A birth certificate is an important legal document. It is needed to apply for other forms of identification (such as a driver’s license, Social Security card, or state ID card) that you need in order to:
- Get a place to live
- Apply for and receive public assistance, and
- Remove other barriers.
Starting July 1, 2018, individuals who are homeless can come to White Bird to get help ordering their Oregon birth certificate free of charge. We will
- Help you complete the birth record order form
- Give you information on what documents are needed
- Provide you a check for payment
You will need to mail your order form, check, documentation, and completed application to Oregon Vital Records. Vital Records will mail your birth certificate to you in care of the address on the order form.
Can I get my birth certificate for free if I was born in another state?
This program is for persons born in Oregon. Check with the state where you were born to see if they offer free birth certificates to persons who are homeless.
Do I have to provide proof of identity?
Yes. A list of acceptable proofs of identity is on the Oregon Vital Records website. If you don’t have acceptable proofs of identity, we will help you work with Oregon Vital Records to determine what information is needed to release your birth certificate.
Can I get free birth certificates for my family?
No. The grant program was established for individuals who are homeless to get their own birth certificate free of charge. This grant program does not provide funds to get family members’ birth certificates.
Where will my birth certificate be mailed?
Your birth certificate will be mailed to the address on your order form. The envelope will be addressed to you since it is your birth certificate.
Will I be able to use the birth certificate to get other documents such as an Oregon identification card or driver’s license?
Yes. A birth certificate is a legal document used to establish identity. It shows who you are, and when and where you were born. Your birth certificate is a legal document and is confidential. Be sure to keep it in a safe place.
For more information, please contact NEST at 541-342-1295 or drop in at 323 E 12th Ave, Eugene OR 97401 Monday through Thursday 9:30am to 12:00pm at 323 E 12th Ave. Assistance is also available by phone, call us at 541-816-2793 (10 AM – 2 PM).