Office of Vital Records

Certificate Type

   Fee

Death Certificate

$15.00

Birth Certificates (Long Form)

$15.00

Each additional copy of birth or death

$15.00

OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 


Birth and Death Certificates

The Shelby County Office of Vital Records processes and maintains certified copies of certificates of birth and certificates of death that occurred in Shelby County, Tennessee in most occurrences. Certified copies of the original records are available to the person named on the record and to certain family members or legal representative.

Requests can be made in person at the Shelby County Health Department (814 Jefferson, Room 101-103 Memphis, TN) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Birth certificates can be issued for births dated after 1924 and death certificates can be issued for deaths occurring after 1955.  A valid government issued form of identification is required at time of issuance.

Birth Certificates

-    The Long Form birth certificate is only certificate offered by the Shelby County Health Department and Tennessee State Department of Vital Records. The certified long form birth certificate is an actual copy of the original birth record that the hospital or attending doctor completed. It will include the parent’s information.   

Other ways to receive a birth certificate:

Download the Application for Certificate of Birth in Adobe Acrobat format.  English and Spanish versions available. [see below]

Complete the application.  Mail completed application, copy of government issued identification and $15 money order to:

Shelby County Health Department
Office of Vital Records
814 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105

Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.  Cash and/or Credit Cards are not accepted by mail

On line birth certificates are available from an independent company, VitalChek.com.  An additional processing fee is included by Vital Chek for this service.  All major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, or Visa®.

NOTE to PARENTS: Certificates of Birth for newborn children may not be available to issue for approximately 45 days after this office receives the original certificate from the hospital or birthing facility. Expedite fees do not apply to the registration of the birth record, only the issuance of a certificate that is already registered.  

If parents have travel plans which will require a passport for newborn children, travel plans should be made based on this timeline.

Death Certificates

Shelby County Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of death certificates for deaths that occurred in Shelby County.

Who can request a decedent’s certified death certificate:

-     Spouse
Children 
Parents/Guardian
Other next of kin (specifically declaring they are next of kin)
Respective authorized representative (attorney representing one of the above, agency or case manager)
Informant named on the death certificate

**Others may be authorized to obtain certified copies if they demonstrate that the records are needed for the determination or protection of their personal or property rights.

Other ways to receive a death certificate:

Download the Application for Death Certificate in Adobe Acrobat format. [see below]

Complete the application.  Mail completed application, copy of government issued identification and $15 money order to:

Shelby County Health Department
Office of Vital Records
814 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105

Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.  Cash and/or Credit Cards are not accepted by mail

On line death certificates are available from an independent company, VitalChek.com.  An additional processing fee is included by Vital Chek for this service.  All major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, or Visa®.

Death certificates issued in Shelby County prior to 1955 can be obtained from the County Clerk’s Office (150 Washington Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103).