Navajo County Public Health Services District (NCPHSD), Office of Vital Records offers certified copies of Arizona births. We accept completed applications over the counter or by mail.
Birth certificates are issued:
- Monday through Thursday
- 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
We issue birth certificates from our office located at:
- 117 E. Buffalo Street, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
Certified birth certificates are issued from an Arizona electronic data-base. We are only able to issue what is in the data-base. Applicants coming to our office are served on a first come, first served basis. We can not accept applications via fax or email. Acceptable ID and the appropriate fee must be submitted along with a completed application. Please see the fee schedule below. We do not provide refunds for issued birth certificates. For more information, please call the Vital Records Office at (928) 524-4750
- Births prior to 1950 — NCPHSD cannot issue certificates for births that occurred prior to 1950. You must apply directly to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records.
- Births from 1950 through 1989 — NCPHSD is only able to issue an “As Is” birth certificate. The “As Is” birth certificate is an electronic certified copy of the birth certificate that contains limited information, such as the registrant’s name, date of birth, county of birth, gender and parent’s names. This birth certificate is acceptable for most uses, except for applying for a passport. Applications for “As Is” birth certificates will not be accepted via mail. You must apply in person. For a Complete birth certificate for births occurring from 1950 to 1989, you must apply to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records.
- Births 1990 to present — NCPHSD is able to issue certified birth certificates for these births. These certificates are considered complete.
- Delayed Births — When a child is not born in a hospital or birthing center, it is the responsibility of the parents to file a birth certificate with the Arizona Office of Vital Records. The parents have until the child’s first birthday to complete this. Any person born in Arizona whose birth was not registered within one year after the birth can apply for a delayed birth certificate. You must contact the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records. NCPHSD is not able to complete delayed birth certificates.
- Amendments and Corrections — NCPHSD can only correct or amend records for births occurring from 1997 to the present. To correct or amend a birth that occurred prior to 1997, you must contact the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records. See the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records, Forms for an Affidavit to Correct Birth Record. This form must be completed for an amendment or a correction. Most amendments and corrections require original documentation in addition to the completed form. Please call our office to find out what documents are required for the amendment or correction that needs to be made.
- Acknowledgement of Paternity — Arizona law (§36-334) requires that if a mother is not married at the time a child is born and has not been married any time during the preceding 10 months, no father will be named on the birth certificate unless both parents file sworn statements or unless so ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction. The Acknowledgement of Paternity form may be used to establish paternity for a child under the age of 18. If both parents are in agreement as to the identity of the biological father of a child they may establish paternity by filing an Acknowledgement of Paternity form in English & Spanish. These forms are available at all birthing hospitals, the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records, the Arizona Department of Economic Security's Child Support Enforcement offices and NCPHSD. Parents may choose to complete the Acknowledgment of Paternity at the hospital when the child is born or may do it later. The Acknowledgment of Paternity form must be completed in BLACK INK and may contain NO ERRORS. If there are any errors, white-outs, changes, strikeouts or other alterations it will be rejected. Both parents must sign the Acknowledgment of Paternity form and both signatures must be notarized or witnessed. Do not forge the signature of either parent. Claims of forgery will be investigated. Acknowledgment of Paternity can also be used to change the child's surname to the father’s last name. Also note that acknowledgment can be used to change any part of the child’s name from birth to 3 months of age. This process can be done in person or by mail. You can mail your completed Acknowledgment of Paternity form to:
Hospital Paternity Program
P.O. Box 40458
Phoenix, Arizona 85067
Do Not Mail Payment to the Hospital Paternity Program. Once the Acknowledgment of Paternity has been processed by the Hospital Paternity Program (allow 2 weeks for mailing and processing) you may complete and submit in person or via mail a birth certificate application to NCPHSD. See below for fees and the NCPHSD mailing address.
Adoptions — NCPHSD is not able to complete adoptions. You must contact the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records.
Home Births — NCPHSD can assist in the registration of a home birth within the first year of the birth. Please call (928) 524-4750 in order to make an appointment.