File an Out of Facility Birth or Homebirth Certificate

Birth certificates for children born outside of a medical facility without a medical professional present need to be filed within 15 days of the birth.

Certificates of birth for children born in the State of Idaho are required to be filed within 15 days of the birth. If your child was not born in a hospital or other birth facility, and the birth was not attended by a licensed medical professional who regularly attends births (such as a midwife), you will need to file the birth certificate directly with our office.

The Out of Facility Birth / Homebirth Packet contains information that will help guide you through filing the birth certificate.  If you are not able to print the instructions and worksheet, please e-mail your mailing address to us at and ask for a printed copy of the Out of Facility Birth / Homebirth Packet.  It's important to submit the birth worksheet as soon after the birth as possible, you do not have to wait 15 days to begin the process.  We will prepare the official birth certificate with the information reported on the worksheet and return it to you for your review and signature.  There is no fee to file the official birth certificate if it is completed and submitted to us on time.  Certificates of birth that occurred more than a year ago must be filed as a delayed certificate of birth which are subject to filing fees and additional documentation requirements. 

Completed packet information and supporting documentation must be mailed to the Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. There is no public counter or drop-off receptacle to hand deliver these items. All mail, including express delivery, is initially received at the department’s central mail location before it is brought to our office.

Mailing Options

United States Postal Service:

Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID  83720-0036

Delivery service such as UPS or FedEx:

Idaho Bureau of Vital Records
450 W State St.
Boise, ID 83702 

Out of Facility Birth or Homebirth Packet
Instructions on how to file an out of facility birth or homebirth certificate.