Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records
Order A Record By Mail
Regular processing time for mail-in orders is 5 weeks and rush processing is 3 weeks.
This includes mail time and receipting your payment in our Accounting Department. If you have questions, please contact our Eligibility Unit at 517-335-8666.
Please select from the following application forms for birth, death, marriage, divorce and Affidavit of Parentage records. Please review the entire list below to determine the appropriate form for your needs.
**** IMPORTANT NOTICE ****
The State Vital Records Office will be closed on recognized state holidays:
Monday & Tuesday, December 24-25, 2012 - Christmas Break
Monday, December 31, 2012 - New Year's Eve
Monday, January 1, 2013 - New Year's Day
Monday, January 21, 2013 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 18, 2013 - President's Day
Monday, May 27, 2013 - Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4, 2013 - Fourth of July
Monday, September 2, 2013 - Labor Day
Monday, November 11, 2013 - Veteran's Day
Thursday & Friday, November 28-29, 2013 - Thanksgiving
Tuesday & Wednesday, December 24-25, 2013 - Christmas
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - New Year's Eve
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - New Year's Day
PHOTO ID REQUIREMENTS
Birth records less than 100 years old and Affidavit of Parentage records filed in the Central Paternity Registry are restricted documents and you must prove eligibility in order to request one. We will accept a current valid driver's license, state-issued photo identification card or passport. If you do not have photo ID, click here for a list of alternative documents that can be used.
|Birth Record Applications
PHOTO IDENTIFICATION IS REQUIRED TO REQUEST A MICHIGAN BIRTH RECORD. A certified copy is printed on special safety paper and contains a raised, embossed seal. Records are available as early as 1867, however, the initial registration year varies by the county where the birth occurred (click here for table). Birth records are restricted in
Michigan and only a person or parent named on the record or a court-appointed legal guardian of the person named on the record may request a copy of a birth record that is LESS than 100 years old. A legally licensed representative is eligible to request a copy if he/she represents the person named on the record. An heir may request a copy of a birth record LESS than 100 years old if they can provide an out-of-state death certificate or the death information if it was a Michigan death with the request. Anyone can request a birth record that is OVER 100 years old as they are no longer restricted documents.
Senior Citizen Certified Copies|
PHOTO IDENTIFICATION IS REQUIRED TO REQUEST A MICHIGAN BIRTH RECORD. A person who is age 65 or older and applying for a certified copy of his
or her own birth record is charged a reduced fee. The reduced fee does NOT apply to a senior citizen ordering a record for someone else.