Georgia Birth Records Search

Georgia’s Department of Public Health handles all GA birth records for the state. They have been keeping them on record since January of 1919. Some local offices may have older records too. If you wish to perform Georgia birth records search, they make it quite easy for you to get a copy of your birth certificate.

You will first need to fill out an application and verify your identity through one of the methods below: driver’s license, state ID card, passport, military ID, unexpired consulate card, debit card with a picture on it, employer, school, inmate, DMV, transportation ID or a weapons carrying license.

Georgia birth records are private, and only people with a direct and tangible interest can request a copy of yours such as: you, if you are 18 or older, your parents, an authorized legal guardian, your grandparents, adult children, siblings. your spouse, your attorney or a state or Federal Government agency

You can download the application to get Georgia Public birth records and then bring it with you to one of the local offices or mail it in.

Types of GA Birth Records

The state only offers one type of birth certificate, and that is an official certified copy to be used for all government purposes. You can verify your identity to enroll in school, the military, get a driver’s license or apply for a passport.

It does, however, offer services for you to obtain an apostille or an exemplified copy of your birth record. You must specify that you need this when applying for your certified copy. You will need the name of the foreign country. For more information on this service and the fees related to either type contact the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Authority at 404-327-6023.

State Population

Current estimates of Georgia’s population are 10.55 million people. It is the 10th fastest growing state with an annual growth rate of 1.19% and the 8th most populated state that recently surpassed Michigan.

The state is also the 24th largest state with 59,425 square miles and a population density of 168.4 people per square mile, making it 18th in the U.S. It was established as one of the very first thirteen original U.S. States.

State Population
1 birth every 243 seconds

1 death every 365 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Georgia. The total population of Georgia is estimated at 10,313,620 people with 5,021,671 male and 5,291,949 female. There are 270,278 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.31% of the total population.

The Georgia Gender Ratio is 95 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.95. State’s gender ratio is lower 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

Georgia Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 12.63 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 130,042 total births — the lowest in Georgia history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 130,042, 3.30% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Georgia

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Georgia Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Georgia
Maine - 9.84Louisiana - 13.78
New Jersey - 10.92South Dakota - 14.32
New Hampshire - 9.11District Of Columbia - 14.47
Massachusetts - 9.74Arkansas - 13.07
Illinois - 11.83Minnesota - 12.68

Top 5 Counties in Georgia with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Georgia with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Georgia with the highest birth rate
Fayette County - 8.16Richmond County - 15.18
Forsyth County - 10.39DeKalb County - 14.94
Paulding County - 10.55Muscogee County - 14.75
Clarke County - 11.16Bibb County - 14.34
Cherokee County - 11.17Lowndes County - 14.00

Fertility Rate in GA

In Georgia the fertility rate based on historical data went from 65.40 to 60.07 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 61.09 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.32 to 28.29.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Georgia are Richmond County - 71.54, Muscogee County - 70.49 and Bibb County - 69.25. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Whitfield County69.09
Hall County67.7
DeKalb County66.21
Bartow County66.18
Carroll County63.57
Chatham County62.57
Houston County61.77
Columbia County61.03
Clayton County59.72
Cobb County59.64
Lowndes County59.37
Coweta County59.07
Gwinnett County58.91
Cherokee County57.53
Fulton County55.89
Douglas County55.67
Forsyth County54.15
Henry County52.67
Paulding County50.12
Fayette County47.82
Clarke County37.87

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Georgia Birth Certificate

You may visit the state Vital Records office or any local county office to get a copy. You may also perform Georgia birth records search online and get one through the mail or online with GoCertificates, ROVER or VitalChek. Walk-in service allows you to get your certificate the same day.

If you wish to mail in your application, send it and your fee of $25 to State Office of Vital Records - 1680 Phoenix Boulevard, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30349. Mail-in service takes about 8-10 weeks. If you want additional copies, each will cost another $5. All fees are non-refundable and must be paid via money order, or certified check made out to State Office of Vital Records.

Georgia Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $25.00
Organization: Georgia Department of Public Health; Vital Records
Address:2600 Skyland Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
Remarks: State office has records since January 1919. For earlier records in Atlanta or Savannah or other cities or counties, write to the Vital Records Office in the county where the event occurred. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $5.00 each. A certified check or money order should be made payable to Georgia Department of Public Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (404) 679-4702. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Georgia Department of Public Health website. The requestor must provide a photocopy of a valid government-issued photo ID..