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Office of Vital Records

Who Can Apply for a Delayed Birth Certificate

  • Any person born in Arizona whose birth was not registered within one year after the date of birth can apply for a delayed birth certificate. The person for whom a Delayed Birth Certificate is needed is referred to as the "registrant".  The "applicant" is the person that applies for the delayed birth certificate.
  • A person 18 years of age or older must apply for the delayed birth certificate.  If the person cannot apply on their own due to a mental disability, the parent, legal guardian or legal custodian may apply on behalf of the registrant. If the legal guardian or legal custodian applies, a certified guardianship or custody order must be presented.
  • A parent, legal guardian or legal custodian may apply on behalf of the registrant if the registrant is less than 18 years of age. If the legal guardian or legal custodian applies, a certified guardianship or custody order must be presented.
  • A person claiming emancipation can apply.  A certified court order of emancipation or, if married, a certified marriage license will be required.

Note: A delayed birth application will not be accepted in the following scenarios:  1) the person was born in another state or country 2) the person is deceased (A.A.C. R9-19-205). 

Before You Can Apply

Before you can apply for a delayed birth certificate, you must first confirm whether or not you have a registered birth certificate on file with the Office of Vital Records.  To do this, you must first complete:

  • The Application for a Certified Copy of a Birth CertificatePDF.  If applying by mail, you may sign the application in the presence of a notary or send a photo copy of your valid, government issued identification that contains your photo and signature with the application. If applying in person, you must provide the original identification.
  • The delayed birth application fee must also accompany the application. Please reference the fee schedule to determine the fee to apply for a delayed birth certificate. If you submit any additional fees, the request will not be processed and will be returned until the appropriate fee is submitted. The acceptable methods of payment are money order or cashier's check, made payable to the Office of Vital Records, credit cards such as Master Card or Visa cards only are accepted as well. If applying by mail, you may write your credit card number and expiration date on the application where indicated. If applying in person, you must present the original card.

Based on the information you provide on the application, a search of all registered birth records will be conducted.  If a birth record is found, the birth certificate will be issued. If a birth record is not found meeting the criteria you provide on the application, a Certificate of No Birth Record will be issued to you along with the delayed birth packet that contains the delayed birth application and other forms and detailed instructions on how to apply for a delayed birth certificate. The Certificate of No Birth Record is valid up to 5 years from the date listed on the certificate.