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VITAL RECORDS

 

Vital Records provide accurate data concerning life events. The state of Georgia maintains vital records filed from 1919 to the present. 

Cobb & Douglas Public Health is responsible for filing, preserving, protecting, and issuing certified copies of all Georgia births.

Please be advised:  While we are now able to issue death certificates for events that occur within the state of Georgia, we cannot guarantee immediate issuance of the certificate if the event occurred in another county. 

For more information on obtaining copies of vital records, and other available services, please click on that topic.  If you still have questions, contact us. 

How do I request a vital record? 

Online: Cobb County Health Department does not accept credit cards or online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with: VitalChek Network, Inc.  An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
By Mail: When requesting a certificate by mail, you may pay by money order made payable to Cobb County Public Health. Do not send cash in the mail. Be sure to include a copy of your Photo ID.
In Person: When requesting a birth certificate in person, you may pay by credit card (MasterCard and Visa only), or cash.

Please provide the following to receive a certified copy of a birth certificate: 

The person requesting a certified copy of a birth record must provide the appropriate fee and a signed request that includes the following information: 

                • Photo ID: Passport, Driver’s License, U.S. Military ID, Employment ID, State of Georgia ID, Foreign Passport
                • Full name of person shown on the birth certificate (last name at birth if female)
                • Date of birth (month, day, year)
                • Place of birth (hospital, city, county)
                • Full name of mother (include mother’s maiden name)
                • Full name of father
                • Relationship to the person named on the birth certificate request
                • The number (full size) of certificates requested    

Fees: 

Search fee (includes one certified copy, if the record is found on file): $25  
Additional certifications of same record ordered at the same time: $5  

*Georgia law requires that a search fee be received before a certified copy of a birth certificate can be issued. 

Payment of the fee is necessary at the time of service and search fees are non-refundable.   

For more information, please contact your county’s respective vital records office:   

Cobb County Public Health
Vital Records Office
1650 County Services Parkway
Marietta, Georgia 30008
(770) 514-2337 (Vital Records Office)
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
State and Federal Holidays Are Observed
 

Douglas County Probate Court
Vital Records Office
8700 Hospital Drive
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 920-7249 (Vital Records Office)
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
State and Federal Holidays Are Observed

Vital Records FAQ’s

What is a vital record?

Vital records, as defined by the Georgia Department of Public Health, are birth, death, fetal deaths (stillbirth), induced termination of pregnancy, marriage and divorce certificates and reports.

How are vital records processed?

Vital records are completed in the county where the event occurred:

Birth Certificates The majority of birth records are generated by hospital staff.
Death Certificates Death Certificates are completed by funeral directors and certifying physicians, except in the case of coroner investigations where the coroner certifies the manner of death.
Marriage Applications and Licenses Marriage applications and licenses are completed by probate judges and marriage officials.
Divorce Report Reports of divorce are completed by the Clerks of the Superior Courts.

*Original records, except marriage and divorce reports, are filed at the state office of vital records.

What about home births?

Home Births can be filed in the County Vital Records office by APPOINTMENT ONLY, Please call to schedule an appointment 770-514-2394 or 770-514-2395. A home birth packet can be mailed to the parents upon request. Generally, appointments are scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Who can receive a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?

In Georgia, only certain people are entitled to a certified copy of a birth/death certificate. According to Georgia law and the Department of Human Resources, the person(s) entitled to a certificate is:

  • The person named on the certificate
  • The parents listed on the certificate
  • The authorized legal guardian or agent of person on certificate
  • The living legal spouse or next of kin or legal representative of person on certificate
  • The court of competent jurisdiction, upon order or subpoena
  • Any governmental agency, state or federal, provided that such certificate is needed for official purposes

What must you provide to obtain a certified copy of a birth/death certificate?

In order to obtain a certified copy of a birth/death certificate you must provide the appropriate fee and a signed request that includes the following information:

  • Full name of the person
  • Date of death or birth (month, day, year)
  • Place of death or birth(city, county)
  • Photocopy of ID

Fees

Search fee (includes one certified copy, if the record is found on file) $25 $25.00
Additional certifications of same record ordered at the same time $5 $5.00

How do I add a father to a child’s birth record?

Paternity Acknowledgment

The Paternity Acknowledgment (PA) document has two main purposes:

  • To add a father to a child’s birth record,
  • To further efforts to legitimate the relationship between the father and the child.

Once filed with the State Office of Vital Records, the PA helps establish the father and child relationship. It is a voluntary agreement between the mother and the biological father to add the father’s name to the birth record. The child’s name can also be changed if agreed upon by both mother and father.

A PA cannot be used if the mother of the child was married to anyone within 10 months prior to the birth of this child or, if for any other reason, there is another father listed on this child’s birth certificate. If the mother was married during this time frame, or if another father is listed on the birth record, court action will be necessary to establish paternity, amend the birth record, and establish legitimation.

For more information, see http://www.health.state.ga.us/programs/vitalrecords/ or contact:

State Office of Vital Records
2600 Skyland Drive
Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
State Office Hours
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Call Center Info
(404) 679-4702
Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Putative Father Registry

The Putative Father Registry is a list of the names of men who have either declared paternity of a child, or indicated the possibility of paternity.

Registry allows possible biological (not legal) fathers to provide identifying information about themselves, the mother, and the child so that these men can be notified about adoption proceedings.  The possible biological father is encouraged to place his name in the Registry as soon as possible after engaging in a sexual relationship with a woman who is not his legal wife where such union could result in the birth of a child, preferably registering before the child is born.

In order to register, a man should complete the Putative Father Registry Registration Form (no. 3960) which can be obtained in person at the Cobb Public Health, Vital Records Office at the address below:

Cobb County Public Health Vital Records Office
1650 County Services Parkway
Marietta, Georgia 30008
(770) 514-2337 (Vital Records Office)
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where can I go to purchase a birth certificate?

Birth certificates may be purchased at any County Vital Records office in the state of Georgia. See below for Cobb and Douglas counties Vital Records information:

Cobb County:
Cobb County Public Health
Vital Records Office
1650 County Services Parkway
Marietta, Georgia 30008
(770) 514-2337 (Vital Records Office)
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
State and Federal Holidays Are Observed

Douglas County:
Douglas County Probate Court
Vital Records Office
8700 Hospital Drive
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 920-7249 (Vital Records Office)
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
State and Federal Holidays Are Observed

Where are you located?

Cobb County Public Health (Marietta Health Center)

Vital Records Office
1650 County Services Parkway
Marietta, Georgia 30008
(770) 514-2337 (Vital Records Office)
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
State and Federal Holidays Are Observed

Douglas County Probate Court
Vital Records Office
8700 Hospital Drive
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 920-7249 (Vital Records Office)
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
State and Federal Holidays Are Observed

 

How do I make corrections to a birth certificate?

To make corrections to a birth certificate, you must:

  • Obtain a certified copy of the birth certificate from the state vital records office.
  • Submit a written request detailing the desired changes. An additional fee of $10 will be required to make the change. *Note: There is no fee for current year corrections. There is fee for over 1 year of age.
  • Requests should be mailed to:

Vital Records (Changes Unit)
2600 Skyland Drive, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30319
(404) 679-4701

No information will be provided by telephone for instructions/procedures for change. A review of the record must be made to provide proper instructions/procedures for your individual certificate.

Douglas Vital Records info below Cobb’s:
Douglas County Probate Court
Vital Records Office
8700 Hospital Drive
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 920-7249 (Vital Records Office)
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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COBB COUNTY
1650 County Services Parkway
Marietta, Georgia 30008
(770) 514-2300
M – F: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
6770 Selman Drive
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 949-1970
M – F: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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ACWORTH
4489 Acworth Industrial Drive
Acworth, Georgia 30101
(770) 974-3330

COBB COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
3830 South Cobb Drive
Suite 102
Smyrna, Georgia 30080
(770) 435-7815

SMYRNA
3830 South Cobb Drive
Suite 200
Smyrna, Georgia 30080
(770) 438-5105

EAST COBB
4938 Lower Roswell Road
Marietta, Georgia 30068
(678) 784-2180

LAKE PARK
1955 Lake Park Drive, Suite 300
Smyrna, Georgia 30080
(770) 514-2357

SOUTH COBB
ADOLESCENT HEALTH & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT/HEALTH PROMOTION
875 Six Flags Drive
Austell, Georgia 30168
(678) 385-1360

DOUGLAS COUNTY
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH/DOUGLAS UNDERAGE DRINKING PREVENTION PROGRAM
8700 Hospital Drive, 1st Floor
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 920-7311

 
 
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