Vital Records (Birth/Death/Marriage/Divorce Certificates)

Need an Alabama birth, death, marriage or divorce certificate?

You may apply for an Alabama vital record at the main Health Department site in downtown Mobile. It's easy. Fill out an application at the site and give payment and application to the clerk. You may also download an application and fill it out beforehand.

Main Health Center
(251) 690-8150
251 North Bayou St., Mobile
7:30 am - 5 pm

At the downtown location, you will have only a 15- to 20-minute wait (unless a manual search is required, which takes more time).

Fees for certificates are $15.00 for the first certified copy and $6.00 for each additional certified copy (of the same record) when ordered at the same time. There is an additional fee of $15.00 to expedite a request.
Fees may be paid by the following methods:

  • Cash
  • Personal checks or money orders for the exact amount payable to "Mobile County Health Dept." with Driver License number and expiration date on them. (all locations)
  • Visa (debit card - main health center only)
  • MasterCard (credit and debit card - main health center only)
  • American Express and Discover credit cards (main health center only)
  • Accel, AFFN, Jeanie, Maestro, Money Station, NYCE, Pulse Pay, and Star debit cards (main health center only)

Note: There is a $2.05 administrative fee for credit and debit transactions.

Name change information and application to be mailed to Alabama Department of Public Health in Montgomery. For any other vital record issues, please visit the Health Department’s 251 N. Bayou St. location. For further information, call the Vital Records Office at (251) 690-8150 or (251) 690-8113; write Center for Health Statistics, P.O. Box 5625, Montgomery, AL 36103-5625; or call (334) 206-5418.

Only Alabama birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates are available through this service.

Restrictions for birth certificate records

By Alabama law, birth certificates are confidential records with restricted access for 125 years from the date of birth. They may be obtained by the following persons, upon payment of the proper fee:

  • person named on the certificate
  • mother, father or legal guardian
  • husband or wife of person named on certificate
  • son or daughter of person named on certificate
  • sister or brother of person named on certificate
  • legal representative of an authorized person with documentation

Information required for birth certificate records

Please provide as much of the following information as possible for us to locate the birth certificate:

  • full name of person at birth
  • date of birth
  • sex
  • county or city of birth
  • hospital of birth - if not in a hospital, state "home"
  • full maiden name of mother
  • full name of father
  • your name
  • your signature
  • your relationship to the person whose certificate you are requesting
  • address where the certificate is to be mailed
  • your daytime telephone number

Restrictions for death certificate records

By Alabama law, death certificates are confidential records with restricted access for 25 years from the date of death. Death certificates more than 25 years old may be obtained by anyone upon payment of the proper fee.  Death certificates less than 25 years old may be obtained by the following persons, upon payment of the proper fee:

  • mother or father of person named on certificate
  • husband or wife of person named on certificate
  • son or daughter of person named on certificate
  • sister or brother of person named on certificate
  • grandchild of person named on certificate when demonstrating entitlement
  • legal representative of family or estate
  • informant listed on death certificate as providing information

Information regarding birth or death records

The Alabama Center for Health Statistics began filing birth and death certificates in 1908 for persons who were either born or who died in Alabama. Birth certificate recording in Mobile, AL began in 1871 and death certificate recording in Mobile, AL began in 1820.

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