How to Get a Copy of a Nebraska Birth Certificate In Five Minutes
It isn't always easy to get a copy of a Nebraska birth certificate. There's a lot of paperwork to fill out, and you have to prove that you are entitled to a copy of it. Additionally, you may have to wait in line at the Department of Vital Records, not to mention writing a check. That's where DoNotPay comes in: as the world's first robot lawyer, DoNotPay can help you get a copy of your (or your loved one's) birth record so you can prove your identity to whoever needs it.
The Difference Between a Certified and an Informational Birth Certificate Copy
Because Nebraska has open birth records, anyone can apply for an informational copy of a birth certificate. However, this copy is informative only and will be stamped with the phrase "NOT A LEGAL DOCUMENT - FOR REVIEW ONLY." This birth certificate will also not include medical or health information regarding the subject of the record. If you need to prove your identity using a birth certificate, you need to apply for a certified copy (also called an authorized copy) of the certificate.
A certified copy of a birth certificate is a legal document that can be used to help you get a passport, open a bank account, register to vote, and even apply for public assistance. In most cases, you'll want a certified copy of your birth certificate.
Who Can Get a Birth Certificate Copy in Nebraska?
Nebraska has open records laws regarding birth certificates, but only informational copies are allowed. If you need a full birth certificate to prove your identity, the state places limits on who can order a copy. In Nebraska, you have to show "proper purpose" to get a certified birth certificate. This can be for:
|Yourself||Anyone can request a certified copy of their birth certificate at any time in Nebraska.|
|Legal use||The family of the subject of the record or a lawyer representing them can request a birth certificate when needed to prove the subject's identity for probate court, property transfers, and similar reasons.|
|The subject’s consent||This must be provided in writing and submitted with the birth certificate application.|
|Scientific and medical use||Medical researchers can request copies of birth certificates as long as they can prove their qualifications and not publish names or similar information.|
|Law enforcement||Federal, state, and city police can look up birth records as long as they need them for their work.|
|Genealogy||Anyone studying their family tree can request birth records of people who have been dead for more than 50 years. If this isn't the case, you need consent from the subject of the record.|
|Historical research||Historical researchers must provide proof of their identity and credentials and proof that the birth certificates are relevant to their project.|
|Government use||This includes:
|The media||You need to prove your identity and employment with a newspaper, magazine, television, or radio station.|
How Much Does It Cost to Get a Birth Certificate Copy in Nebraska?
The state of Nebraska charges $17 to get a birth certificate copy. This cost is the same regardless of whether you get a certified or informational copy, and it is nonrefundable. The state accepts cash, checks, and money orders for orders taken by mail and Visa and MasterCard for online applications.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Nebraska Birth Certificate Copy?
The time it takes to get a birth certificate in Nebraska varies based on how you apply for the copy. Applying by mail or online gives a processing time of about 2-3 weeks, while you can get a certified copy of your birth certificate the same day if you apply in person at the Department of Vital Records.
What Documents Do I Need to Get a Birth Certificate Copy in Nebraska?
To get a Nebraska birth certificate copy, you need the following information:
- The full name of the subject of the record. If they are adopted, list their adopted name and state that they are adopted.
- The date, city, and county of birth.
- The parents' full names at the time of the birth. If the subject is adopted, list the adoptive parents' names.
- Your reason for requesting the birth record.
- Your relationship to the subject of the record.
- A photocopy of both sides of your current government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.
- A completed application form.
How to Get a Nebraska Birth Certificate Copy on Your Own
To get a certified copy of a birth certificate in Nebraska on your own, you need to get the application form, documentation of your relationship with the subject of the record, documentation of your reason for requesting the birth certificate, and $17. You can mail this information (along with a check or money order made out to "Vital Records") to:
Nebraska Vital Records
P.O. Box 95065
You can also visit the Department of Vital Records in person during their business hours or apply for a birth record online.
How to Get a Nebraska Birth Certificate Copy With DoNotPay?
If you want to order a birth certificate copy in Nebraska but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 8 easy steps:
- Go to the Birth Certificates product on DoNotPay.
- Select who the certificate is for (you or a loved one). If you are requesting a copy of someone else's certificate, enter their personal details, and upload evidence that proves your relationship.
- Enter the location you or your loved one was born in, so we can complete the form specific to your state.
- Enter the name(s) of the parent(s) as displayed on the certificate.
- Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.
- Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.
- Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.
- If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail in your request form with a check on your behalf.
Why You Should Use DoNotPay to Get Your Nebraska Birth Certificate
Getting a Nebraska birth certificate copy can be difficult, as the state requires you to prove your "proper purpose." DoNotPay can greatly simplify the process. DoNotPay is simple and convenient, allowing you to submit the application entirely within the app. It's also effective: because DoNotPay knows what documentation you need, you can be certain you're submitting a complete application, not wasting your time and money.
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