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Health Director
Mary Gomez, MN

 

Contact Us

health@cochise.az.gov
 

Toll Free
1-800-423-7271

 

Benson   
126 W. 5th Street 
Benson, AZ 85602

(520) 586-8200

 

Bisbee  

(Main Office)
1415 Melody Lane Bldg. A 
Bisbee, AZ 85603
(520) 432-9400


Douglas  
1012 North G Avenue Ste 101
Douglas, AZ 85607
(520) 805-5600
 

 

Sierra Vista  

4115 E. Foothills Drive
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
(520) 803-3900


Willcox 
450 S. Haskell Avenue
Willcox, AZ 85643
(520) 384-7100
 

Cochise Health & Social Services

Birth Certificates 

Locations:        4115 E. Foothills Drive                                   1415 Melody Lane, Bldg. A
                          Sierra Vista, AZ 85635                                   Bisbee, AZ 85603
                          Phone: 520-803-3925                                    Phone: 520-432-9400

Email:               vitalrecords@cochise.az.gov

Office Hours:   Sierra Vista - Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm

                          Bisbee  - Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm 

Certificates We Provide - We provide certified copies of birth certificates for persons born from 1950 until the present. For birth certificates prior to 1950, you must apply directly to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records. You can click here to download a brochure with instructions on how to obtain a certified birth certificate copy directly from ADHS.  

Fees & Payments - The charge for a certified copy of a birth certificate is $15.00, payable by credit/debit card, cash, money order, or cashiers check. There is a minimum convenience fee of $2.00 for each credit/debit transaction. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, and AMERICAN EXPRESS.

We do not accept online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached either through its website, www.vitalchek.com, or by phone at 1-877-803-0609. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

Have an emergency? Need your birth certificate fast? 

Click on the icon above to visit the VitalChek Network, Inc. website and see if they can help.

 

How To Apply - Certified copies of birth certificates can be requested by visiting one of our offices, or by sending a request with all required documentation and payment via mail.  We do not accept requests via fax or email. The documentation needed to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate is:

  • Application Request Form CLICK HERE to download the form or it is also available at our local offices.
  • A government issued picture ID, i.e. a valid driver's license, state ID etc. with applicant's signature.
  • If not for self, documentation showing your relationship to the person the requested certificate is for.

Who may order and obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate?  **Only persons 18 years of age or older may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate.**

Note: An applicant presenting documents from a foreign country as proof of relationship or proof of legal interest must provide certified copies of the documents. Photocopies are not acceptable. The applicant must also provide a certified translation of the documents.

Arizona is a "closed record" state. That means that vital records are not public record. Arizona law restricts the public's access to vital records as follows to protect the confidentiality rights of our citizens. Arizona Administrative Code R9-19-403 specifies that only the following may receive a certified copy of a birth certificate: 

  • Registrant (self)
  • Parents 
  • Spouse 
  • Grandparent 
  • Adult Child 
  • Adult Brother or Sister 
  • Guardian Having Legal Custody or Control of a Minor Child 
  • Foster Parents 
  • Attorney Representing the Registrant 
  • Attorney Representing The Biological Parent(s) In An Adoption Proceeding 
  • Attorney Representing The Adoptive Parent(s) In An Adoption Proceeding 
  • Adoption Agencies Representing Adoptive Or Biological Parents 
  • Persons or Agencies Empowered by Statute or Appointed by a Court to Act on the Registrant's Behalf 
  • Genealogical 

Click here for a detailed description of each eligibility category given above.

To get more information from the Arizona Department of Health Service's Office of Vital Records please visit http://www.azdhs.gov/vitalrcd/index.htm, reach them by phone at (888) 816-5907 or (602) 364-1300, or by mail at Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records, 1818 West Adams, Phoenix, AZ 85007.