Order your Michigan (MI) Birth Certificate Online

Order your Michigan (MI) Birth Certificate online in a few simple steps. You can order a certified copy of your vital records in minutes and avoid long lines and government offices.

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Michigan Birth Certificate Application

A Michigan birth certificate application can be completed in just a few minutes. The application only requires you to provide a few essential details so you can quickly and easily obtain your document.

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. You also need to pay a fee, which you can make with a check or money order.

You may be asked to present a copy of your birth certificate to prove your identity or [U.S. citizenship(https://www.usbirthcertificates.com/glossary/proof-of-citizenship).

There are other circumstances when you will be asked to present an authorized copy of your Michigan birth certificate. This includes situations such as:

  • Obtaining your driver’s license
  • Applying for a U.S. passport
  • Getting married
  • Registering 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.

In Michigan, the state’s Department of Health manages all birth certificate requests as well as marriage and death certificates. There are vital records offices in Michigan located in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Kent County and Detroit City, among other locations.

Please take into account that starting May 3rd, 2023, U.S. nationals and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircraft. Among the requirements of getting a REAL ID, is proving identity with a document such as a birth certificate.

Types of Michigan Birth Certificate

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 territory
  • State-issued Photo 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:

Vital Records Requests P.O. Box 30721 Lansing, MI 48909-8221

Rush mail applications must be addressed to the same address, but indicating "Vital Records RUSH" instead.

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


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Who Can Request a Copy of a Birth Certificate?

Only eligible people are able to request an authorized copy. The following persons may apply for another 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 you need the certificate
  • Your mother’s name or parent’s name prior to their first marriage
  • Your father’s name or parent’s name prior to their first marriage

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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 $34 ($14 for senior citizens applying for their own record). Each additional copy have a reduced cost of $12 each.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. Although County Recorder Offices may be further from your home, they can at times process requests faster.

FAQs about Michigan Birth Certificates

  • How to get a birth certificate in Michigan?

    Michigan-born citizens can get a certified copy of their birth certificate online without having to visit a vital records office, nor wait in line for long hours.

    MI birth certificates can be obtained following 3 simple steps:

    • Fill out the online birth certificate application form for Michigan
    • Print, sign, and pack the application form with the required documents (see detailed list above) and the applicable fees
    • Post your birth certificate application package to the vital records office
    • Once the birth certificate order is received, the State of Michigan will issue the document and post it to the applicant's home address.
  • Who can change a error in a Michigan birth certificate?

    Citizens of Detroit or the rest of Michigan can obtain a certified copy of their birth certificate in 2 different ways.

    Both require completing a MI birth certificate application, printing and signing it and submitting it with the required documents and payment (as detailed above).

    The birth certificate application package can then be submitted:

    • By mail to the vital records office to avoid waiting in line
    • In person to the vital records office (see addresses above)"
  • How much is a birth certificate in Michigan?

    The cost of a Michigan birth certificate can vary depending on the application method and whether rush service is required.

    The first copy of an official birth certificate issued in Michigan carries a state fee of $34.

    Any additional copies of the same birth certificate ordered within a single birth certificate application package carry a cost of $12 per copy.

    • Rush service is available for MI birth certificate applications, at an additional cost.
    • Payment must be submitted at the same time as the birth certificate application package.
  • How long does it take to get a birth certificate in Michigan?

    Turnaround time for a Michigan birth certificate depends on several factors.

    Michigan citizens can submit a birth certificate application in 2 ways:

    • By mail, which usually takes 4-5 weeks or 2-3 weeks for rush orders
    • In person at the vital records office, which can result in same-day service, this can entail require waiting in line, and submitting the application before 3 PM

    Delays and rejected applications are usually due to errors on the form or incomplete documents, which cause unnecessary setbacks.

    To avoid delays and have a birth certificate issued in MI on the first try:

    • Have the form revised by experts before submitting it
    • Follow our personalized instructions
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