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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I need to get my birth certificate?

A: Current legal photo ID (such as driver’s license or state ID) is needed, marriage license(s) if last name has changed, and proof of address. See Identification requirements for more options.

Q: I was not born in Elkhart County, where do I go to obtain a birth certificate?

A: The Elkhart County- Vital Records division only maintains records for persons born in Elkhart County. Please contact the county Vital Records office in the state where you were born. Your state may use vitalchek.com.

Q: My name is spelled wrong on my birth certificate. What can I do about it?

A: An appointment can be made to make an amendment to the record. Two documents (at least 10 years old) must be presented to confirm the spelling of the name. There is a $15.00 amendment fee plus the cost of a new birth certificate. Please feel free to call our office with any further questions.

Q. I was adopted in Elkhart County, but born somewhere else. Where is my birth certificate?

A: Even though a person was adopted in Elkhart County, the record is maintained in the county/state that the birth took place in.

Q: All of my identification was lost/stolen/destroyed, I was born in Elkhart County and need a birth certificate. What can I do?

A: Under these circumstances a member of your immediate family may be eligible to apply for your birth certificate for you by presenting their identification. They must also show proof of the relationship (ex. birth certificate or a marriage certificate). See Identification requirements. You can use vitalchek.com, or call our office for more information.

Q: If a person died in another county/state, but was buried in Elkhart County why don't you have the death certificate?

A: Death records are recorded in the county/state where the individual expired, no matter where he/she lived or is buried.

Q: What should I include on my request for genealogy?

A: The name of the person, their date of death, the parent's names and the year of death. Records date back to 1882. Anything prior to 1882 would not be available in Elkhart County Vital Records.

Q: What about birth records for genealogy?

A: Birth records for genealogy purposes are only available on individuals who would be at least 100 years old.

Q: I live out of the city/state. How can I get a certificate quickly?

A: For your convenience, you can order and pay online through vitalchek.com.

An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service and all major credit cards are accepted.

Q: How much is genealogy research?

A: Genealogy records are $6 each; $11 each if certified. Personal checks are not accepted. Payment must be cash, certified check, or money order payable to Elkhart County Health Department.

Q: What forms of payment are accepted?

A: PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. Payment must be in cash, certified check or money order payable to: Elkhart County Health Department. Visa, MasterCard, or Discover are accepted in the office (no telephone or fax orders). There is a convenience fee charged.

Q: What is the cost of a birth certificate?

A: The fee is $11.00 for the 1st copy; $9.00 for each additional copy. Wallet size cost $13.00 (wallet size is available in lamination or a plastic pouch). Regular size in a plastic pouch is an additional $2.00. Payment must be in cash, certified check or money order only to: Elkhart County Health Department. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

Q: What is the cost of a death certificate?

A: The first copy is $11.00 and any additional copies of the same person is $9.00. Payment must be in cash, certified check or money order only to: Elkhart County Health Department. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

Q: Are there any other Vital Records fees?

A: Please call (574) 523-2107 for prices.

Q: What are the hours that Vital Records is open?

A: Monday hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00PM. Tuesday thru Friday hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00PM.

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Office Location:

Lincoln Center
608 Oakland Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46516-2116
Vital Records office: (574) 523-2107
Fax: (574) 523-2162
Toll Free: 1-877-523-2283

Office Hours:

Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday through Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm