The current basic search fee for a certified copy of a Michigan vital record is $34.00. The $34.00 basic search fee will cover a search of the year specified on your application for the vital event. If you do not have an exact date of an event, you will need to provide a year to search. If the information provided on your application allows us to find the record, one certified copy is sent to you. If no record is found, you will receive an official statement that the record requested is not on file with the State of Michigan. This $34.00 basic search fee is non-refundable.

Michigan vital records orders placed online through VitalChek, Michigan's ONLY authorized online service provider.

Processing time is 1-2 business days for a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery and 2 weeks for a regular mail delivery. A $12.00 RUSH fee will be charged for each online order, in addition to VitalChek's $11.50 credit card handling charge and the regular processing fee of $34.00.  Requests for "authenticated" documents requiring an apostille for use in a foreign country have different fees and require longer processing times.

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The necessary fee(s) must accompany your mail order. No search will be made or certified copy issued if the correct fee is not received with your completed application. Payment with a mailed-in application must be made by money order or a check payable to the State of Michigan in US funds only. Please do not send cash. Online orders are billed to your credit card as soon as the card is authorized by VitalChek.

Requests for administrative use only copies (for qualifying agencies only), fees for the basic search, additional copies and additional years searched and the prepayment requirements are the same as those indicated above for certified copies.

You can receive an expedited search for the record requested by mail for an additional fee of $12.00. For information on turn-around times for an expedited search, click here.

If you wish to apply in person to order a Michigan vital record, you may do so at the office located at 201 Townsend St, Capitol View Building, 3rd Floor, Lansing MI 48933 (across from the State Capitol). Lobby hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Directions are available by logging onto our website at: www.michigan.gov/vitalrecords or by calling 517-335-8666. Orders at our counter must be placed by 3:00 pm in order to receive same-day service. An additional "rush" fee of $12.00 is required for same-day service and you must allow up to a 2 hour waiting period for the order to be processed. Genealogy requests may take somewhat longer. A money order, credit card or cash can be used at our front counter if same-day service is requested. A personal check can also be used if the request is NOT same-day service.











Order a birth, death, marriage or divorce record:
- Online RUSH order using a debit or credit card
- By mail



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