Who can pick up my birth certificate in the case I cannot pick up my own?

State law dictates No aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, ex-spouse, unlisted father, step parent (not listed on certificate), or non-relative may pick up your certificate without power of attorney or direct interest documentation.

The only relative who has the authority to pick up your certificate (with appropriate ID) is :

  • Mother or Father (Must be listed on certificate.)
  • Grandmother or Grandfather (Must be parent of a parent listed on the record & show birth certificate of said parent of grandchild & valid ID.)
  • Brother or Sister over the age of 18 (With their own birth certificate & ID.)
  • Wife or husband (With marriage license & ID.)
  • Court appointed legal guardian or appointed power of attorney (Must provide guardianship papers with court seal & valid ID.)
  • 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.)
  • Genealogy - Individual named on certificate must be 75 years old and deceased (Must provide proof of death.)

To verify direct relationship we will cross reference the names on the certificate & ID with who is petitioning for the certificate.

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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?