ORDER YOUR 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.
Some government offices remain closed, or are only open for appointments, however online and mail applications are accepted as normal. This allows our vital records services to continue without interruption.
Processing times have improved and most vital records offices are now operating as usual. Your vital record request will be processed and delivered as quickly as possible.
We will keep you updated on any changes.
Legal Disclaimer: US Birth Certificates is a privately owned website that is not affiliated with, not owned or operated by any government agency. US Birth Certificates is an independent preparer that provides vital records application preparation assistance services. If you are looking for blank forms, you can get them for free at the relevant state office.
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:
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.
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."
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:
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.
Only eligible people are able to request an authorized copy. The following persons may apply for another person’s birth certificate:
When completing the application, you will need to provide the following details:
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 $16 each.The price is the same for both a certified or an informational copy.
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.
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.
Bay County Clerk
515 Center Avenue, Ste. 101
Bay City, MI 48708-5122
Dearborn City Clerk
16901 Michigan Avenue, Suite 11
Dearborn, MI 48126
400 Monroe Ave, 6th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226
Genesee County Clerk
900 South Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48502
Ingham County Clerk
341 S Jefferson St
Mason, Michigan 48854
Alpena County Clerk
720 W Chisholm St, Suite 2
Alpena, MI 49707-2453
Eaton County Clerk
1045 Independence Blvd
Charlotte, MI 48813
Jackson County Clerk
312 S. Jackson St. Street
Jackson, MI 49201
Kent County Administration
300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Lenawee County Clerk
301 N Main St
Adrian, MI 49221
Macomb County Clerk
120 N Main, Mount Clemens
Michigan Department Of Health And Human Services
333 S. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48909
Monroe County Clerk
106 East First Street, Monroe
1200 N. Telegraph Road Pontiac,
Saginaw County Clerk
Saginaw Co Govt Center, Room 101, 111
S Michigan Ave
Saginaw, MI 48602
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Ave, Room 201
Detroit, MI 48226
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:
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:
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 $16 per copy.
Turnaround time for a Michigan birth certificate depends on several factors.
Michigan citizens can submit a birth certificate application in 2 ways:
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: