Wyoming became the 44th state to join the Union in 1890 though its history of European settlement began much earlier. Many regions began collecting birth and death registrations roughly around the same time, though most were doing so earlier by a few years.
The state itself has been gathering birth records since July 1909, and these Wyoming birth records can be accessed from the central Vital Records office in Cheyenne. Documents with a birth date more recent than 100 years is confidential but older records can be requested by anyone. When looking for 100-year old records (or older), you will have to look to the Wyoming State Archives as the Vital Records office no longer holds them.
Until that point, Wyoming birth records are strictly regulated by the office and will not be issued to anyone except the person who is on the record or their parents. No other relationship is accepted unless there is a tangible legal need for the document. Then you will have to provide notarized proof.
If you are eligible to make such a records request, you just have to send a completed form and a search fee to the Vital Statistics office. Their address is: Vital Statistics Services, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne WY, 82002 USA. They are open during usual business hours and you can also send in your application by mail if it is more convenient.
Get the form from their website (http://wdh.state.wy.us/Media.aspx?mediaId=4992) and complete it in full. To get a Wyoming birth record, you have to supply the full name of the person on the record, their date of birth, place of birth and both parent's full names (give the mother's maiden name). You need to provide your own name and address as well.
The current fee to order a Wyoming birth record is $13 USD and can be paid by check or money order, made out to "Vital Records Services". Refunds are not issued for records not found, so ensure you have the correct information on your form to begin with.
Also included in your application will be a photocopy of your own photo ID (driver's license, state ID card etc), or have your signature notarized if you do not have suitable identification. Along with a stamped self-addressed envelope, you can now make your records request.
When doing research for Wyoming birth records that are older than 100 years, you need to access the Wyoming State Archives document collection. They don't have any material or indexes available on their website (http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/index.asp) but you can visit their research room in person during weekdays and usual business hours. The archives are located at 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne.
Though the state started gathering Wyoming birth records in 1909, many counties or towns had their own registrations earlier than that. The extent of these records depends on the county of origin. Fremont County, for example, has some records from 1884 but Laramie County's registrations only go back to 1896.
To request Wyoming birth certificates by mail, you will need to complete the following:
Download, complete, and print a Wyoming Birth Certificate request form.
Obtain a copy of your government-issued photo ID to include. If you do not have a photo ID, have your signature on the application notarized.
Return the application and identification to the address listed below. You will also need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for your certificate to be returned to you, as well as a check or money order covering the $13 search fee.
If you have any additional questions regarding the access of Wyoming birth records, you can contact the office below:
Wyoming Department of Health
Vital Records Services
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Method For Obtaining Wyoming Birth Records
If you are interested in obtaining Wyoming birth records, then you will need to contact the Wyoming Department of Health. The Department of Health is responsible for maintaining the records of births that occurred in the state.
How To Order Wyoming Birth Records
Wyoming birth records are only available by mailed request. To expedite your service, you can select to have your record returned by an alternate carrier other than first class mail for an additional fee.
Limited Access To Birth Records
Wyoming birth records are considered to be private information, and subsequently, access to these records is limited. In order to make a request, you must be 18 years of age and the person listed on the record, a parent named on the record, a legal guardian, or a legal representative of one of these people.