Walk-In ServiceThe vital records office issues certificates Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am-4pm (closed from Noon to 1pm for lunch). Only individuals over 18 can apply for vital records. When requesting a certified copy of a birth certificate customers will need to complete an application. Proper identification must be provided to request a birth certificate, only individual listed on the birth certificate or their immediate family (with proof of relationship) may apply. When requesting a certified copy of a death certificate customers will need to complete an application and provide valid ID. Certified death certificates will only be issued to immediate family or an individual who has direct interest in record. ALL other requests for death records will be stamped "Not a Legal Copy" and will not have the Health Officer signature or Certifying Seal. Genealogy non certified certificates of birth or death records are still available for ancestry research. If you wish to fill out the application prior to your visit, you can print out an Application for Birth Certificate or Application for Death Certificate and bring it with you along with valid ID. See link section to the right of this page.
US MailThose requesting a certified birth or death record by mail should print the appropriate application, Application for Birth Certificate, or Application for Death Certificate, and follow the directions closely. Mail your fully completed and notarized application, along with a photo copy of your identification and appropriate fees to the Putnam County Health Department at the address listed above. Certified copies of certificate requests are usually honored the same day as received, but omissions and errors may cause delays.
OnlineFor your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that Putnam County Health Department has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through their website; VitalChek. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, or Visa®. Delivery may be expedited by choosing overnight or priority mail. Certified copies of certificate requests are usually honored the same day as received, but omissions and errors may cause delays.
*For birth and death records occurring in other Indiana counties, please contact that county health department regarding application procedures and fees. A list of Indiana county health departments and their websites can be found at www.in.gov/isdh/20422.htm. If you were born in another state, or wish to obtain a family member's death certificate, you can apply online at www.vitalchek.com, or contact the Health Department in the state in which the event occurred.