Lake County Indiana - Vital Records

Health Department Fees:

Certified Birth Certificate - $10.00
Certified Death Certificate - $11.00
Paternity Affidavit - $15.00
Birth Certificate Name Change - $15.00

Birth Certificates:

For a person born within Lake County, except cities of East Chicago or Gary, a birth certificate can be obtained as follows:

  1. In person, by visiting our Lake County Government Complex location.
  2. By mail, by mailing us an application (see below) with the following information:
    • name of the child
    • place of birth
    • birth date
    • copy of photo ID (for example, driver's license)
    • $10.00 processing fee in money order or cash (no personal checks are accepted)

For a person born in the cities of East Chicago or Gary, please contact or visit their respective health departments:

East Chicago Health Department
100 West Chicago Ave.
East Chicago, IN 46312

Gary Health Department
1145 West 5th Ave.
Gary, IN 46402

More information about Vital Records can be found on the Indiana State Dept of Health.


When submitting birth or death certificate application by mail, make sure to include:

  • self-addressed stamped envelope
  • phtocopy of driver's license or state id
  • money order only (no cash or checks at this time)

Birth Certificate Application 2020-04-25 291 KB
Death Certificate Application 2020-04-25 196 KB
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