- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Health is urging parents to avoid the last-minute scramble and long lines by getting their children’s birth certificates now as they prepare to get their kids back to school.

Health Department officials say many parents wait to obtain the birth certificates until August, which is typically the busiest time to obtain them. Parents can avoid the rush and by contacting facilities in Oklahoma City, Tulsa or McAlester to obtain their children’s birth records.

Qualified applicants must provide the child’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, the parents’ full names and provide a government-issued photo I.D.

The cost for a birth certificate is $15, which will provide for a search for the birth record and issuance of one certified copy of a birth certificate.