First Time Birth Certificate
A birth certificate copy is still an official document, printed on official paper, and can be identified as a proper document. A photocopy is not necessarily accepted by any or all government entities, and in most cases will be refused. In today's world, it's increasingly hard to do anything that is government run without your identification papers.
You still have to follow state guidelines even when you order online. You may have to send in additional documents such as a signed release or driver's license to verify your identity. Many sites allow you to fax or mail these documents instead of transmitting them over the internet. Unfortunately, you can't get free copies of birth certificates anywhere - not even online. Because all states charge for these records, there is no way a third party website can get them to you for free. Because of this, plan to spend at least $25.00 to order a birth certificate online.