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Maricopa County Increases Fees For Birth, Death Certificates

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In order to meet an increase in workload and operating expenses, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health’s Office of Vital Registration will increase fees effective April 1, 2009.

The new fees will be as follows:

· Certified copies of birth and death related certificates will increase from $10.00 each to $15.00 each

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· Corrections and amendments to birth and death records, including affidavits and court orders, will increase from $23.00 each to $25.00 each

“This increase in fees is necessary,” said Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. “In the last few years, we have had new legislative requirements, policies and procedures at all levels of government to improve vital records standards for the benefit everyone. Unfortunately, these improvements come with a price.”

Fees were last increased in FY2002/2003 by the State and County Vital Records Offices in order to create and maintain a statewide vital records system. Since then, Maricopa County’s Office of Vital Registration has continued to experience an increase in operational costs and can no longer absorb the increased cost of the registration and issuance of vital records.

“Without this modest fee increase, the quality and timeliness for services could be compromised,” England added.

This increase will allow the Office of Vital Registration to improve the timeliness and quality of the registration and issuance of vital records. This means people may obtain crucial services such as a social security card or benefits, health insurance, a driver’s license, a passport, education, as well as sell property, close accounts and receive life insurance monies.