Why do I have to send a photo ID?

Birth certificates and death certificates are not open records. Access to birth certificates is restricted to qualified applicants for 75 years from the date of birth, and access to death certificates is restricted for 25 years from the date of death. An ID is required to prove your identity and to prove that you are a qualified applicant.

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1. Who can request a certified copy of a birth certificate or a death certificate?
2. Who is considered an immediate family member?
3. Does a spouse or step-parent need additional documentation to request a birth certificate?
4. How can I order vital records from other states?
5. What will you accept as a valid ID?
6. What if I don't have a photo ID?
7. Why do I have to send a photo ID?
8. What records are available?