Getting a Nevada birth record is not a difficult task as the rules and regulations around vital records in this state are not too strict. As long as you are a relative by blood or marriage, you can request a certified copy of a birth certificate. All you need to do is fill out the required form, pay the fee and you will get your documents mailed back to you. There doesn't seem to be any restrictions on the degree of the relationship or the age of the document.
Non-relatives can only request birth documents if there is a verifiable legal need for them, though they do not seem to require any documentation be submitted to prove this when you make your application.
The state began keeping a central collection of birth records in July of 1911, so you will only be able to request records that far back from the Vital Records office. You can do further research of older records if you contact the county where the birth took place and made your request there. Many counties have their own archives of records that were not added to the state files, dating beyond 1911.
To put in a request for a Nevada birth record with the Vital Records office, you have to print out the forms that are available at the Health and Human Services website (http://health.nv.gov/PDFs/FP_Forms/2010-12/birthcertapp.pdf) and complete all the information. Send those along with the required fees to the Office of Vital Records, 4150 Technology Way, Suite 104, Carson City NV 89706 USA.
The fee for a Nevada birth record is currently $20 USD, but you should verify that on the form before sending in the application as the fees do change from time to time. You can send in your fees by check or money order made out to the "Office of Vital Records and Statistics".
You need to provide as much information as you can about the certificate you are looking for, so include the person's full name, date of birth, place of birth, and their parent's names (complete maiden name for the mother). Lack of information can mean they are unable to locate the right Nevada birth record that you want.
You also need to identify yourself, and include a photo copy of your own photo identification (such as a driver's license). Make sure to include both sides of your ID.
As mentioned earlier, many counties have older Nevada birth records than the office of Vital Records does. In many cases, you can find birth registrations to 1887or even a little earlier in some areas. The Nevada State Library and Archives has some information on where to look for these older records (http://nsla.nevadaculture.org). Just search for "birth records".
They have further links to some online indexes for Carson City and Ormsby County, and Episcopal Church records that go back to 1862. These are all great resources for tracking down that elusive bit of birth information.
To receive a birth certificate fill out the Nevada Birth Records Certificate Mail-in Form. Mail your application to:
You may retrieve Nevada birth certificates dating back to the year 1911 from the state office. For an earlier copy you will need to apply to the County Recorder in the county of birth. There is a fee of $13.00, which may be paid with either personal check or money order. You may be asked to prove relationship or eligibility to receive any requested information. You will need to show a photo ID, and fill out appropriate forms of request. For more information visit:
Making A Request For Nevada Birth Records
For births that occurred after July 1, 1911, you can contact the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services for copies of Nevada birth records. The Department handles all requests for Nevada birth records that are made in person and by mail.
Ways To Place An Order
You can order Nevada birth records by visiting the Department in person or by mailing in a request. For persons who prefer to pay by credit card, there is also the option to order online through an independent company for an additional fee.
Availability of Records
Nevada birth records are considered private information, and therefore are available only to authorized individuals. To make a request, you must be the person listed, an immediate relative or guardian, or a legal representative.