Residents who need vital record certificates will now be offered same-day services by Cochise County.
Beginning Wednesday, August 1, anyone who needs a birth or death certificate can visit the Health & Social Services clinics in Sierra Vista and Bisbee to receive in-person delivery.The service will be offered in Douglas later this month, and eventually in Benson and Willcox. Previously, certificates could only be mailed.
The improved service will be paid for through an increase of between $2 and $5 in some certificate fees – the first rise since 2011. Cochise County, which produces vital records on behalf of the state, is the last government authority to adopt the current statewide fee schedule.
There will be advantages for local citizens, said Ray Falkenberg, Deputy Director of Cochise Health & Social Services.
“There will be no additional processing fees, which can be as much as $34 through the state system. Customers will also receive same-day, walk-in service, which is not offered by the state,” he said, explaining it can take up to three weeks to get a certificate through the state system.
The option of having a certificate mailed will still be available.
The Board of Supervisors approved the new fee schedule at its regular meeting on July 10.
The new fee schedule will be as follows:
Birth Certificate - $20
Establishing Paternity - $30
Birth Certificate Correction/Amendment - $30
Death Certificate - $20
Death Certificate Correction/Amendment - $30
Fetal Death Certificate - $20
Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth - $20
Delayed Birth Application - $20
Foreign Born Application - $20
Putative Father Registry - $5
Presumptive Death - $15
Birth Non-Certified - $5 ** For Government Agencies Only
Death Non-Certified - $5 ** For Government Agencies Only
Record Search - $5
Bisbee: 1415 Melody Lane, Building A
Benson: 126 W. 5th Street
Douglas: 1012 North G Avenue, Suite 101
Sierra Vista: 4115 E. Foothills Drive
Willcox: 420 S. Haskell Avenue
The mission of Cochise Health & Social Services is to foster an exceptional quality of life by advocating for a community-centered culture of health through unparalleled public health service. https://www.cochise.az.gov/health-and-social-services/home