Request Birth Certificates

Effective March 16, 2020 the Division of Vital Records will be closed to walk-in customers in an effort to prevent exposures to COVID-19.

Applications for certificates will continue to be accepted by mail or internet. 

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.
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  TO ORDER BY MAIL:

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:

To order online, visit www.vitalchek.com​

  TO ORDER IN PERSON: 

Effective March 16, 2020 the Division of Vital Records will be closed to walk-in customers in an effort to prevent exposures to COVID-19.

Applications for certificates will continue to be accepted by mail and internet,


For a recorded message about birth certificates, call 410-764-3038 (Baltimore local) or 1-800-832-3277 (toll-free).​

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ADDITIONAL SERVICES

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.​​​