There are a multitude of reasons why an inmate would need access to their birth certificate. However, it is not the easiest thing to do from prison. Many prisoners enlist the help of friends and family. The process is an easy one but must be carried out carefully as to avoid any delays or returns of paperwork.
The first thing to do is determine which office you must contact. One way of doing this is by contacting the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
Next you will have to speak with the office via telephone or email. They should give you all steps involved in obtaining the birth certificate.
Once you have received the necessary steps, you can send an official record asking for your loved one’s birth certificate. Be sure to explain the full situation including why they are not sending the letter themselves. Make sure all addresses are correct and do not forget to include any fees required.
Once you have received the birth certificate, check with the prison on the best way to give it to your loved one. You would not want all your hard work to go to waste on a prison technicality.
If the inmate who requested from you the birth certificate will not need the original birth record, send a Xerox copy of the original record. Many prisoners stay in shared cells with another inmate, so belongings can be removed or stolen. It is safer to lose the copy then have to lose the original and go through the process all over again.