtaining a birth or death record.
To request a certified copy of a VITAL record you MUST be 18 years of
age or older.
Certificate request form
Death Certificate request form
to release Birth Certificate
Steps to obtain a Birth or Death
You must have ID form
For information regarding births or deaths which occurred in other
counties within Indiana, please go to the Indiana State Department of
Health website and click on Birth & Death Certificates.
By mail: Complete the necessary form application and mail it with
the proper fee* and I.D. to:
Lawrence County Health Department
2419 Mitchell Rd.
Bedford, IN 47421
WE DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS!
Over the Internet:
For your convenience, you can process online requests through an
independent company that Lawrence County Health Department has partnered
with to provide you this service.
VitalChek Network, Inc. can
be reached through their website. An additional fee is charged by
VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted,
including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.
Acceptable Forms of Identification:
A valid, current driver's license
A social security card
A valid, current state-issued identification card
A military identification card
Identification MUST contain your signature. If you are making a
request via mail, please photocopy your identification; do NOT send the
For more information, contact the Lawrence County
Health Department - (812) 275-3234
Amending Vital Records
The following options are available to amend a vital record, if ALL
necessary criteria are met:
Court Order Change of Name
Court Order Determining Parentage
Paternity Affidavit Upon Marriage
Please do not make any assumptions based on this list. Call the
Lawrence County Health Department for detailed information regarding ANY
of these procedures.