Initial Cost per Certificate
Birth: $10 US per certificate (non-refundable search fee)
Stillbirth, Death, Marriage and Divorce: $6 US per certificate (non-refundable search fee)
Purchase a certificate online, by phone or by fax. These orders will be processed through VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek is an independent company that the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics (OVS) has partnered with to provide you with this service.
Warning: VitalChek is the only authorized and approved vendor highly recommended by the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics for online and telephone ordering. A credit/debit card or an automated clearing house (ACH) is required for payment. Buyer beware if other websites or services are used.
Online and by Phone
VitalChek website or contact VitalChek by phone at (800) 241-8322. To fax orders call toll free (866) 283-7477. VitalChek accepts all major credit cards including American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. VitalChek uses UPS for faster delivery. If a rush delivery is necessary, request delivery by UPS when placing your order.
There is an additional fee charged by VitalChek for all orders. If UPS delivery is requested, additional fees apply.
Currently all in-person services for the Office of Vital Statistics are suspended until further notice. This action was taken in response to Gov. Beshear’s mandate to close state offices to walk-in traffic and CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The Office of Vital Statistics is located at 275 East Main Street in Frankfort. Visit our lobby and complete an application for a certified copy of a birth, death, marriage or divorce certificate from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday. For further information, please read the Business Procedures for Accepting Walk-In/Mail/Phone Orders.
Please disregard all walk-in procedures during this office closure to walk-in service.
Directions and map to Vital Statistics Office
The Office of Vital Statistics installed a drop box at the visitor entrance at 275 E. Main St., Frankfort for applications for certified copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. Blank applications are provided on the drop box.
Mail a check or money order (no cash) payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer along with the necessary information to:
Office of Vital Statistics
275 E. Main St., 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621
Please include a return address on the envelope and the application form. Funds must be drawn on a U.S. bank. For further information, please read the
Business Procedures for accepting walk-in/mail/phone orders.
Orders received by mail or at the OVS drop box are filled within five to seven business days. However, some orders may take longer. Please allow up to 30 working days for processing certificates ordered through the mail or using the OVS drop box.
Expect longer delays for requests during peak seasons. We recommend requesting certified copies of birth certificates early to avoid delays for life events such as: retirement, sports programs, travel/passports, driver’s license, school enrollment and other reasons.
There may be delays in issuing new certified death certificates if the original certificate is not promptly filed in Frankfort by the funeral director or medical certifier.