Get Your North Dakota Birth Certificate Without the Headache
Do you need a certified copy of your North Dakota birth certificate? If you were born in a North Dakota hospital, the state most certainly has your ND birth certificate on file. But if you don't already have one in your personal records--or you only have one--you'll want to order a few in case you ever have the need.
And if that need is immediate, chances are you want to get it as fast as you can, jumping through a few hoops as possible.
Guess what? You can skip the tedious steps required to obtain an official State of North Dakota birth certificate and ensure you're sending in accurate information with the help of DoNotPay's automated application service. Otherwise, you're at risk of forfeiting application fees, delaying important transactions, and spending more time than needed to get the job done.
Why It Is Important to Have a Certified Copy of Your Birth Certificate
A birth certificate is the primary means of proving one's identity. Without a certified copy, you won't be able to do the following:
- Prove your citizenship
- Obtain a driver's license or state I.D.
- Get a passport
- Be enrolled in school
- Enlist in the military
- Apply for a social security number
- Complete the adoption process (needed for both the adoptee and the adoptive parents)
- Obtain a marriage license
- Change one's legal name
- Qualify for benefits
These are just a few reasons why it's a good idea to have at least one certified copy of your birth certificate. Here's what we recommend:
- Keep at least one in a safe place--a safety deposit box or fire safe, preferably in a location away from home. It should be stored with copies of your will, house deed, car titles, and other items essential to your estate records.
- Keep a copy in a locked home file cabinet for easy access.
- Only mail out third and additional copies, so you'll always have at least one available should they be lost.
Who Can Get a Certified Birth Certificate from North Dakota?
The instructions on the North Dakota Division of Vital Records are, without a doubt, confusing: At the top of the page, it's stated that to obtain an official copy of your birth certificate, you must be one of the following:
- The person to whom the birth certificate was issued, as long as they are at least 16 years old
- A parent recorded on the birth certificate for which you are applying
- The birth parents of a non-viable birth (stillbirth)
You can also request a birth certificate for the registrant if you are the executor of someone's estate, or the child or other immediate relative (grandparent, for example) of the person on the birth record and you need an official copy. However, the process requires additional steps and validation, such as providing a reason for filing the application or a certified death certificate for the person. Court orders are also a means of obtaining vital statistics.
What Documents and Information Do I Need to Get a Birth Certificate Copy from North Dakota?
It depends entirely on who you are, how you're related to the person on record, and why you are sending the North Dakota birth certificate request in the first place. You need to give a reason for needing this important document.
Acceptable forms of identification
Regardless of your relationship to the person on record, the North Dakota website insists you MUST have one of the following forms of identification to apply for a birth certificate:
- U.S. State-issued Driver's License
- U.S. State-issued Photo ID
- U.S. Military ID card
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Visa
- U.S. Permanent Resident Card
- Tribal ID card
But if you do not have one of the above, you can submit two of the following:
- A bank statement in your name less than three months old, printed with your current address
- An income tax return from the current or prior year
- A Social Security Card
- A Social Services Card (May include a Medicaid/Medicare card)
- Tribal Enrollment Record, a.k.a. Certificate of Indian Blood. Must contain your date of birth and issuing tribe.
- A utility bill less than three months old, printed with your current address
- A paycheck stub issued within the past three months OR a W-2 issued within the past tax year; either must contain your Social Security Number, your name, and the name and address of your employer. Only one of these will count; therefore, you can choose one or the other, and another item on the list.
Note that you cannot have two of the same item. For example, you may submit a bank statement and a utility bill, but not two utility bills or two bank statements.
Given contradictions on the website, you're advised to call the North Dakota Division of Vital Statistics at (701) 328-2360 and confirm that you have the correct information before you submit your application.
How Much Do North Dakota Birth Certificate Copies Cost?
The processing fee for the first copy of your North Dakota certified birth certificate already includes the research fee. You may request as many additional copies as you want.
|City/County/State Office||Contact Address and Phone Number||Birth Certificate Processing Fee|
|North Dakota Vital Records||Vital Records
600 East Blvd Ave, Dept 301
Bismarck, ND 58505
|First Copy: $15.00 Additional Copies: $15.00|
How Long Does it Take to Receive North Dakota Birth Certificate Copies?
Once the ND Division of Vital Records has received your application and deemed all the information is correct, it will take approximately three to five days to process not including delivery.
You can expedite delivery by enclosing a prepaid USPS Priority Mail, UPS, or FedEx envelope. Otherwise, if you request them to initiate expedited shipping, the fees can cost between $10.00 (domestic USPS Priority) and $50.00 (international carrier).
How to Order a North Dakota Birth Certificate on Your Own
North Dakota's application procedures can be quite challenging to navigate, though it certainly can be done with time, patience, and attention to detail.
Some of the information varies on the website, the online application, and the downloadable mail-in application. It is recommended that you defer to the instructions on the mail-in forms if you have any doubt. Better yet, you can opt to have a service like DoNotPay handle your application for you!
Ordering a Birth Certificate by Mail
Once you have gathered the information you need, here's what you need to do:
- Print out this instruction sheet and application form, but DO NOT fill it out at this time. Carefully read the instructions and double-check that you are prepared with the correct ID and information.
- Set an appointment with a Notary Public near you.
- Bring legible photocopies of all your forms of identification, as well as the originals in case you need them, to the Notary Public. Also, bring any additional documentation you feel might be necessary to include in your application.
- The Notary Public will fill out essential parts of the application, and witness as you complete the rest. They will verify that your identification documents are legitimate and complete.
- Once finished with the Notary Public, compile your documents, application, and a check for the total number of copies you wish to receive, and send them via Certified Mail to the following address:
ND Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
600 East Boulevard Ave. Dept. 301
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
- We recommend duplicating your entire application for your records, with the addition of your postal receipt. This way, if the Division of Vital Records finds fault with or loses your application, you have your copy to either begin again or use as proof of a complete application.
If you need help finding a Notary Public, your State Secretary's web page should have a link to a list. Simply call until you find one that is available when you are ready to proceed.
Using the North Dakota online birth certificate application form
Be sure to gather all required information and identification documents and have them on hand before you begin the online application.
First, you'll need to create a user account and be prepared to enter your credit card information. We highly recommend you study the requirements as outlined in the order-by-mail option; otherwise, you may hit multiple dead- ends in the online process and be forced to start over.
In comparison toDoNotPay's easy online questionnaire, you will likely find the ND birth certificate online questionnaire and uploading system frustrating and unproductive. If you are determined to file your application, we strongly recommend you choose the mail-in option instead. In any case, the online form will not be helpful to you unless you are requesting for yourself or you are the legal parent of the person on the certificate.
Forget the Hassle and Let DoNotPay Get Your North Dakota Birth Certificate for You
If you've read this far, you might think it's easier and less stressful to apply for citizenship in Canada than it is to get your birth certificate from North Dakota's Division of Vital Statistics. And you might be right... if there weren't a better option. But there is!
DoNotPay is like your very own virtual lawyer. We'll boil the process down to the necessary steps and make sure you aren't leaving out any details that can snag up your application or worse, lose your application fees due to an incomplete submission.
How to Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in North Dakota Using DoNotPay
If you want to order/get a birth certificate copy from North Dakota 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.
Trust Your ND Birth Certificate Ordering to DoNotPay
You'll be glad you let DoNotPay handle your North Dakota Birth Certificate application. With DoNotPay, everything is:
- Fast--You don't have to spend hours trying to navigate contradictory instructions
- Easy--You don't have to struggle to fill out tedious forms or keep track of all the steps involved in solving your problem. AND we have a virtual notary public, so you can cross THAT chore off your list!
- Accurate--DoNotPay's questionnaire helps you remember dates details you might have missed
- Successful--You can rest assured knowing we'll get it right the first time, so you can go about your business!
Learn more about DoNotPay's birth certificate application services today!