Birth certificates for persons born in the State of Arizona – Yavapai County Vital Records can only provide certified birth certificates, that were issued between 1990 to present, as well as amendments/corrections from 1997 to the present, with proper documentation, upon receipt of payment.
Death certificates for persons who died in the State of Arizona – Yavapai County Vital Records can only provide certified death certificates, that were issued between 2008 to the present, with proper documentation, upon receipt of payment.
Birth Certificates are needed for:
Death certificates are needed for personal records (keepsake), estate and personal business matters.
Only persons 18 years of age or older may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate.
Arizona is a “closed record” state. This means that vital records are not public record. Arizona law restricts the public’s access to vital records as follows to protect the confidentiality rights of our citizens. Arizona Administrative Code R9-19-403 specifies that only the following may receive a certified copy of a birth certificate:
Only persons 18 years of age or older may obtain a certified copy of a death certificate.
Arizona is a “closed record” state. This means that vital records are not public record. Arizona law restricts access to vital records to protect the confidentiality rights of our citizens. Arizona Administrative Code R9-19-405 specifies that only the following persons may receive a certified copy of a death certificate:
By law (ARS36-301) “Family Member” means:
Funeral Homes may order death certificates for spouse or immediate family members.
Anyone other than an immediate family member who wants to get a death certificate must apply in person to the Vital Records Office. Bring government issued photo ID and supporting documentation to prove legal interest.
Death Certificate Application: English
Fee is $20.00 per certificate for birth or death. Acceptable payment methods are: credit cards (all credit card payments will have a fee), cash, cashier’s checks, money orders, personal checks; made payable to YCCHS (Yavapai County Community Health Services).
You can mail your application to: YCCHS, Attn Vital Records, 1090 Commerce Dr, Prescott, AZ 86305 or you can drop it off at any of our three locations.
The application must include supporting documentation to prove legal interest and a valid U.S. government issued picture I.D. showing applicant’s signature or notarized signature. Contact us at 928-771-3125 for acceptable forms of proof. We accept credit cards, cash, checks, money orders and cashier checks. Please do not send cash in the mail.
Vital Records provides a state service at a county level. Advantages for Yavapai County residents and others include:
Vital Records provides birth and death certificates. This helps families to plan vacations, enroll children in school or apply for after-school jobs or play on baseball teams.
Death certificates are needed when handling estate matters after someone has died.
Having this service available locally, and by mail, reduces travel time and expense. It is a convenient public service for residents born in Arizona and for the family members of those who have died in Arizona.
Vital Records is located at 1090 Commerce Drive Prescott.
Vital Records is a “Mail Order-only Facility.” Birth and Death Certificates are processed within 7 – 10 days.
Vital Records lock boxes and application forms for birth certificates are available at the following locations:
County Administration Building Lobby
10 S. Sixth Street
Yavapai County Community Health Services
1090 Commerce Drive
Yavapai County Community Health Services
3212 N. Windsong Drive
Call (928) 771-3125 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, or send a fax to (928) 771-3129.
Note: If you are calling from outside the Prescott area, please visit the Yavapai County Switchboard page for a listing of local and toll-free phone numbers you may use. If you choose to email Vital Records (firstname.lastname@example.org), please put “Birth Certificate” or “Death Certificate” into the subject line of your email.