TULSA, OK -- If you are looking to get a copy of your birth certificate, you might have to wait in line at one of Oklahoma's three vital records offices.
State officials say the lines start getting long by 11 a.m. at Tulsa, Oklahoma City or McAlester.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health, which oversees the office, suggests if you need a copy of your birth certificate, visit their web site first.
You can print a copy of the application and have it ready when you visit the Vital Records office.
State officials say they are seeing a significant increase in the number of people requesting birth certificates.
"We normally expect to see a slight increase going into tax season, but the number of customers is unusually high lately," said OSDH State Registrar Kelly Baker. "The average number of persons served at the Vital Record offices is nearly 40 percent higher than usual for February and is very similar to what is experienced during the back-to-school season in August, and right after the implementation of Oklahoma House Bill 1804."
The Tulsa and McAlester offices open at 8:30 a.m. and the office in Oklahoma City opens at 8 a.m.
Tulsa Health Department, Central Regional Health Center 315 S. Utica Tulsa, OK
Pittsburg County Health Department 1400 East College Avenue McAlester, OK
Vital Records Service, Room 117 Oklahoma State Department of Health 1000 Northeast 10th Oklahoma City, OK
If you have questions, Baker says check the web site first and then try the Vital Records office at 405-271-4040.