Kansas Birth Records Search

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment handles all birth records and issues certificates upon request. This office maintains more than 10 million records. Kansas began keeping birth records in July of 1911, but they do have some records dating back t the 1860’s.

Kansas birth records are private, and only the following people can get a copy of yours: you, if you are 18 or older, parent listed on the record, legal guardian, your children, grandchildren, your spouse, aunts or uncles.

You must also provide a valid, photo ID as well. Some examples are a government-issued driver’s license or ID, military ID, state ID, passport, visa, permanent resident card, concealed carry handgun license, alien registration card or voter’s registration card.

When doing a Kansas birth records search, the criteria will cover five years and any birth records within that period.

When applying, you will need details about the person on record, your relationship to them along with name change or adoption information if applicable. You will also have to sign the application. Applications are only good for a 12-month period.

Types of Kansas Birth Records

Kansas offers only certified copies of your birth record upon request.

A certified copy of your birth certificate is a legal document that you can use to obtain a driver’s license, passport, apply for school or the military. It is perfectly acceptable to use with all government agencies to verify your identity.

Kansas also offers services to amend birth certificates or file delayed certificates of birth.

Kansas Population

Kansas has a population of 2.92 million people and is considered the 15th largest state in the country. It has an annual growth rate of 0.57% making it the 31st state in America regarding population.

Although the state has a vast mass area of 82,277 square miles, population density shows only 34.9 people per square mile. That fact makes it the 40th most densely populated state in the U.S. With a population of 389,000 people Wichita is the most populated city in Kansas.

The state area was included in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 but then became its own territory in 1854 and finally became a U.S. state on January 29, 1861.

State Population
1 birth every 829 seconds

1 death every 1244 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Kansas. The total population of Kansas is estimated at 2,907,731 people with 1,448,713 male and 1,459,018 female. There are 10,305 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.18% of the total population.

The Kansas 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

Kansas Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 13.05 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 38,053 total births — the lowest in Kansas history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 38,053, 0.96% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Kansas

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Kansas Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Kansas
Washington - 12.55Texas - 14.03
Wisconsin - 11.35Oklahoma - 13.53
New Jersey - 10.92Iowa - 13.18
Illinois - 11.83Kentucky - 13.09
New York - 11.15Alaska - 15.12

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

Top 5 counties in Kansas with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Kansas with the highest birth rate
Shawnee County - 12.29Wyandotte County - 16.45
Johnson County - 12.59Sedgwick County - 14.28
Sedgwick County - 14.28Johnson County - 12.59
Wyandotte County - 16.45Shawnee County - 12.29
Douglas County - 9.85

Kansas Fertility Rate

In Kansas the fertility rate based on historical data went from 75.69 to 65.35 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 68.12 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.02 to 28.25.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Kansas are Wyandotte - 81.19, Sedgwick - 71.89 and Shawnee - 66.55. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Douglas County37.88

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Kansas Birth Certificate

Kansas offers four ways to get a copy of your birth certificate: walk-in service, online, by phone or by mail.

If you want instant walk-in service, you can visit the Curtis State Office Bldg. located at 1000 SW Jackson, Ste. 120, Topeka, KS 66612 any weekday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. It will only take 15-20 minutes for processing.

Kansas charges a $15 fee for Kansas birth record searches and $15 for each additional copy. Regardless of how the search turns out the fee is non-refundable. Expedited services may cost more.

Phone and Internet orders will take between 3-5 days, and if you order by mail, you will wait about ten days.

Kansas Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $15.00
Organization: Office of Vital Statistics; Curtis State Office Building
Address:1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 120, Topeka, Ka 66612-2221
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 Kansas 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.