How long do hospitals keep birth certificates?

Answer Though hospitals may keep a record of the birth they do not keep birth certificates.

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When did birth certificates add the time of birth?

Each state has its own form for collecting birth information. The National Center for Health Statistics maintains statistics on all U.S. births. In 1989, time of birth was added to the NCHS Standa... Read More »

How do I order birth certificates?

Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website and search "Where to Write for Vital Records." Select the link for the appropriate state. Once you are on that state's website, you can usually d... Read More »

Who keeps birth certificates?

Individual state governments, not the federal government, keep birth certificates. Each state has an Office of Vital Records (or a similarly-named office, usually under the auspices of the state he... Read More »

How do I get original birth certificates?

Determine LocationDetermine where the birth certificate was issued. While the original birth certificate must remain on file in this office, certified copies of birth certificates can be provided. ... Read More »