- Birth records for births that occurred from July 1911 to the present are maintained by the Idaho Bureau of Health Policy and Vital Statistics. In addition, some Idaho counties have birth records dating further back but the county files only contain records of births that occurred in that county.
Birth certificates in Idaho are confidential records for the first 100 years after the birth. Because of this, the person who is requesting a certified copy of a birth certificate must present a photocopy of an acceptable form of identification and may have to prove their relationship to the registrant. Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Drivers license with photo and signature
- State ID card with photo and signature
- Passport with photo and signature
- Military ID with photo and signature
- Tribal ID with photo and signature
If the above forms of ID are not available, other forms of ID are acceptable such as a Social Security Card or school ID card. However two forms of ID must be presented and one of them must have a signature.
To obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate in Idaho, you can either mail your request or go through a service called VitalChek. Mailing your request is the less expensive way to order these records because VitalChek tacks on additional service fees as well as mail fees.
Information that must accompany all requests for a birth certificate includes:
- Type of certificate, in this case itís a birth certificate
- Full name on the birth certificate.
- Date of birth
- City of birth.
- Father's full name
- Mother's full maiden name.
- Your relation to the person whose birth certificate you are ordering. Proof of your relationship may be required. (Only immediate family members, legal guardians or their legal representatives may order birth certificates.)
- Reason for needing the birth certificate.
- Number of copies of birth certificates you want.
- Your return address.
- A photocopy of your acceptable identification, showing both sides of ID(s).
- Your signature
If you are faxing your request to VitalChek include the following additional information:
- Delivery method - Regular mail or Express Service. Your return address must be a street address for Express Service delivery.
- Credit card number and expiration date - if you are not the person named on the credit card, a signed authorization from the credit card holder is also required.
- Daytime phone number
Download an application form here:
Or write a letter requesting the copies including all the information outlined above.
Mail the completed form or letter, a legible photocopy of identification, and a check or money order covering the appropriate fees to:
- Idaho Bureau of Health Policy and Vital Statistics
- P.O. Box 83720
- Boise, ID 83720-0036
By Fax Using VitalChek:
Fax your application or letter, photocopy of ID and credit card information to 1-866-559-9629. You will incur additional fees from VitalChek.
Online Using VitalChek:
Go to www.VitalChek.com and follow the prompts for ordering an Idaho birth certificate. Vital Chek authenticates your identity and processes payment in the form of a credit card. They will then notify the Idaho Bureau of Health Policy and Vital Statistics who will issue the birth records.
Certificates cost $13 each. Additional copies are also $13 apiece. You will pay an additional $10.50 special handling fee for all online or faxed orders using VitalChek. If you wish to have Express Service, add $18 and be sure to specifically request Express Service on your application as your delivery method choice.
So long as you are an authorized person requesting the copy of the Idaho birth certificate, you have filled out the application completely, provided a legible copy of your acceptable photo ID and have enclosed the appropriate fees, your request should be completed within 5-7 business days of receipt by mail. Online and faxed orders that have Express Service noted and paid for are processed in two business days as long as they are received before 4:00 PM Mountain Time.
Interested in obtaining your birth certificate?
Here is a list of counties, offering information on who to contact, so that you can apply for your own birth certificate today:
Ada County Recorder ~ http://www.adaweb.net/departments/ClerkAuditorRecorder/
208 - 364 - 2222
Adams County Clerk
208 - 253 - 4561
Bannock County Recorder ~ http://www.co.bannock.id.us/clerk2.htm
208 - 236 - 7340
Bear Lake County Recorder ~ http://www.bearlakecounty.info/services.html#anchor68950
208 - 945 - 2212
Benewah County Clerk
St. Maries, ID
208 - 245 - 3212
Bingham County Clerk ~ http://www.co.bingham.id.us/Clerks/recording.htm
208 - 785 - 5005
Blaine County Recorder ~ http://www.co.blaine.id.us/
208 - 788 - 5520
Boise County Recorder ~ http://www.co.boise.id.us/Clerk-Auditor-Recorder/auditor.htm
Idaho City, ID
208 - 392 - 4431
Bonner County Clerk ~ http://www.co.bonner.id.us/countyclerk/index.html
Sand Point, ID
208 - 265 - 1432
Bonneville County Clerk ~ http://www.co.bonneville.id.us/
Idaho Falls, ID
208 - 529 - 1350
Boundary County Recorder ~ http://www.ruralnorthwest.com/
Bonners Ferry, ID
208 - 267 - 2242
Butte County Clerk
208 - 527 - 3021
Camas County Clerk
208 - 764 - 2242
Canyon County Recorder ~ http://www.canyoncounty.org/clerk/index.php
208 - 454 - 7552
Caribou County Clerk
Soda Springs, ID
208 - 547 - 4342
Cassia County Recorder ~ http://www.cassiacounty.org/clerk%2Dauditor%2Drecorder/recorder_fees.htm
208 - 678 - 5240
Clark County Clerk
208 - 374 - 5304
Clearwater County Recorder ~ http://www.clearwatercounty.org/
208 - 476 - 5615
Custer County Clerk ~ http://www.co.custer.id.us/Clerk.htm
208 - 879 - 2360
Elmore County Recorder ~ http://www.elmorecounty.org/
Mountain Home, ID
208 - 587 - 2130
Franklin County Recorder
208 - 852 - 1090
Fremont County Clerk ~ http://www.co.fremont.id.us/departments/clerk/index.htm
Saint Anthony, ID
208 - 624 - 7332
Gem County Recorder
208 - 365 - 4561
Gooding County Clerk
208 - 934 - 4841
Idaho County Recorder ~ http://www.idahocounty.org/idaho/clerkauditor/index.htm
208 - 983 - 2751
Jefferson County Clerk ~ http://www.co.jefferson.id.us/clerk/index.asp
208 - 745 - 7756
Jerome County Recorder ~ http://www.jeromecounty.org/contentDetail.aspx?cityTopic=92&CityContentID=2032&expand=1
208 - 324 - 8811
Kootenai County Recorder ~ http://www.co.kootenai.id.us/departments/clerk/
Coer D' Alene, ID
208 - 769 - 4400
Latah County Clerk ~ http://www.latah.id.us/
208 - 882 - 8580
Lemhi County Clerk
208 - 756 - 2815
Lewis County Clerk ~ http://www.lewiscountyid.org/
208 - 937 - 2661
Lincoln County Clerk
208 - 886 - 7641
Madison County Recorder ~ http://www.co.madison.id.us/modules/wfsection/index.php?category=2
208 - 356 - 3662
Minidoka County Recorder ~ http://www.minidoka.id.us/clerk-auditor-recorder/default.htm
208 - 436 - 9511
Nez Perce County Recorder ~ http://www.co.nezperce.id.us/ Lewiston, ID
208 - 799 - 3020
Oneida County Clerk
Malad City, ID
208 - 766 - 4116
Owyhee County Clerk
208 - 495 - 2421
Payette County Recorder ~ http://www.payettecounty.org/clerk/clerk.html
208 - 642 - 6000
Power County Clerk ~ http://www.co.power.id.us/clerk%2Dauditor%2Drecorder/
American Falls, ID
208 - 226 - 7611
Shoshone County Clerk
208 - 752 - 1264
Teton County Recorder ~ http://www.mycommunity.net/TetonCounty.nsf/
208 - 354 - 2905
Twin Falls County Recorder ~ http://www.twinfallscounty.org/dir/clerk.htm
Twin Falls, ID
208 - 736 - 4004
Valley County Recorder
208 - 382 - 4297
Washington County Clerk ~ http://www.co.washington.id.us/clerk/index.htm
208 - 549 - 2092
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