Order your Michigan (MI) Birth Certificate Online

A Michigan birth certificate is an important document for different official purposes. If you were born in the state of Michigan (MI) and are in need a copy of your certificate, you are now able to easily apply for one online.

Important information about the covid-19

US Birth Certificates continues to offer its vital records application preparation services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine.

Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.

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Michigan Birth Certificate Online

The Michigan birth certificate application can be completed in a few minutes. The application requires that you provide a few essential details. After completing the application, you will simply need to print it out and send a copy of a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, to a Michigan Vital Records office. A copy of your birth certificate carries a fee, which you can pay with a check or money order.

People may be asked to present a copy of their birth certificate to prove their identity or U.S. citizenship. There are other circumstances when you will be asked to present an authorized copy of your Michigan birth certificate. Among some of these circumstances, you will need your birth certificate to obtain your driver’s license, apply for a U.S. passport, get married, or register for university or school. If you have to get a replacement of your birth certificate, obtaining an authorized or informational copy is fairly simple.

In the United States all records of life events must be kept under governmental authority. The Michigan Department of Health manages all birth certificate requests as well as marriage and death certificates. There are vital records offices in Michigan in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Kent County and Detroit City, among other locations.

    Please take into account that starting October 1st, 2020, U.S. nationals and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Among the requirements to get a REAL ID, you will be required to prove your identity with a document such as the birth certificate.

How is an informational copy different from an authorized copy?

If you need a copy of your birth certificate, make sure you know the difference between the two types that are available. The two types of copies of birth certificates in Michigan are: an informational copy or an authorized copy.

An authorized copy will always have the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.

An informational copy has the following words imprinted across the face of the copy: “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”. The information is, for the most part, the same as the info displayed on the authorized copy. Certain items may be redacted and an informational copy may not be used to obtain identification.

Authorized and informational copies are both considered "certified copies.”

How to get a Michigan Birth Certificate Copy

Getting your Michigan birth certificate can be done is a few steps. You do not have to travel to a vital records office to obtain your authorized or informational copy. Apply for your birth certificate copies, through an online application. After filling out your personal details, print out the form and mail it to the Michigan Department of Health along with a copy of a valid U.S. ID, and the respective payment.

All those born in the state of Michigan that need to request a certified copy of their birth certificate will need to include a clear photocopy of both sides of one of the forms of photo ID listed below along with a completed application form:

  • State of Michigan Driver’s License
  • State of Michigan ID Card
  • Driver’s license issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territoryState-issued
  • Photo State Identification Card issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory
  • U.S. Passport or foreign issued
  • U.S. Military Identification Card with both picture and signature

Once your application package is completed you will need to mail it to:

Regular Mail to:
Vital Records Requests
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909-8221
Rush Mail to:
Vital Records RUSH
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909-8221

This is the office that handles all birth certificate requests that are send via mail. You can always go in person to the vital records office where your birth was recorded.

Who can request a copy of a Birth Certificate?

Only eligible people are able to request an authorized copy. The following persons are eligible to apply for a person’s birth certificate:

  • The person named on the certificate.
  • That person’s mother, father, or legal guardian.
  • The husband or wife of person named on certificate.
  • The son or daughter of person named on certificate.
  • The sister or brother of person named on certificate.
  • The legal representative of an authorized person.

When completing the application, you will need to provide the following details:

  • Last name (as it would appear on the certificate)
  • First name
  • Sex
  • Exact date of birth
  • Name of hospital or address where you were born
  • Why do you need the certificate
  • Your mother’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Your father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

Michigan Birth Certificate Cost

When requesting a copy of a birth certificate applicants need to cover the cost of each copy requested. When preparing your application, you will need to include a money order or a personal check.

The filing fee of each copy of a birth certificate in Michigan is of 4-5 weeks. The price is the same for both, a certified or an informational copy.

Michigan Birth Certificate Processing Times

Once you have completed your application and have mailed it to the vital records office you will have to wait until it’s processed. Processing time in each state varies, in Michigan, birth certificate requests are processed within 4-5 weeks. There are peak request periods, and it is possible that during these periods, the order takes longer to process.

Michigan Vital Records Offices

Below you will find a complete list of Vital Records offices and Michigan County Recorders that are able to provide Birth Certificate copies. Though County Recorder Offices may not be close to your home, they can at times process requests faster than CDPH-VR.

Michigan Department Of Health And Human Services
333 S. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI 48909

Alpena County Clerk
720 W Chisholm St, Suite 2, Alpena, MI 49707-2453

Bay County Clerk
515 Center Avenue, Ste. 10, Bay City, MI 48708-5122

Berrien County Clerk
701 Main Street, Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Cass County Clerk
P.O. Box 355, Cassopolis, MI 49031

Dearborn City Clerk
16901 Michigan Avenue, Suite 11, Dearborn, MI 48126

Detroit City Vital Records
400 Monroe Ave, 6th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226

Clinton County Clerk
100 E. State St., Suite 2600, St. Johns, MI 48879

Delta County Clerk
310 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829

Eaton County Clerk
1045 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, MI 48813

Genesee County Clerk
900 South Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502

Hillsdale County Clerk
29 N Howell Street, Room 1, Hillsdale, MI 49242

Ingham County Clerk
P.O. Box 179, Mason, Michigan 48854

Iosco County Clerk
422 Lake St., Tawas City, MI 48764

Isabella County Clerk
200 N. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Kent County Administration
300 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Jackson County Clerk
312 S. Jackson St. Street, Jackson, MI 49201

Lenawee County Clerk
301 N Main St, Adrian, MI 49221

Macomb County Clerk
120 N Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Marquette County Clerk
234 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855

Mecosta County Clerk
400 Elm Street, Room 131, Big Rapids, MI 49307

Monroe County County Clerk
106 East First Street, Monroe, MI 48161

Oakland County Clerk
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac, MI 48341

Saginaw County Clerk
Saginaw Co Govt Center, Room 101, 111 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, MI 48602

Saint Joseph County Vital Records
125 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 189, Centreville, MI 49032

Wayne County Clerk
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave, Room 201, Detroit, MI 48226

Wexford County Clerk
437 East Division Street, Cadillac, MI 49601

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