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LaGrange County Health Department & WIC

304 North Townline Road, Suite 1. LaGrange, IN 46761-1319 Phone (260) 499-4182 Fax (260) 499-4189

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Q: How can I pay for the birth or death certificate?
A: We take cash, checks and money orders. Credit and debit cards are not acceptable


Q: How long does it take to obtain the document?
A: If you come to LaGrange County Health Department Vital Records office, you will get it while you wait - usually less than ½ hour. If you postal mail in your request, LCHD returns documents within five to seven working days.

Q: How long after the birth of my child must I wait to obtain the legal copy of my child's birth certificate?
A: Usually within four to five weeks.
Q: if there is an error on my birth certificate, how can that be corrected?
A: Since each record is different, it is difficult to give advice without looking at the particular situation. You should call the Vital Records office to give you information on how best to proceed.

Q: How do I obtain a death certificate?
A: If the death occurred in LaGrange County, you may obtain certified copies from the vital record office. You must have at least the month and year of death and a personal or property interest in the record.

Q: Do you offer paternity tests? Where can I get one?
A: The LaGrange County Health Department does not perform paternity tests. Several sites that offer paternity testing can be found in the Yellow Pages under Paternity Testing & Services. You may also contact your family doctor.

Q: I was born in Lagrange County, where do I go to obtain a birth certificate?
A: The LaGrange County Health Department, Vital Records office, maintains records for persons born ONLY in LaGrange County. Written applications must be completed and identification is required of the applicant whether by mail or in person.

Q: What is the cost of a death certificate?
A: The fee is $ 12.00 for the 1st copy; $ 6.00 for each additional copy ordered at the same time. Payment must be in cash, check or money order only to: LaGrange County Health Department. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED. Credit and debit cards are not accepted.

Q: All of my identification was lost/stolen/destroyed and I need to get a birth certificate to establish identity. Yet, I am required to present proof of who I am in order to obtain my birth certificate. How can I prove to you who I am?
A: You can use an utility bill, bank statement, payroll receipt, car registration; or a close relative can apply for you.

Q: I am in a hurry to get my birth certificate and I live out of the city/state. How can I get my certificate quickly?
A: You can use UPS overnight.