Vital Records

Marion County Public Health Department
Hasbrook Building, first floor
3838 North Rural Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205-2930
Phone: 317/221-2400
Fax: 317/221-2411
E-mail: vital records

NOTICE: Vital Records office will be closed all day on Friday, October 16, 2015 for the Marion County Public Health Department’s Staff Day. Please plan your in-person visit accordingly or conduct vital records business any time through the MAIL SERVICE or VITAL CHEK SERVICE as described below. Thank you!



The Department of Vital Records in Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) is dedicated to issuing birth and death certificates in a timely manner, collecting and delivering quality Marion County vital statistics, and issuing paternity affidavits in a timely manner.

Customer Service Office Hours

Open Close
Mon. 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
Tues. 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
Wed. 9 a.m. 7 p.m.
Thurs. 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
Birth and Death Certificate Information

Office Hours of Operation, Services, and Fees:

Those people born (or authorized representative of those that have died) in Marion County have three options to purchase vital records.

  • WALK-IN - See above for office hours. The office is open different hours on Wednesday (open later and close later) to offer hours that may be easier for customers to come in for business; but please note, the office will close at 5pm on Wednesdays before a Thursday holiday or when inclement weather is predicted or happens or when other conditions occur. VitalChek is available 24 hours a day through their website (see below or click on link just under hours chart) and the form for Mail Service (see below or click on link just under hours chart) is available 24 hours a day on this site.
  • VITALCHEK - In addition to walk-in service, there is an expedited service to process online requests through an independent company that MCPHD has partnered with to provide you this service. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted by VitalChek. Click online birth certificate requests to submit your order.
  • MAIL SERVICE - In addition, there is a traditional mail service available.
  • ACCEPTABLE ID - For Marion County Vital Records, you must have acceptable valid/current identification. If you do not have an ID from the Marion County list, you may have certain relatives with their valid/current ID obtain your birth certificate from the list (valid identification). No expired or temporary ID is acceptable (we do not accept the BMW paper/temporary driver’s license or state ID, you can wait until you get your card in mail before coming to Vital Records).
  • FEES - Fees (Click Here). There are additional fees for VitalChek mail orders and convenience fees where applicable. Credit or debit cards may be used in walk-in office and there is a $2.00 convenience fee for purchases up to $100.00 and 3% convenience fee for purchases over $100.00.
  • Voluntary Paternity

    Vital Records now provides voluntary paternity establishment for mothers and fathers who are not married at the time of birth of their child. An appointment for this process must be scheduled in advance with the correction specialist. Both parents must appear at the health department with valid and current identification (valid identification). The process is easy, takes approximately 30 minutes and costs $35 for the record amendment and $15.00 for the new birth certificate. For more information, E-mail Brandi Johnson or call (317) 221-2397.

    Marriage/Divorce Records

    Marion County, Indiana marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the office of the Marion County Clerk at http://www.indy.gov/eGov/County/Clerk/Pages/home.aspx.

    Birth/Death Certificates from another county in Indiana

    Please contact the Indiana State Department of Health to receive birth/death records information for other Indiana counties.

    General Information

    Please see information sheet for other often requested information related to vital records

    Information Building a Community

    MARION COUNTY BIRTH STATISTICS

    2008

    2009

    2010

    2011

    2012

    2013

    2014

    TOTAL BIRTHS

    19,173

    18,648

    17,936

    17,853

    17,946

    18,919

    17,776

    BIRTHS TO RESIDENTS

    13,285

    13,338

    12,800

    13,298

    13,536

    13,215

    12,411

    CERTIFIED COPIES: BIRTH CERTIFICATES

    60,259

    57,984

    57,092

    60,081

    59,793

    51,158

    46,852

    MARION COUNTY DEATH STATISTICS

    2008

    2009

    2010

    2011

    2012

    2013

    2014

    TOTAL DEATHS

    9,706

    9,548

    9,713

    9,584

    9,883

    9,987

    10,139

    DEATHS OF RESIDENTS

    6,768

    6,696

    6,803

    6,684

    6,967

    6,949

    7,122

    FETAL DEATHS

    135

    152

    125

    142

    172

    138

    168

    FETAL DEATHS OF RESIDENTS

    90

    103

    77

    60

    107

    81

    118

    CERTIFIED COPIES: DEATH CERTIFICATES

    58,795

    56,757

    57,126

    56,550

    56,279

    55,816

    52,626

     

    Health data collected from birth and death certificates is used by MCPHD to assess policies and public health initiatives. This data is also used in state and federal databases and by the World Health Organization (WHO). Data indicating diseases responsible for death in Marion County helps organizations from the public health department to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determine the most serious health risk factors prevalent in our community, state and nation.

    Reports on death statistics are made weekly to the CDC, and birth/death information is supplied to Statistics and Vital Information (SAVI). Parents are notified when a birth record is received and available, which allows them to see that their child's record is filed and to make any necessary corrections.

    If a birth or death occurs in Marion County to a resident of another county, that information will be immediately communicated to the appropriate local health department.

    Vital Records also provides educational materials about health department programs with each birth report sent to new parents as an effort to help build healthier neighborhoods and combat infant mortality.