Is this birth certificate a legal document?

Yes. All East Chicago birth certificates are stamped with the Health Officer signature, and given a textured seal. This certificate is legal and can be used for:

  • Bureau of Motor Vehicles / Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Government Assistance Program Verification
  • Government Verification
  • Job Verification
  • Passports

This certificate does NOT include mother's maiden name or time of birth.

This certificate is NOT a long form certificate and NOT valid for an Apostille seal application. 

This certificate is NOT valid for dual citizenship applications.

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