When Janette and Lee Adams needed a birth certificate for a family member, the first place they looked was on-line.

They quickly found companies offering to help.

“The one I happened to click on wanted an extra $69 fee,” says Lee.

It was $69 the Adams didn’t pay.

“It's silly to pay that kind of money when it's only $26,” says Janette.

The Better Business Bureau agrees.

“There are a lot of third-party that make you feel like they’re going to help you,” says Robbie Namee with the BBB.

She says be careful when looking for official documentation.

“They're not doing it for free. It's the same as someone calling you saying they can get your credit card rates dropped,” says Namee.

She saying it’s something you can do yourself.

“It's better to go through those state agencies.”

Namee says there are legitimate third party companies, but you are sharing some of your most personal information.

“You open yourself to having someone else know your personal information and that opens you to identity theft.”

The Adams called FactFinder 12 because she didn’t want anyone to waste their money.

“I could use that money for groceries or gas,” Janette says laughing.

Need a Kansas birth certificate?  Here are your options:

Walk-in
Go to Curtis State Office Bldg., 1000 SW Jackson, Ste. 120, Topeka, KS 66612.
Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays. Payment made by cash, check, money order, or credit card.
$15 for 1st copy, $15 for each additional copy of same record ordered at same time.

Online
Access www.vitalchek.com any time. Payment made by credit card
$15 for 1st copy, $15 for each additional copy of same record ordered at same time PLUS $11.00 expedited service fee.

Phone
Call (785) 296-3253 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays. Payment made by credit card.
$15 for 1st copy, $15 for each additional copy of same record ordered at same time PLUS $11.00 expedited service fee.

You can find information on other vital statistics at www.kdheks.gov.