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Vital Records

Vital records and vital events are defined as birth, death, fetal deaths (stillbirth), induced termination of pregnancy, marriage and divorce certificates and reports. Georgia Code Chapter 31-10, and Georgia Department of Public Health Regulation 511-1-3 specify the scope and authority of the Georgia vital records program.

State Office of Vital Records
1680 Phoenix Boulevard, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30349

(404) 679-4702

Hours of operation:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Baby Footprints and Parent Hands
Birth Certificates

A birth certificate is an official recording of a birth that occurred in the state of Georgia. A birth record may be used for a number of reasons including to establish one’s identity, enroll in school, and apply for a driver’s license. At the State Office, birth records are available from January 1919 to the present. Some counties may have older birth records in their files. Those county Vital Records offices may be contacted directly.

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Gravestone with Yellow Flowers
Death Certificates

A death certificate is an official recording of the cause, date, and place of a person’s death that is signed by a physician. A death record may be used for a number of reasons including to settle estates, claim life insurance benefits, and claim pensions. At the State Office, death records are available from January 1919 to the present for deaths that occurred in the State of Georgia.