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Statewide registration of births began in 1909 in Arizona with general compliance by 1926.

Next Step: When did the birth occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's birth record:

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Births before 1855

Before 1855, no births were recorded by the state or county. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.

  Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Church Records
Census
Military Records
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Births from 1855 thru 75 years before present year

Records dating from 1855 are available for a few counties. In July 1909, counties began sending birth records to the state for registration.

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the database below, try searching for birth information in other records.

For births that exist during this time period, try the following database:

Arizona Birth Database - Includes Index and Images
Try:
Arizona Births, 1855 - 75 years prior to present year Free Arizona State Department of Health website
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Births from 75 years before present year thru 1989

There is no statewide index of Arizona births at this time. 

"As-is" birth certificates 1950-1989 can be purchased from most County Health Deparments. These certificates may be less expensive than state copies. In many counties you may purchase these certificates in person and obtain them the same day. These are not certified certificates and include limited information such as name, date of birth and parents' names. Fees vary between the different County and State Health Departments. Consult the respective websites linked in the table below for fee information.

Certified certificates are available for a fee from the Arizona Department of Health or VitalChek

See restrictions below to find if you "qualify" to order a certificate. You must have full name, exact date and place of the birth to order from the state Department of Health.

Obtain the Certificate

With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the birth record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Birth Certificates
From County Health Dept From AZ Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county



Restrictions to qualify for certificates for persons born within the last 75 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 75 years, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate (paternal grandparent is eligible if father is listed on the vital record)
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate
  • The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 75 years have passed from the date of the birth.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

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Births after 1990

Only immediate family members and selected others may obtain certified copies of birth records created less than 75 years ago. You may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate for a birth that occurred in Arizona after 1990, at any County Health Department, but not at the State Health Department.

Obtain the Certificate

If you qualify to request a certificate you must have full name, exact date and place of the birth. You can then order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from any County Health Department. This is considered a complete certificate, with all available information.


Restrictions to qualify for certificates for persons born within the last 75 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 75 years, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate (paternal grandparent is eligible if father is listed on the vital record)
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate
  • The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 75 years have passed from the date of the birth.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

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