Kentucky Birth Records Search

Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of Vital Statistics is the agency in charge of keeping and issuing birth certificates. They have been collecting and maintaining Kentucky birth records since 1911.

When you fill out an application for a Kentucky birth record search you will need to provide the following information: full name of the person on record, full birth date, the county of birth, mother’s full name along with her maiden name, father’s full name, name and address of the person requesting a copy, phone number and email address, the number of copies you are requesting, your relationship to the person on record.

If you are requesting a certificate for a person who was adopted, you must supply adoption information as well.

You will also have to verify your identity using one of the following: driver’s license, state ID card, work photo ID, school photo ID, passport, military ID or a government-issued ID.

Types of Kentucky Birth Records

Kentucky offers certified copies of birth records for live and stillbirths. Certified birth certificates are legal to use in all government agencies to obtain a driver’s license, military ID or apply for school or other government positions.

A certified copy verifies your identity. Kentucky does not offer any free or photocopied certificates.

Kentucky Population

Kentucky’s current population is estimated at 4.47 million people based on the last census performed in 2010 and an annual growth rate of 0.47% making Kentucky the 26th largest state and ranking 34th regarding growth. It has a total surface area of 40,409 square miles and 110 people per square mile making their population density pretty strong and ranking them 22nd overall in the country. Initially, Kentucky was part of Virginia until 1792 when it became its own state.

State Population
1 birth every 569 seconds

1 death every 854 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Kentucky. The total population of Kentucky is estimated at 4,436,113 people with 2,185,042 male and 2,251,071 female. There are 66,029 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.74% of the total population.

The Kentucky 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

Kentucky Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 13.09 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 55,449 total births — the lowest in Kentucky history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 55,449, 1.41% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Kentucky

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Kentucky Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Kentucky
Arizona - 11.68Utah - 16.47
Connecticut - 9.29District Of Columbia - 14.47
Minnesota - 12.68Texas - 14.03
Rhode Island - 9.04Alaska - 15.12
Delaware - 11.55South Dakota - 14.32

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

Top 5 counties in Kentucky with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Kentucky with the highest birth rate
Fayette County - 12.84Kenton County - 14.12
Jefferson County - 12.92Hardin County - 13.43
Warren County - 13.06Boone County - 13.08
Boone County - 13.08Warren County - 13.06
Hardin County - 13.43Jefferson County - 12.92

Kentucky Fertility Rate

In Kentucky the fertility rate based on historical data went from 66.03 to 65.05 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 65.35 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.05 to 27.91.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Kentucky are Kenton - 72.22, Hardin - 70.6 and Boone - 67.8. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Jefferson County65.1
Warren County57.21
Fayette County55.99

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Kentucky Birth Certificate

You can obtain a Kentucky birth certificate by visiting the office in person, by ordering through the mail, phone or online. Copies of certified certificates cost $10 each. The fee is non-refundable regardless of whether your Kentucky birth record search yields any results or not.

Regardless of what type of Kentucky birth record you request, the processing time will be approximately 30 days. You must make all checks and money orders out to the Kentucky State Treasurer. You can pay by credit card when ordering online or by phone.

If ordering by mail, return the application, fee, and verification of your identity to: Office of Vital Statistics 275 E. Main St. 1E-A Frankfort, KY 40621 You may also visit that office in person for a same-day copy, and you can call them if you have any questions at (502) 564-4212.

Kentucky Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $6.00
Organization: Office of Vital Statistics; Department for Public Health; Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Address:275 East Main Street 1E-A, Frankfort, KY 40621
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 Kentucky 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.