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Washoe County Vital Statistics - Birth and Death Records

Location and phone number:

Washoe County Health District
1001 E. Ninth Street, Reno
Building B, first floor, Birth and Death Records
(775) 328-2456

Hours:

The order window hours are: 8:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday/Wednesday/Friday.

Due to staff shortages, until further notice, Vital Statistics will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The window is closed from 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. daily.

What birth and death certificates are available?

The Vital Statistics Office serves as the registrar for all births and deaths occurring in Washoe County from the late 1800s to present.

Who can get a birth/death certificate?

Birth and death certificates are confidential in the State of Nevada and may only be released to a qualified applicant.

A qualified applicant for a birth certificate is defined as:

  • The registrant.
  • Mother, father, grandparent, or sibling.
  • Legal guardian. (Must provide certified original court order appointing guardianship.)
  • When no father appears on the birth certificate, only the mother, registrant, or legal guardian may obtain the document.

A qualified applicant for a death certificate is defined as:

  • A direct family member by blood or marriage.
  • Legal representative.
  • One having a direct and tangible need.

For more information, refer to NRS 440.650 and NAC 440.070.

Search of Records

Cost

A Search of Records is $10.00 per name, regardless of whether a record is found or not.

Death Records

The definition of a Search of Records would be confirming the existence of a death certificate or verification of information on an existing death certificate.

When a death certificate is found, a certified document is not always available. The requester must be a qualified applicant to receive a death certificate. If the requester is not a qualified applicant we will verify the existence of the document and/or verify any information that we can within statute that appears on the document. Some information on death certificates is considered confidential information.

Birth Records

We can not search for general information on a birth certificate or the actual existence of a birth record as that information is confidential. However, we can search to see if there is a father listed on the certificate. To do this, the requester must be a qualified applicant and know the name, date of birth, and mother's maiden name of the person in question.

How do I get a birth or death certificate?

By mail:

  1. Verify that you are a qualified applicant.
  2. Complete a Birth Certificate Application (PDF, 1.01 MB) or Death Certificate Application.
  3. Include a copy of your valid photo identification.
  4. Include a check or money order, payable to Washoe County Health District. Birth certificates and death certificates are $20.00 per copy.
  5. Mail all of the above to:

    Washoe County Health District - Vital Statistics
    PO Box 11130
    Reno NV 89520-0027

Estimate 3-4 weeks for processing and receipt of your request. Requests for which no record is found are subject to the established $10.00 search fee.

In person:

  1. Verify that you are a qualified applicant.
  2. We accept checks, money orders, cash, MasterCard, and Visa. Make checks or money orders payable to Washoe County Health District. Birth certificates and death certificates are $20.00 per copy.
  3. Bring your valid photo identification.
  4. Come to our office.

Online:

Washoe County Health District does not accept online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website www.vitalchek.com. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, or Visa®.

Other internet vendors are not authorized by Washoe County Health District and may charge additional fees without providing state-approved services. Neither Washoe County Health District nor VitalChek have control over the services and fees other Internet vendors offer and charge, nor can we guarantee the confidentiality of any vital record data provided to vendors other than VitalChek.

Where do I get marriage certificates and divorce records?

For information regarding marriage certificates, please visit the Recorder's Office website or call (775) 328-3660. For information regarding divorce records, please visit the District Court website or call (775) 328-3110.

If you are a qualified applicant, you can complete an application form and mail it along with a copy of your valid photo identification and a check or money order, payable to Washoe County Health District, or you can appear in person at the office which is located in the Washoe County Health District, 1001 E. Ninth Street, Reno, Building B, first floor, Birth and Death Records. Our hours are listed on the Vital Statistics Program page.
Birth and death certificates are confidential in the State of Nevada and may only be released to a qualified applicant. A qualified applicant is defined as the registrant, or a direct family member by blood or marriage, his or her guardian (Must provide certified original court order appointing guardianship.), or his or her legal representative. For more information, refer to NRS 440.650 and NAC 440.070.
The Vital Statistics Office provides certified copies of Washoe County birth and death certificates either at the office or by mail. Fees for certified copies are set by statute and are $20.00 per certified copy for birth certificates and death certificates.
The office is located in the Washoe County Health District, 1001 E. Ninth Street, Reno, Building B, first floor, Birth & Death Records. Our hours are listed on the Vital Statistics Program page. For more information call (775) 328-2456.
Our hours are listed on the Vital Statistics Program page.
If there is no father listed on a child’s birth certificate, the name of the legal father can be added by making this request on a Declaration of Paternity form. This form contains detailed information about this process, although the following bullet points emphasize some of the most important items:
  • This procedure applies only to children born in Nevada. For a child born in another state, you need to follow the procedure for that particular state.
  • The Declaration of Paternity outlines the rights and responsibilities of the man signing the form. Be sure that you review and understand this information before signing the form.
  • If you want to change the child’s birth name (for example, change his or her last name to match that of the legal father), you may do so at this time in Section B of the form.
  • Both the mother and the legal father must sign the completed form.
  • If both parties are not willing to sign the form, a court order will have to be obtained and provided to the Nevada State Office of Vital Records.
Please mail the completed and signed form to: Nevada State Office of Vital Records 4150 Technology Way, Suite 104 Carson City, Nevada 89706

Include a check or money order for $40.00 made out to Nevada Vital Records to cover the costs of changing the birth certificate already on file. This fee includes a certified copy of the revised record, which will be mailed to the requester at the address listed on the form. Additional copies are $20.00 each.

If you have questions about this process, please call the Nevada State Office of Vital Records at 775.684.4242. If you need to make a correction to a birth or death record, fill out the Affidavit For Correction of Record form.
Fill out the Affidavit For Correction of Record to amend or correct information on a birth or death record. Direct questions and send completed forms to the Nevada State Health Division Office of Vital Statistics at http://health.nv.gov/VS.htm Adding a child's legal father to his or her birth certificate requires filling out a Declaration of Paternity form. Find the form and additional information at http://www.washoecounty.us/index/display_faq.html~details=1087#1087