What will my relative need to get my certificate?

Depending on the relation to you, different relatives will need different documentation. 

  • Mother - Will need valid driver’s license or valid state ID.
  • Father - So long as the father’s name is on your certificate, father will need valid driver’s license or valid state ID.
  • Paternal Grandparent - Paternal grandparents of grandchild will need their own son’s certificate and valid driver’s license or valid state ID.
  • Maternal Grandparent - Maternal grandparents of grandchild will need their own daughter’s certificate and valid driver’s license or valid state ID.
  • Sibling - So long as the sibling is over the age of 18 and has at least one parent in relation, they will need their own certified birth certificate (not xeroxed) and a valid driver’s license or valid state ID.
  • Wife/Husband - To pick up for spouse you will need your marriage license and your valid driver’s license or valid state ID. If you do not have the marriage license you will need to request it from the Lake County Clerk 219-755-3440.
  • No aunt, uncle, cousin, ex-spouse, or non-relative may pick up your certificate, unless they have direct interest such as court appointed guardianship, court appointed custody, estate beneficiary, inheritor, life insurance beneficiary, bank account closer, or other agency that requests the birth certificate.

Your relation needs to show a direct kinship to you. A relation should have at least one parent similar to the record on file to obtain 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. Who can pick up my birth certificate in the case I cannot pick up my own?
15. I am recently incarcerated, recently released from incarceration, in a shelter, in an institute, or am homeless. How can I request my birth certificate?
16. I am a social worker, shelter representative, or lawyer firm requesting a certificate for my client. What do I need?
17. Can I call ahead for my birth certificate and can I pay over the phone?
18. Can I request my certificate through the mail?
19. Can I purchase my certificate online?
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?