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The Division of Vital Records of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issues certified copies of birth, death, fetal death, and marriage certificates for events that occur in Maryland. The Division also provides divorce verifications. The Division provides information on procedures to follow for registering an adoption, legitimation, or an adjudication of paternity. Refer to each section on this site for more information in each area. 

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

TO APPLY IN PERSON OR BY MAIL:

Come in or write to:

The Division of Vital Records
6550 Reisterstown Road
Reisterstown Road Plaza
Baltimore, MD 21215
 

The Division of Vital Records is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Offices are closed on State holidays. 

Division of Vital Records Holidays: 2014
January 1 (Wednesday)
New Year's Day
January 20 (Monday)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday* (observed)
February 17 (third Monday)
Presidents' Day
May 23 (Friday)
service reduction day***
May 26 (Monday)
Memorial Day
July 4 (Friday)
Independence Day
September 1 (first Monday)
Labor Day
October 13 (Monday)
Columbus Day* (observed)
November 4 (Tuesday)
Election Day (statewide general election)
November 11 (Tuesday)
Veterans' Day* (observed)
November 27 (fourth Thursday)
Thanksgiving Day
November 28 (fourth Friday)
American Indian Heritage Day
December 25 (Thursday)
Christmas Day
 

*If the U.S. Congress designates another day for observance, the day named by Congress becomes the legal date.

**When a holiday falls on a Saturday, for State employees it is observed the Friday before. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the observance is on the following Monday.

***Due to budget constraints, State operations are curtailed on service reduction days as specified in Executive Order 01.01.2011.08

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 Most birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. In order to receive same day service, an applicant will be required to present valid, unexpired, government-issued photo identification. The identification must have a date issued and an expiration date.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene does not accept credit cards or online orders; however, 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. VitalChek can be reached either through its website, http://www.vitalchek.com. 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®.

FOR RETURN MAIL SERVICE: Enclose a self-addressed, stamped, legal size envelope and proper payment.

FEES*

Fees vary depending on type of certificate and type of service requested. When applying in person, you may use cash, check, or money order. When mailing an application, include a check or money order only, made payable to the Division of Vital Records.

If a record cannot be located, the certificate fee is not refunded and a Certification of Record Search will be provided.

If you wish to obtain a copy of a certificate from a local health department, please be advised that you may be charged a processing fee in addition to the certificate fee. Please check with the local health department in your jurisdiction for more information on additional charges.

Birth certificates and related services

When obtaining a birth certificate or a related service from the Division of Vital Records in Baltimore, there is a $24 fee:

  • For each certified or abridged copy of a birth certificate;
  • For a report that a search of the files was made and the requested record is not on file; or
  • For each change to a certificate made later than one year after the certificate has been registered with the Department.

VitalChek, a nongovernmental agency, provides a credit card service (MasterCard, Visa, Visa Debit Card, Discover, and American Express) that may be used for telephone, online, and fax orders only. Orders may be placed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. There is an additional $9.75 charge per order for this service. There is an additional fee of $15.50 if express mail is requested.

*FEES FOR CURRENT OR FORMER MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES:

The Department does not collect a fee for:

  • a copy of a certificate of a current or former armed forces member that is requested by the member; or
  • a copy of a certificate of a current or former armed forces member or of a surviving spouse or child of the member, if the copy will be used in connection with a claim for a dependent or beneficiary of the member.