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How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Michigan

Birth certificates for the state of Michigan are handled by the State of Michigan Vital Records Office.  Their records begin in the year 1867.  Michigan Birth Record Search

Please note that you are only able to order birth certificates for yourself, your spouse, or a child for whom you are the parent, guardian or legal representative.  You must be at least 18 yeas of age and provide proof of your identity in the form of a copy of a valid government-issued photo ID, such as your driver’s license, state-issued identification card, government issued employment identification, or passport. 

Enlarge the copy of your ID and lighten it if needed to ensure it is clear and readable.  Sign underneath it to verify that you are the requestor.  If you are not ordering your own birth certificate, please make a notation on the copy of your ID of y our relationship to the person whose birth certificate you are requesting.  Enclose a copy of any legal or supporting documentation such as guardianship papers or marriage license or certificate.

Please download the Michigan birth records order form and fill it out and mail with payment and a copy of your photo identification to:

Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI  48909

Cost of copy: $26.00

Please do not send cash.  Personal check or certified funds only.

Please call 517-335-8666 prior to mailing to ensure that the fees have not changed since the publication of this document.

You may also present the form, payment, and ID in person to:

201 Townsend Street, Capitol View Bldg, 3rd Floor, Lansing MI 48913 (across the street from the state capitol - south side).

The hours of operation are: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri, except for State holidays.

Additional information:

Please note the Vital Records office will be closed for the following recognized state holidays:

May 28, 2007 - Memorial Day
July 4, 2007 - 4th of July
Sept. 3, 2007 - Labor Day
Nov. 12, 2007 - Veteran's Day
Nov. 22-23, 2007 - Thanksgiving Holidays
Dec. 24-25, 2007 - Christmas Holidays
Dec. 31, 2007 - New Year's Eve
Jan. 1, 2008 - New Year's Day