Request Death and Fetal Death Certificates

Beginning Monday, September 20, 2021, the Division of Vital Records' lobby will be open to service all customers by appointment only.

Click here to book an appointment

Order Certificates ONLINE                    Check Your Online Order Status

Certificates may also be ordered by mail (see below) or at some local health departments. Please click here to get more information on the location closest to you.

The Div​ision of Vital Records (DVR) of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) issues certified copies of death certificates for individuals who died in Maryland in 2012 or later. For copies of records for deaths that occurred prior to 2012, contact the Maryland State Archives. If a record cannot be located, the certificate fee is not refunded and a Certification of Record Search will be provided.​

The Following Persons May Apply: ​
  • Surviving relative or authorized representative of the deceased
  • Funeral director who was in charge of the final disposition of the body of the deceased. Funeral directors can click here ​for information on online ordering.
Click below to learn more about:

ID Requirements          Entitlement Documentation Required​           Fees          Processing Time


To order online, visit​

For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service, VitalChek Network, Inc.  An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. 

Neither our office nor VitalChek have control over the services and fees other Internet vendors offer and charge, nor can we guarantee the confidentiality of any vital record data provided to vendors other than VitalChek.


Download an application for a copy of a Death Certificate:  
Death Certificate (PDF) (requires Adobe Reader - free download
Fetal death certificate​​​​ (PDF) (requires Adobe Reader - free download)                        
Please mail the application, photocopies of required identification, entitlement documentation, fee (check or money order only, made payable to the Division of Vital Records), and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 68760, Baltimore, MD 21215-0036. (Note that expedited shipping is not available when ordering by mail.)

Funeral facilities may continue to request certificates via the funeral facility portal​ or by mail.