Oklahoma Birth Records Search

The Oklahoma State Department of Health maintains all OK birth records for the state.

By Oklahoma law, birth records are confidential and not open to the public. Therefore, only the following people may get a copy of your Oklahoma birth record: you, if you are a legal adult, your parent named on the record, your spouse, stepparent, your child, grandchild, adoptive parents, a legal guardian, your attorney or a genealogist.

When requesting an Oklahoma birth records search, you must verify your identity using one of the following forms of photo ID:

  • Driver’s license.
  • Government-issued ID.
  • Passport.
  • Tribal ID.
  • Self-defense license or concealed carry permit.
  • Resident card.
  • Employment Authorization.
  • Temporary resident ID.
  • Prison ID.

If you cannot produce one of the above, you can also supply two of another list of secondary forms of identification.

Types of OK Birth Records

The state offers two types of birth certificates for you to choose from.

  • Certified Copy - a certified copy is a legal document verifying your identity and is suitable to use for applying for a driver’s license, passport, school or the military.
  • Heirloom Copy - an heirloom copy is a decorative keepsake and not to be used as a legal document to verify identity. However, when you order an heirloom copy, you also receive a certified copy to use for identification.

It can also issue certificates for foreign births, amend incorrect certificates and add an Apostille stamp to a certificate.

State Population

Oklahoma’s current population is just below 4 million people. Concerning growth, it’s growth rate is 0.84% making it the 24th in the country.

The state has a low population density with just 54.7 people per square mile spread across 69,898 square miles of landmass. Oklahoma is the 20th largest state in the U.S. and the 35th most densely populated.

It was part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and then became a State in November of 1907.

State Population
1 birth every 600 seconds

1 death every 900 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Oklahoma. The total population of Oklahoma is estimated at 3,921,207 people with 1,942,871 male and 1,978,336 female. There are 35,465 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.45% of the total population.

The Oklahoma Gender Ratio is 98 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.98. 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

Oklahoma Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 13.53 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 52,592 total births — the lowest in Oklahoma history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 52,592, 1.33% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Oklahoma

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Oklahoma Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Oklahoma
Massachusetts - 9.74Idaho - 13.70
Kentucky - 13.09South Dakota - 14.32
Colorado - 11.83Alaska - 15.12
Rhode Island - 9.04Louisiana - 13.78
California - 12.30District Of Columbia - 14.47

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

Top 5 counties in Oklahoma with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Oklahoma with the highest birth rate
Cleveland County - 10.82Oklahoma County - 15.58
Canadian County - 13.04Tulsa County - 14.99
Comanche County - 14.39Comanche County - 14.39
Tulsa County - 14.99Canadian County - 13.04
Oklahoma County - 15.58Cleveland County - 10.82

Fertility Rate in OK

In Oklahoma the fertility rate based on historical data went from 72.07 to 66.53 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 68.44 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 26.34 to 27.53.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Oklahoma are Oklahoma County - 74.85, Tulsa County - 73.31 and Comanche County - 70.85. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Canadian County64.49
Cleveland County48.31

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain an Oklahoma Birth Certificate

You can obtain your birth certificate from three offices in person. Bring your completed application, photo ID and fees to one of the following:

  • Oklahoma City - Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 Northeast 10th, Oklahoma City, OK, Tulsa
  •  James O. Goodwin Health Center, 5051 S. 129th East Ave, Tulsa, OK, McAlester
  •  Pittsburg County Health Department, 1400 East College Avenue, McAlester, OK

Processing time for in-person visits is usually 1 hour.

You may also request a copy of your Oklahoma birth records search online and by mail by sending your paperwork to:

Vital Records Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health

Oklahoma Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $15.00
Organization: Vital Records Service; State Department of Health
Address:1000 Northeast 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Remarks: State office has records since October 1908. Personal check or money order should be made payable to OSDH. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (405) 271-4040. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies, eligibility requirements, and a list of acceptable IDs is also available via the Internet at http://vr.health.ok.gov/. A copy of a current legal photo ID from the applicant is required, as well as a completed application and appropriate fees. Commemorative heirloom certificates are also available: cost $35.00 and includes one (1) certified copy. Detailed description of the heirloom certificate is available at http://vr.health.ok.gov/..