I am a social worker, shelter representative, or lawyer firm requesting a certificate for my client. What do I need?

The agency or representative is still responsible for sending a formal request on a client’s behalf through office visit, mail, or online order. All methods will require the advocate’s work ID (in place of the individual's license of ID), request on office letterhead, and payment.  Contact East Chicago Health DPT 219-391-8413.

  • Attorney representing person named on record (Must provide direct interest spelled out on letter head or court documents.)
  • State and Federal agencies (Must provide work ID as well as direct interest spelled out on letter head, court documents, or signed authorization from client.)
  • Social agency (Must provide work ID as well court documentation or signed authorization from client.)

Please note that the Health Department does not provide vouchers for birth certificates. The advocating entity or individual is responsible for payment.

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1. Is this birth certificate a legal document?
2. Does this birth certificate include my time of birth and mother’s maiden name?
3. Is this a long form birth certificate?
4. Can I request an Apostille seal from East Chicago?
5. Can I come to the East Chicago Health Department office for my birth certificate?
6. Can I get a social security card from here?
7. Do I need an appointment to get my birth certificate?
8. How long will the in office visit take?
9. My child was recently born, when will the certificate be ready?
10. I was adopted. Can I get my certificate here?
11. What will I need to get my birth certificate?
12. I do not have a valid driver’s license or state ID. What can I do?
13. Is the BMV issued temp paper ID accepted?
14. I am recently incarcerated, recently released from incarceration, in a shelter, in an institute, or am homeless. How can I request my birth certificate?
15. I am a social worker, shelter representative, or lawyer firm requesting a certificate for my client. What do I need?
16. Can I call ahead for my birth certificate and can I pay over the phone?
17. Can I request my certificate through the mail?
18. Can I purchase my certificate online?
19. Who can pick up my birth certificate in the case I cannot pick up my own?
20. What will my relative need to get my certificate?
21. My name and/or other information on my birth certificate is incorrect. What can I do?
22. My name has been changed, how do I get a new certificate?
23. Can I request a birth certificate from any Health Department?
24. I was born in Lake County can I request a birth certificate from East Chicago?
25. What is considered genealogy?