To obtain a copy of your birth certificate, you could come into the office or write to us. First, however, you’ll want to make sure we have your birth certificate. If you were born in Polk County, your parents were married at the time of your birth and you were not adopted, we should have your record. We also have single parent birth's after July of 1995. We will not have your birth certificate if you were born in the years 1921 through 1941. If you come into the office, we’ll have you fill out an application, look at your I.D. and collect a $20.00 fee. We’ll get it ready while you wait as long as you’re here before 4:00 p.m. If you write to us, give us your name, date of birth, place of birth and both parents’ names including mother’s maiden. Tell us what you need the birth certificate for, and be sure to sign your request*. Enclose a $20.00 fee in the form of a cash, check or money order please. Once we receive your request, we’ll mail it out the following day.
*All signatures must be notarized. If the request is by mail, the applicant must sign in front of a Notary Public and include a clear photocopy of the applicant's current government-issued photo identification.