Office of Vital Records

Who Can Obtain a Stillbirth or Fetal Death Certificate

Who may obtain a copy of certificate of a birth resulting in stillbirth?

Only persons 18 years of age or older may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate. In addition, to protect the confidentiality rights of our citizens, Arizona law specifies that only the parents listed on the record or another person authorized by one of the parents may obtain a certified copy of a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth.

If you are not one of the parents listed on the record, you must provide written authorization from one or both of the parents in order to receive a certified copy of the certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth, and a valid government issued picture I.D. in order to obtain a certified copy.

Who may obtain a certified copy of a fetal death certificate?

Only persons 18 years of age or older may obtain a certified copy of a fetal death certificate. In addition, to protect the confidentiality rights of our citizens, A.A.C. R9-19-406 specifies that only the parents of a fetus or another person authorized by one of the parents may obtain a certified copy of a fetal death certificate.

If you are not one of the parents of the fetus, you must provide written authorization from one or both of the parents in order to receive a certified copy of the fetal death certificate, and a valid government issued picture I.D. in order to obtain a certified copy.

A certified copy of a fetal death certificate may be issued only to the parents of a fetus or to another person upon authorization from a parent if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The applicant is named as parent on the certificate.
  • The applicant submits a signed application.
  • The applicant provides valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application.
  • The applicant submits the appropriate fee(s).