Nebraska Birth Records Search

Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services collects, maintains and issues birth records for the state. They have been keeping Nebraska birth records since 1904. Some records exist that are older than 1904.

Nebraska birth records are private, and only you, your spouse, your parent or your child may get a copy of your specific record. The only other people who can gain access are: a legal representative with documentation, a government agency, someone performing genealogy, a legal guardian or the executor of your will.

You can apply for a Nebraska birth record search, but if no record is found, they will notify you in writing. The fees are non-refundable regardless of whether or not they locate your birth certificate.

You must also bring a valid, government-issued photo ID or send in a copy with your mailed application. Examples are driver’s license, passport, state ID, or military ID.

You will need the following information when applying:

  • Full name of the person on the birth record.
  • Birthdate.
  • City of birth.
  • County of birth.
  • Father’s full name.
  • Mother’s full name.
  • Adoption status.
  • The purpose of the application.
  • Applicant’s name, address, phone, and email address.

If you are not the person named in the Nebraska birth record, you need to prove your relationship to that person. Your application must also be signed to be valid.

Types of Nebraska Birth Records

Nebraska offers only certified copies of birth certificates to Nebraska residents. A certified copy is legal proof of your identity, and you can use it for any government purpose such as applying for retirement benefits, to school or the military or getting a driver’s license or passport.

Nebraska does offer services to amend an incorrect birth record or file a delayed birth record. You can contact them directly for more information about these services.

Nebraska Population

Nebraska has a current population of 1.93 million people. Positioned in the center of the U.S., Nebraska is ranked 25th regarding population growth and has a steady annual rate of 0.80%.

With a surface area of 77,354 square miles and only 23.8 people per square mile, Nebraska ranks 16th as the largest state in the country and 43rd concerning population density.

Nebraska was part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 but became its own state in March of 1867.

State Population
1 birth every 1187 seconds

1 death every 1781 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Nebraska. The total population of Nebraska is estimated at 1,907,603 people with 951,217 male and 956,386 female. There are 5,169 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.14% of the total population.

The Nebraska 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

Nebraska Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 13.93 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 26,589 total births — the lowest in Nebraska history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 26,589, 0.67% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Nebraska

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Nebraska Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Nebraska
New Mexico - 11.82Alaska - 15.12
South Carolina - 11.66Utah - 16.47
Wyoming - 12.61North Dakota - 15.04
Illinois - 11.83Texas - 14.03
Idaho - 13.70South Dakota - 14.32

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

Top 5 counties in Nebraska with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Nebraska with the highest birth rate
Sarpy County - 13.76Douglas County - 15.91
Douglas County - 15.91Sarpy County - 13.76
Lancaster County - 12.98

Nebraska Fertility Rate

In Nebraska the fertility rate based on historical data went from 72.51 to 69.83 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 72.22 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.78 to 28.90.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Nebraska are Douglas - 76.04, Sarpy - 67.49 and - . 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 a Nebraska Birth Certificate

Nebraska charges $17 for a birth record search and certificate. You must make checks payable to Vital Records.

If you want to request a copy of your birth certificate in writing, mail your paperwork to:

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public Health, Vital Records, P.O. Box 95065, Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

Processing time is 7-10 days for mail-in requests.

You may also order your birth certificate online through VitalChek. Genealogy requests cannot be processed through VitalChek; you must visit in person or apply by mail.

If you have questions or need additional information, you can contact them at (402) 471-2871.

Nebraska Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $17.00
Organization: Nebraska Vital Records
Address:P.O. Box 95065, Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
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 Nebraska 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.