How to Prove Relationship

If you are requesting a certification (an informational copy of a vital record not valid for legal purposes), you do not need to provide proof of relationship.

View what you will need to provide:

  • Your child’s birth certificate: You don’t need any additional documents.
  • Your grandparent’s vital record: You must establish that you are the person’s grandchild by providing proof that links the name on your identification to the name of the grandparent.
  • Your own birth certificate and you have assumed your spouse’s/civil union partner’s surname: You must provide a copy of the certified copy of your marriage/civil union certificate to link the name on your current identification to the name on your birth certificate.
  • Your parent’s or sibling’s vital record: You must provide a copy of your birth certificate. If you have assumed your spouse's/civil union partner's last name you must also provide a copy of your marriage/civil union certificate to link the name on your current identification to the name on your birth certificate.
  • Your spouse’s/civil union partner’s birth certificate: You must provide a copy of your marriage/civil union certificate.

Grandparent's Record

If you changed your last name after marriage/civil union and want a grandparent’s vital record, you must:

  • Provide the parent’s birth certificate to identify the grandparent
  • Provide your birth certificate to identify your parent
  • Provide your marriage/civil union certificate to show your name at birth

Qualified Persons

If you are not a person qualified to get a certified copy of a record, but you are helping a person receive a certified copy of a vital record they are eligible to receive you must show your valid identification and a notarized, written release authorizing you to get the record on that person’s behalf or you can supply a written release from the person you are helping along with a copy of that person’s valid photo identification.

Attorney

  • If you are an attorney who is executor of an estate you must supply proof of appointment as the executor.
  • If you are an attorney who is the legal representative of the executor of an estate you must supply proof of legal retainer by the executor and proof of the appointment of the individual as the executor.
  • If you are an attorney who is the legal representative of an individual that is eligible to receive a certified copy of a vital record you must supply proof of legal retainer by the eligible individual and their proof of relationship.
  • If you are an attorney who needs a certified copy of a vital record and you are not the legal representative of an eligible person you must obtain a court order directing the State Registrar to issue a certified copy of the record. A subpoena is not sufficient to issue a copy of a vital record.