Vital Statistics Information

If you need a birth or death certificate, or a paternity acknowledgement form, the health department keeps these forms in stock for you to send to Frankfort.

The Vital Statistics Registrar is also available to assist you with the completion of the forms. The following is information reprinted from a Cabinet for Health Services Vital Statistics handout that answers the most commonly asked questions.

Certificates: How do I get a birth, death, or marriage certificate?

(1) Mail in a written request to Vital Statistics with your check or money order. This takes approximately 30 working days.

(2) Telephone in your order to 502-564-4212. Requires a credit card and takes four to five working days to process, plus mail time.

(3) Walk into our Frankfort Vital Statistics office at 275 East Main Street. Allow one hour (must be at office by 3:30 p.m.)

Cost of a Certificate:

Birth Certificate, $10.00

Death Certificate, $6.00

Marriage Certificate, $6.00

Divorce Record, $6.00

How long does it take to get a certificate?

Mail-in: 30 working days

Telephone order: four to five working days, plus mail time

Walk-in: one hour (must be at office by 3:30 p.m.)

Changes to Last Name or Date of Birth on Birth Certificate Requires a court order from a district court, the probate division. The cost depends on the county. The range is $15 to $50.

Changes to Death Certificate: Only the funeral director, the informant, or a physician or coroner can make the request. The Vital Statistics Office can also make the change upon receipt of a court order.

Misspellings: Telephone the Amendment Section at 502-564-4212, ext.5512 or write Vital Statistics, 275 East Main Street, 1E-A, Frankfort, Kentucky 40621.

Paternity (Examples: Add father’s name to birth certificate after the fact. Change child’s name from mother’s maiden name.) Requires a two-part affidavit or a court order. Pick up the affidavit in any local health department, county attorney’s office, or child support office. Mail it in to Vital Statistics office or bring it in to the office.

Years of Records on File

Births: 1911 to present

Deaths: 1911 to present

Divorces: June 1958 to present Marriages: June 1958 to present


For more information visit the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics