Vital Records

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 

8:00 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.

1:00 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.

Certificates FAQS

What will I need? How can I order online? Who can get my certificate?

All can be answered in our frequently asked questions page for information pertaining to birth certificates, death certificates, amendments, and affidavits.

What the new registry system means for you.

State has implemented a new registry system and some East Chicago birth records may not be immediately available. 

Please click for further information or call (219) 391-8413 for information.

Protect Against Online Theft

There are many fraudulent websites claiming to order and send your birth certificate! We always recommend contacting the Vital Record Division of your birth county for online ordering before you place any order. Do not take it upon yourself to trust any website without clear instruction from local or state Vital Records.


Service Fee
Amended Affidavits $25
Birth Certificates $12
Burial Permits Free
Death Certificates $12
Genealogy Search Fee (75 years and older) $50
Paternity Affidavits $50


No cash payments accepted for any services at the Health Department.

We accept money orders, cashier’s checks or debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

Card payments must be in your own name presented with valid ID.

Real ID

Make sure you are Real ID compliant by May 3, 2023.

Please note the local health department does not accept the temporary paper ID the BMV issues for birth certificate applications. You will need a valid driver’s license, valid state ID, or three alternative documents of identification to apply for certificates.

Please refer to the following link for BMV requirements.

Birth & Death Certificate Forms

The following documents are for mail-in or office visit only. If you are unsure of mailing procedure and accepted payment or documents please refer to the FAQ.

English Birth Certificate

Certificado De Nacimiento en español

English Death Certificate

Certificado De Muerte en español

Contact & Address

Contact: 219-391-8413

Address:  East Chicago Health DPT, Suite 100A, 100 W. Chicago Ave, East Chicago IN, 46312. ATTN: Vital Records