Maryland law requires that all births occurring in the State be registered with the Maryland Department of Health (Md. Health-General Code Ann. 4-208). Registration of your child's birth establishes the facts of birth and will be used throughout your child's lifetime for a variety of legal purposes.
When a baby is born outside of an institution and the delivery is not attended by a physician, certified nurse midwife, or direct-entry midwife, the local health officer or designee of the jurisdiction where the birth occurred is required to attempt to verify the facts regarding the birth (COMAR 10.03.01.03E). If the facts can be verified, the local health officer will sign the birth record and file the record with the Department of Health.
Contact the local health department in the jurisdiction (county or Baltimore City) where the birth occurred. Some jurisdictions have procedures in place to allow parents to "preregister" in anticipation of a home birth. Preregistration simplifies the registration process that will take place after the baby is born.
You will be required to provide information that verifies the following facts of birth:
You will also be required to:
One of the following valid, unexpired, government-issued documents:
Two of the following documents that contain the applicant's name and current address:
One of the following:
If the birth occurred outside of the mother's place of residence, and the mother is a resident of Maryland, all of the following:
If the mother is not a resident of Maryland, evidence must consist of clear and convincing evidence acceptable to the local health officer.
If the facts regarding a birth cannot be verified by the local health officer, parents may seek an order from a court of competent jurisdiction that lists the facts about the birth and orders the Secretary of the Department of Healthto create the birth record.
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