Office of Vital Records

Register a Home Birth

  • On January 1, 2015 the Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Vital Records Lobby at 1818 W. Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007 will be closing the public lobbyPDF. Mail-in services will still be available.
  • El 1 de enero de 2015 la recepción de la Oficina del Registro Civil del Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona, ubicada en el 1818 W. Adams, Phoenix , AZ 85007, estará cerrada al público.PDF. Los servicios por correo seguirán estando disponibles.

Home birth is defined as: the child and placenta are born away from a hospital or birthing facility, and not en route to a hospital or birthing facility.

Requirements to Register Births for Home Births within the 7-Day Timeframe

When a child is born at home, who may register the child’s birth? The child’s father, mother, other family member, or a person present during or immediately after the birth may register the birth if they are at least 18 years old (A.R.S. § 36-333). If the child is being registered within 7 days of the birth (if registered by mail, then, postmarked within 7 days of the birth,), the following must be submitted:

  • Certificate of Live Birth form must be completed and signed by the informant and attendant and must be forwarded to the County or State Vital Records office. Contact Vital Records to obtain a Certificate of Live Birth form and instructions packet.
  • If the parents are not married, an Acknowledgement of PaternityPDF or Court-Ordered Paternity (certified copy) must be submitted before the father can be added to the birth certificate.

Requirements for Late Registration (More than 7 days but less than 1 year)

If a child’s birth is being registered more than 7 days but less than 1 year after birth, a parent may register their child’s birth by submitting the following documents, as per A.A.C. R9-19-202:

  • The mother, father, family member, physician, nurse or midwife registering the birth must provide a completed Certificate of Live Birth form signed by informant and attendant. Contact Vital Records to obtain a Certificate of Live Birth form and instructions packet.
  • Document proving the mother was present in Arizona at the time of birth. Examples include:
    • Medical record, utility bill, public assistance document, etc.
      • The document must show the month and year in which the child was born with the mother's name and address.
      • The document must show the date it was established.
  • Document proving the child was present in Arizona at the time of birth. Examples include:
    • Medical record, church record, public assistance document, etc.
      • The document must show the month and year in which the child was born with the mother's name and address.
      • The document must show the date it was established.
  • If the parent's are not married, an Acknowledgement of PaternityPDF or Court-Ordered Paternity must be submitted before the father can be added to the birth certificate.

NOTE: If the parents do not file a birth certificate before the child's first birthday, they must apply for a Delayed Birth Certificate.