Arizona Birth Records Search
The Bureau for Vital Records in Arizona is the agency that handles all birth records for the state. Although Arizona began collecting and maintaining birth records in July of 1909, they do have some records dating back to 1855.
Birth records in Arizona are “closed records.” However, you can quickly obtain a copy of your Arizona birth record if you are: you, and 18 years or older, your parents, spouse, grandparents, children- 18 or older, adult grandchildren, siblings, your legal guardian, an adoption agency, an authorized legal representative, government agency or someone who is performing genealogical research.
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When applying for a birth records search, you will need to provide a valid, photo ID such as driver’s license, passport, military or state ID to begin the process.
When ordering your birth certificate with expedited shipping, be aware that extra fees will apply.
Types of Arizona Birth Records
There are only two types of birth records you can get in Arizona. They are as follows:
Certified - this is an authorized, official certificate of birth that you can use to get a driver’s license, social security card, apply to school or the military or any other government purpose.
Non-Certified - this copy is for informational purposes only and should not be used for official use.
Arizona does provide the following specialty services with birth records searches.
- Delayed Birth Registration
- Foreign Born Registration
- Putative Father Registrations and Searches
- Corrections or Amendments of records for births that occurred before 1997 and deaths that occurred prior to 2008
The Bureau for Vital Records provides these services by appointment only.
Currently, Arizona’s population is roughly 7.12 million people. Since 2010 Arizona has seen growth by half a million. During 1990 - 2000 Arizona saw a growth rate of 40% making it the 2nd fastest growing state in the Union. Since then it has dropped to about 6.82%, making them the seventh fastest-growing state.
Phoenix and Tucson are the two largest cities. Maricopa County is the largest in the state covering nine cities and accounts for 60% of the total population.
Arizona was initially purchased from Mexico in 1848 and 1853 and finally became a U.S. state on February 4, 1912.
Population change from 2010-2016
Population by Gender
There are more women than men in Arizona. The total population of Arizona is estimated at 6,908,642 people with 3,434,258 male and 3,474,384 female. There are 40,126 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.29% of the total population.
The Arizona Gender Ratio is 99 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.99. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.
Gender ratio in 2016
Total population in 2016
Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016
Arizona Birth Statistics
The state's birth rate decreased to 11.68 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 84,520 total births — the lowest in Arizona history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 84,520, 2.14% of the number of nationwide registered births.
State Birth Rate
Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Arizona
Top 5 Counties in Arizona with the lowest/highest Birth Rate
|Top 5 counties in Arizona with the lowest birth rate||Top 5 counties in Arizona with the highest birth rate|
|Mohave County - 8.78||Yuma County - 14.62|
|Pinal County - 10.68||Navajo County - 13.61|
|Pima County - 11.24||Maricopa County - 12.76|
|Coconino County - 11.44||Cochise County - 12.16|
|Cochise County - 12.16||Coconino County - 11.44|
Arizona Fertility Rate
In Arizona the fertility rate based on historical data went from 72.21 to 67.37 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 63.53 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 26.53 to 27.40.
State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother
Fertility Rate By County
The top reproductive counties of Arizona are Yuma - 81.16, Navajo - 79.75 and Cochise - 75.22. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age
Where to Obtain an Arizona Birth Certificate
The Bureau of Vital Records in Arizona does not accept walk-in service for obtaining copies. You can, however, visit your local county health department office for same-day service.
You can order them online through the VitalChek network and even request them expedited. This service performs Arizona birth records searches for you to locate your birth certificate. You can pay by credit card when ordering.
The fee varies by county but most cost around $20 for each certified copy and $5 for a non-certified copy, plus a processing charge of $11.
Online ordering is quick and easy and takes only about 10 minutes. The Arizona birth record will be sent to you the next day.