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Vital Records Registry

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Vital records registry offices hold the birth records of millions of Americans. These offices are located in every county, borough, and parish of the United States. Each office contains the birth records of every U.S. citizen born in their jurisdiction.

Vital records registry offices are charged with housing and protecting birth records against theft, damage and fraud. They also are responsible for providing access to birth records under appropriate situations. Finally, they must provide certified copies of birth certificates upon request.

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The vital records registry's job gets trickier, though. They must vigorously screen applications for birth certificates to make sure that they're only providing birth certificates to those who should receive them. Those on the list of "shoulds" include the person named on the certificate, the next of kin, and that person's legal guardian or representative.

In short, it's tricky work for the vital records office! This is often why, when you apply for a copy of your own birth certificate, you may experience a delay in receiving it. However, convenient online services have sprung up over the last few years to bridge that service gap and deliver birth certificates in a more timely manner.


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