Death and Fetal Death Certificates

The Division issues certified copies of death certificates for individuals who died in Maryland in 1969 or later. For copies of records for deaths that occurred prior to 1969, 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.

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 to obtain a copy of a death or fetal death certificate:
Death Certificate​ (Word) (requires Microsoft Word)
Death Certificate​ (PDF) (required Adobe Reader - free download​)
Fetal death certificate (Word) (requires Microsoft Word)
Fetal death certificate​ (PDF) (requires Adobe Reader - free download)
Descargüe el form​ulario bilingue (Inglés / Español)​​​ (necesita Adobe Reader - descárgelo gratis - la información en este formulario se puede guardar e imprimir)

Please mail the application, photocopies of required identification, 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.


  TO ORDER ONLINE:

To order online, visit www.vitalchek.com​


  
TO ORDER BY PHONE:

To order by phone, call 410-764-3038.


  TO ORDER IN PERSON:
 

Death certificates for individuals with valid, government-issued photo identification 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.  

Within 30 days of a death, copies of the record may also be obtained from the local health department in which the funeral director filed the death certificate, with the exception of the Baltimore City and Baltimore County health departments. You must apply in person at the appropriate local health department.