Where you go to retrieve a Vermont birth record will depend on how old it is. The Department of Health maintains all current records for 5 years, at which time they move to the State Archives and Records Administration. In either case, there are no privacy restrictions and you can order a certified copy of any birth record providing you fill out the forms and pay the fees.
First off, to make a request to the Department of Health, you can get the order form from their Vital Records webpage (http://healthvermont.gov/research/records/birth_form.aspx). Just fill it out on the computer, and print it once completed. It's not an online ordering system, just a convenient way to fill out a printable form.
You'll need to supply the full name on the Vermont birth record, as well as the date and place of birth, and full names of both parents. Your own information is also included and your reason for requesting this document.
Then mail it to the Vermont Department of Health, Vital Records, PO box 70, Burlington VT, 05402-0070 USA. The fee for these requests is $10 USD and you will have to pay be check or money order (made payable to the Vermont Department of Health).
When looking for any Vermont birth records that took place more than 5 years ago, you'll find a similar process with the State Archives and Records Administration. Their collection of material can extend back to 1760 in some areas, though not all counties were recording births at that time.
They offer both certified and informational copies of any birth record in their collection. Only the certified copies can be used for an legal purposes and will cost $10 USD for each copy. There is no charge at this time for informational copies of a Vermont birth record without the state seal.
You need to fill out different forms for each type of document, though they can both be mailed to the same office. For certified copies (http://vermont-archives.org/certifications/pdf/VSARA-08_Births&Deaths.pdf), you'll have to include the fee as a check or money order made out the Vermont Secretary of State. These requests are usually processed within 10 business days.
The forms for an informational copy can be found at their site (http://vermont-archives.org/certifications/pdf/VSARA13_PDF_FillableForm.pdf) and basically requires the same information but there is no required fee. They can even email you a file with the copy of the records.
In either case, you will need to provide them with the same identifying information as with the Department of Health. You need the full name, date and place of birth and parent's names. Also check off that you are looking for a Vermont birth record (the same forms are used for other vital records as well). Send your forms to 1078 US Rte 2, Middlesex, Monpelier VT 05633-7701 USA.
You can also contact the individual town clerk's office where the birth took place to access their records (usually including both the recent records and older ones). The state website has a list to help you locate the right office (http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/town_clerks_guide.html).
To complete a request for Vermont birth certificates, follow these steps:
Go to theVermont Birth Certificate request page at the Department of Health's website.
Fully complete all the fields on the application and print the application.
Mail in the application, along with a check or money order covering the $10 for a certified copy. Applications can be mailed to the Department of Health using the address below.
If you would like additional information on accessing Vermont birth records or have any questions, then you can contact the Department of Health below:
Vermont Department of Health
Vermont Department of Health
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402-0070
How To Request Vermont Birth Records
Persons needing to request Vermont birth records can do so through the Vermont Department of Health. Due to legislation passed in 1857, the Department of Health maintains all the vital records for the state.
Ordering Your Birth Record
The State Department of Health only has records on file for the past five years. Birth records older than five years can be requested through the State Archives and Records Administration. Requests made to the Department of Health can be made by mail.
Relationship To The Person Listed
In order to place your request for Vermont birth records, you must include your relationship to the person listed on the record. Be sure to complete that line on your application to ensure your request is filled.