Arizona Birth Records Search

The Bureau for Vital Records in Arizona is the agency that handles all Arizona birth records for the state. Although the state began collecting and maintaining AZ birth records in July of 1909, they do have some records dating back to 1855.

Arizona public birth records 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.

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 AZ Birth Records

There are only two types of birth records you can get in the area. 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.

The state does provide the following specialty services with Arizona birth records search.

  • Delayed Birth Registration
  • Foreign Born Registration
  • Adoptions
  • 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.

State Population

Currently, states population is roughly 7.12 million people. Since 2010 Arizona has seen growth by half a million. During 1990 - 2000 the state 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.

It was initially purchased from Mexico in 1848 and 1853 and finally became a U.S. state on February 4, 1912.

State Population
1 birth every 374 seconds

1 death every 561 seconds

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 states with a lower birth rate than Arizona Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Arizona
Delaware - 11.55Alaska - 15.12
New York - 11.15Missouri - 12.47
Vermont - 9.35Mississippi - 12.59
Florida - 10.28Illinois - 11.83
Oregon - 11.05Arkansas - 13.07

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
Yavapai County - 8.28Yuma County - 14.62
Mohave County - 8.78Navajo County - 13.61
Pinal County - 10.68Maricopa County - 12.76
Pima County - 11.24Cochise County - 12.16
Coconino County - 11.44Coconino County - 11.44

Fertility Rate in AZ

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 County - 81.16, Navajo County - 79.75 and Cochise County - 75.22. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Mohave County64.37
Pinal County63.63
Maricopa County63.27
Yavapai County62.32
Pima County58.37
Coconino County47.07

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 Arizona birth record via VitalCheck and even request them expedited. This service performs Arizona birth records search online 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.

Arizona Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: varies
Organization: Office of Vital Records; Arizona Department of Health Services
Address:P.O. Box 6018, Phoenix, AZ 85005
Remarks: State office has records since July 1909 and abstracts of records filed in counties before then. Some county offices in Arizona are able to provide certified copies of birth certificates. Please see the Arizona Department of Health Services website for a listing of county offices and associated fees. The State Office of Vital Records does not accept personal checks. A money order or cashier's check should be made payable to Office of Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (602) 364-1300. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Arizona Department of Health Services website. Applicants must submit a copy of picture identification or have their request notarized and need to include a self-addressed stamped envelope..