Who Can Gain Access to Birth Records
Although birth records are known as public files,
they are not available to everyone and there are specific people
who are allowed access to birth records. These people include the
person whose name is on the birth certificate, a legal representative,
someone from that person’s family and a power of attorney.
It’s obvious that the person whose name is on a birth certificate
has access to the birth record but they will definitely have to
prove their identity in order to obtain a copy. However, this shouldn’t
be an issue since it’s every person’s right to obtain
their own birth record.
Those in the immediate family of the person listed on a birth certificate
are also entitled to the birth record. The immediate family includes
spouses, parents, siblings and grandparents and they will also need
to provide proof of identification as well as proof that they are
in fact immediately related to the person whose birth records they
are accessing. If you want to access the birth records of a person
who has died and you are not in their immediate family, you may
do so but only after providing a death record on site.
Lastly, a person with the power of attorney can obtain a copy of
the birth records after proving their power by providing a notarized
POA document. This document has to only be the original and no copies
will be accepted as those who are responsible for guarding your
records will not carelessly give out your information to the wrong