Vital Records ← Knowledge Base How long does it take to obtain a copy of a vital record? Who can obtain a copy of a vital record? How much does a vital record cost? How does an individual facing homelessness with no form of ID obtain a copy of a vital record? How does a victim of a natural disaster, abuse, or other similar situations with no form of ID obtain a copy of a vital record? Will I automatically receive a copy of my newborn’s birth certificate? What is the difference between a “short form” and a “long form” copy of a birth or death certificate? How do I request one or the other? What is the difference between a spontaneous fetal death and an induced termination of pregnancy (ITOP/abortion)? How do I obtain a copy of a fetal death report? I just have a genealogy request--do I still have to pay a fee and submit a notarized application?