When you’re looking for Arizona vital records, the state collection will usually get started around 1909, and individual counties can have their own records back farther to 1887.
Restrictions on Arizona Vital Records
As with most other states, Arizona vital records do become public domain after enough time has passed. Birth records that are older than 75 years, or 50 years for death records. Anything more recent than that will require you to be an immediate relative of the person on the record. You will have to provide a copy of your own government ID to prove your identity.
How to Order Arizona Vital Records
Firstly, you can get copies of any older and public-domain record (as described above) without having to place any sort of application. Not only are they not restricted, they are actually available for free. The Arizona Department of Health Services has a searchable database on their website, and that is the place to look for public Arizona vital records. The results are scanned images taken from their microfilmed records, and most are handwritten. You can just print out what you want at home.
If you are looking for more recent records that are not public domain, you will need to send in an application to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The forms can be printed out from their website (for birth and for death requests). The form will require you to give all identifying information, such as names, dates and locations for the vital records you want. Then you have to mail it in to:
State Office of Vital Records
PO Box 3887
Phoenix AZ 85030 USA
It usually takes around 3 weeks to get your documents mailed back to you. And don’t forget to include the current search fee along with your application package. It’s $20 for each search, and it is not refunded if they can’t find your record (and they don’t take cheques)
You can also get copies of Arizona birth records from any of the county health offices, as long as the record is more recent than 1989. They offer in-person pick-up as well so you can get your documents while you’re there instead of waiting for the mail. County offices may have different fees for their certificates, so you may have to pay more (or less) than the above mentioned state fee.