Lawrence County Vital Records


  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Paternity Affidavits

Birth and death records are available beginning with the year 1882. There is a limit of 5 certificates per name.

IMPORTANT: If you want to obtain any records in person, via office walk-in, you must arrive by 3:45 p.m. 


Identity theft is a growing concern in the U.S. A birth certificate is a prime piece of documentation used to establish false identities. For your protection, the Vital Records Division of the Lawrence County  Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health make the following recommendations:

  • Do not keep your birth certificate on your person unless needed for a specific purpose.
  • Do not carry your Social Security Card on your person unless needed for a specific purpose.
  • Remove your Social Security Number from your driver's license, checks, etc.
  • If your wallet or purse is stolen with these pieces of identification, check your credit ratings at least every 6 months.
  • Keep these pieces of I.D. (along with all legal documents) stored in a safe place when not in use.

For more information regarding identity theft, consult the following websites: 800-829-0433

Birth/Death Certificate Request Forms

Identification is REQUIRED when obtaining a birth or death record. To request a certified copy of a VITAL record you MUST be 18 years of age or older.

Birth Certificate request form

Death Certificate request form

Permission to release Birth Certificate

Steps to obtain a Birth or Death Certificate

List of acceptable forms of ID

For information regarding births or deaths which occurred in other counties within Indiana, please go to the Indiana State Department of Health website.

Obtaining Vital Records

By mail: Complete the necessary form application and mail it with the proper fee*, ID and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Lawrence County Health Department
2419 Mitchell Rd.
Bedford, IN 47421



Acceptable Forms of Identification (downloadable list):

  • A valid, current driver's license
  • A social security card
  • A valid, current state-issued identification card
  • A military identification card

Identification MUST contain your signature. If you are making a request via mail, please photocopy your identification; do NOT send the original document!

For more information, contact the Lawrence County Health Department: 812-275-3234


Amending Vital Records

The following options are available to amend a vital record, if ALL necessary criteria are met:

  • Court Order Change of Name
  • Court Order Determining Parentage
  • Correction Affidavit
  • Paternity Affidavit
  • Paternity Affidavit Upon Marriage

Please do not make any assumptions based on this list. Call the Lawrence County Health Department for detailed information regarding ANY of these procedures.  


Vital Record Fees:

  • Birth Certificates
  • $10 per copy
  • Death Certificates
  • $11.00 per copy
  • Genealogy Search
  • $5 per name
  • Genealogy Information Sheet
  • $5 each
  • Correction Affidavit
  • $20 (fee does not include a Birth Certificate)
  • Paternity Affidavit Upon Marriage
  • $25
  • Paternity Affidavit
  • $25 (fee does not include a Birth Certificate)

In order to have a record pulled, you must arrive at our office by 3:45 pm.


Contact Info:

Phone: (812) 275-3234
Fax: (812) 275-1094
Location: Lawrence County Health Department
2419 Mitchell Rd.
Bedford, IN 47421