Indiana Birth Records Search

The Indiana State Department of Health is responsible for maintaining and issuing all birth records. Indiana has records dating back to October of 1907.

Indiana makes it easy for you to obtain a copy of your Indiana Birth record by visiting a local health office, or in person, by mail or online.

First, you must verify your eligibility to obtain the record. Only the following people can get a copy of your Indiana birth record: you, if you are 18 or older, parents listed on the record, grandparent of a parent listed on the record, adult sibling, adult child, adult grandchildren, current spouse, aunt or uncle, someone performing genealogy, a court-appointed legal guardian, your attorney, a state or federal agency or your stepparent.

Before being allowed to perform an Indiana birth record search, you will also need to have a copy of a valid, photo ID such as: driver’s license, military ID, passport, school ID, veteran’s ID, Green Card, prison ID, work ID.

You must visit the local health department in the town you were born in. The state health department does not allow walk-in service.

Types of Indiana Birth Records

Indiana offers only one type of birth record, and that is a certified copy that is legal to use for purposes of education, the military, driver’s license, passports and with all government agencies.

They do offer Apostille service as well, and you can request it when you fill out your application.

You can contact their office at one of their local offices for more information.

Indiana Population

Indiana’s current population is estimated at around 6.7 million people. Indiana’s population density is 181 people per square mile making it the 16th most densely populated state in the country.

IT ranks as the 29th fastest growing state with a growth rate of .33%. Indiana has 36,418 square miles of land mass and is the 38th largest state in the U.S.

Indiana became a state in 1816 but was populated back to 1800. Indiana was initially part of the Northwest Territory but broke off to become a territory in 1800.

State Population
1 birth every 380 seconds

1 death every 570 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Indiana. The total population of Indiana is estimated at 6,634,007 people with 3,270,057 male and 3,363,950 female. There are 93,893 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.71% of the total population.

The Indiana Gender Ratio is 97 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.97. 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

Indiana Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 12.17 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 83,091 total births — the lowest in Indiana history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 83,091, 2.11% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Indiana

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Indiana Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Indiana
New York - 11.15Washington - 12.55
Wisconsin - 11.35Missouri - 12.47
Arizona - 11.68California - 12.30
New Jersey - 10.92Arkansas - 13.07
South Carolina - 11.66Virginia - 13.30

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

Top 5 counties in Indiana with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Indiana with the highest birth rate
Delaware County - 10.16Elkhart County - 15.34
Porter County - 10.43Marion County - 15.19
Hendricks County - 10.96Allen County - 13.91
Lake County - 11.64St. Joseph County - 13.29
Madison County - 11.65Tippecanoe County - 12.54

Indiana Fertility Rate

In Indiana the fertility rate based on historical data went from 62.08 to 61.03 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 64.25 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.07 to 27.92.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Indiana are Elkhart - 80.55, Allen - 69.71 and Marion - 69.22. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
St. Joseph County65.5
Clark County64.41
Madison County64.38
Johnson County62.59
Vanderburgh County62.21
Lake County60.48
Hamilton County60.03
Vigo County59.9
Hendricks County56.83
Porter County54.69
Tippecanoe County52.13
Delaware County44.68
Monroe County33.36

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain an Indiana Birth Certificate

You can visit any local health office to get a copy of your birth record. You can also order online or by phone. If you print out the application, you can also order through the mail.

Indiana charges a non-refundable $10 fee for every Indiana birth records search and $4 for each copy after. Amendments to existing documents cost $8 each. All checks and money orders must be made out to the Indiana State Department of Health. If you are applying by mail, send your completed application, with payment and valid ID to Vital Records, Indiana State Department of Health, PO Box 7125, Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125. Processing time may be up to 25 days.

You can also call them to order by phone at (866) 601-0891. Phone or online orders, processed through VitalChek, must be paid via credit card.

Indiana Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $10.00
Organization: Vital Records; Indiana State Department of Health
Address:P.O. Box 7125, Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125
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 Indiana 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.