You can now order DeKalb birth and death certificates online

The decision helps expand access to vital records.

Credit: Lane V. Erickson/Shutterstock

Credit: Lane V. Erickson/Shutterstock

The decision helps expand access to vital records.

The DeKalb County Board of Health is now allowing residents to request birth and death certificates online.

Previously, officials mandated that requests be mailed, faxed or done in person. With the new online system, DeKalb residents can complete the form, upload a picture of the necessary documentation, and receive the birth or death certificate in the mail within a few days.

According to a statement from the Board of Health, the Office of Vital Records in Decatur is also extending its hours.

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“Our commitment is to increasing access to services,” DeKalb County District Health Director S. Elizabeth Ford said in the statement. “Integrating e-commerce with our website and the new extended hours demonstrates this. We are excited by the opportunity to share these improvements with the public.”

Fulton and Cobb counties allow residents to request vital records online though VitalChek, an independent company they partner with. Gwinnett does not allow online birth or death certificate requests.

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