Idaho Birth Records Search

Idaho’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics collects, maintains and issues all birth records. They have been keeping Idaho birth records since 1911. However, some towns may have older records in the archives.

Idaho keeps birth records private until the age of 100 then they become public record.

When requesting an Idaho birth record search for yours, you must have the following information: your full name, your full address, contact phone number, your relationship to the party listed on the record, the purpose for the request, your signature, the person on record’s full name, date of birth, mother's and father's full name.

You will also need to provide photo proof of your identity by supplying one of the following: driver’s license, state, trial, prison ID card, passport, concealed weapons permit or a government-issued ID.

Only immediate family members can request a copy of your birth certificate such as your parents, legal guardian, siblings, spouse, children or grandchildren.

Types of Idaho Birth Records

After performing an Idaho birth records search, there are two types of certificates you can order:

Certified Computer Generated Copy - a computer generated copy is an official copy of your birth certificate that you can use for proof of identity in many legal and government situations.

Photocopy - a photocopy is a copy of the original document and is also legal to use as proof of your identity in all situations.

Idaho can also make amendments to existing birth records to add a parent, change gender or other information. This service takes a few weeks and costs an extra $25.

Idaho Population

Idaho’s current population is 1.75 million people. Since the last census in 2010, this represents an annual growth rate of .9%.

Idaho is a large state ranked as the 39th largest state in the country. Regarding surface area, Idaho is the 14th biggest state with 83,570 square miles of area. Illinois is a sparsely populated state with only 19 people for every square of surface area. The Rocky Mountains and uninhabitable terrain are the reason for this.

Idaho became a territory in 1863 after being acquired as part of the Oregon Territory in 1846.

State Population
1 birth every 1403 seconds

1 death every 2105 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are less women than men in Idaho. The total population of Idaho is estimated at 1,680,026 people with 841,679 male and 838,347 female. There are 3,332 less more women than men in the state, which is 49.90% of the total population.

The Idaho Gender Ratio is 100 men to 100 women (99:100) or 1.00. 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

Idaho Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 13.70 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 22,482 total births making it higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 22,482, 0.57% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Idaho

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Idaho Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Idaho
California - 12.30South Dakota - 14.32
Alabama - 12.25Texas - 14.03
Hawaii - 12.01Alaska - 15.12
Vermont - 9.35Louisiana - 13.78
Wisconsin - 11.35Nebraska - 13.93

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

Top 5 counties in Idaho with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Idaho with the highest birth rate
Kootenai County - 11.37Bonneville County - 17.02
Canyon County - 14.78Canyon County - 14.78
Bonneville County - 17.02Kootenai County - 11.37
Ada County - 11.36

Idaho Fertility Rate

In Idaho the fertility rate based on historical data went from 73.29 to 71.07 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 69.80 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.17 to 27.93.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Idaho are Bonneville - 86.49, Canyon - 73.47 and Ada - 56.99. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain an Idaho Birth Certificate

The Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics allows you to request a copy of your Idaho birth record by mail or online. You can also order expedited service by putting RUSH on the outside of the envelope.

First, you must complete a Certificate Request Form and return to the office along with payment of fees and verification of your identity.

When ordering by mail send all your paperwork to Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics PO Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720-0036.

For a computer-generated, certified copy the fee is $16 and $21 for a photocopy. For rush handling, add another $10.

Standard processing time is 2-3 weeks for a copy of your birth certificate. You may also order online at VitalChek for faster processing.

Idaho Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $16.00 Computer Generated
$21.00 Photo Static copy and $16.00 for additional Photo Static copies
Organization: Vital Records Unit; Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
Address:P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0036
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Idaho Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.