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




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 Gwen Williams or call (317) 221-2400.

    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

    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.