Request Birth Certificates

A certified copy of a birth certificate that may be used for retirement purposes, passports, social services, school enrollment, and other legal purposes. 

Due to the FEDERAL REAL ID Act, documents (including a certified copy of a birth certificate) may be required to renew your Maryland Driver’s License or Identification Card. Click here for more information about the FEDERAL REAL ID Act. Click here​ for more information on how to identify a certified copy of a birth certificate.

The Following Persons May Apply:
  • An individual requesting his/her own birth certificate.
  • parent named on the certificate.
  • A court-appointed guardian of the individual named on the certificate. A foster care appointment is not acceptable; proof of guardianship must be submitted.
  • A surviving spouse of the individual named on the certificate.
  • A representative of: (1) the individual or a parent named on the certificate; or (2) the court-appointed guardian of the individual named on the certificate. The representative must have a letter signed by the individual, parent, or guardian, and certified by a notary public, stating that the representative has permission to obtain a copy of the certificate.

ID Requirements: Click here to see ID requirements.

Fees: Click here​ to see fees.

Processing Time: Click here​​ to see processing time.


Download an application for a copy of a Birth Certificate:  
Download (Word) (requires Microsoft Word)
Download (PDF) (requires Adobe Reader - free download)                                 
Descargue el formulario bilingüe (Inglés / Español)​​​ (necesita Adobe Reader - descárgelo gratis - la información en este formulario se puede guardar e imprimir)

To obtain a birth certificate, complete and mail the application with your payment, a self-addressed envelope, and a photo copy of your Identification to the Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 68760, Baltimore, MD 21215-0036. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, or money order made payable to the Division of Vital Records.​ (Note that expedited shipping is not available when ordering by mail.)


To order online, visit​


To order by phone, call 410-764-3038.


Birth certificates for individuals with valid, government-issued photo identification who were born in Maryland are available for same day service at the Division of Vital Records in Baltimore located at 6764B Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, or money order made payable to the Division of Vital Records. For a recorded message about birth certificates, call 410-764-3038 (Baltimore local) or 1-800-832-3277 (toll-free).​

Same day service is also available at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Baltimore City and Baltimore County, for individuals born after 1939.  Click here​ for information on Local Health Department locations, hours of service and fees.


Creating A New Birth Certificate: A person born in Maryland, whose birth was never registered, may apply for a delayed certificate of birth. Contact the Division of Vital Records at 410-764-3038 for further information. A new birth certificate may also be prepared in the case of:
  • Adoption
  • Legitimation
  • Adjudication of paternity
  • Sex change*
  • Diagnosis of an intersex condition*

Commemorative birth certificates suitable for framing are available. Proceeds from these certificates benefit the Children's Trust Fund. Click here for more information.​​​