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How do you request a printout of your birth certificate?

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Individuals born in the United States can request a printout of a birth certificate by contacting the Office of Vital Records in the state of birth. Each state's requirements vary, but most require a form of identification, information about birth parents and the hospital, and a signature to finalize the request. A fee is commonly required for a printout of a birth certificate.

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People born in the United States can often request printouts of birth certificates via online forms supported by the state or by mailing in a request form with the accompanying fee. The Office of Vital Records mails the printout to the individual and can expedite shipping for an additional fee in most cases.

Individuals born outside of the United States to American parents should have a registered record of birth with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country of birth. Printouts of birth certificates can be obtained by contacting the U.S. Department of State if the birth was registered.

People who were born on a military base in another country should also have their births recorded with the U.S. Embassy. If the birth was not recorded, it may be necessary to contact the hospital of birth at the military base to request a copy of the birth certificate from the appropriate military branch.

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