Maryland Birth Records Search
Both the Division of Vital Records and the Maryland Department of Health compiles, maintain and issue birth records. Maryland has birth records dating back to 1875.
Maryland keeps all birth records closed, and so only the following people can obtain a copy of yours: you, if you are 18 or older, your parents, if named on the certificate, a court-appointed guardian, your spouse or a legal representative with proper authorization.
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You must also present a valid, photo ID when applying for a Maryland birth record. The photo ID must be government-issued with both issue and expiration dates on it. If you cannot provide a valid, photo ID you cannot get same-day service and will have to produce instead two of the following: car registration, pay stub, bank statement, utility bill with current address, letter from a government agency requesting a vital record, income tax return or W-2 form, lease or rental agreement.
Types of Maryland Birth Records
Maryland offers two types of birth records that you can purchase.
- Certified Birth Certificate - this is a legal document that may be used to verify your identity for purposes of retirement, social security, obtaining a driver’s license or passport, entering school and other government-related actions.
- Commemorative Birth Certificate - this decorative copy is for informational purposes only and cannot be used to verify your identity legally. This keepsake is printed on “heirloom-quality paper and features hand calligraphy, an official embossed seal, the signature of Governor Larry Hogan.”
Maryland’s population is currently estimated at 6.08 million people. The smallest state in the country, Maryland has an impressive population and density.
Maryland ranks 20th in the country regarding population and has a growth rate of 0.96%.
Maryland is the 42nd largest state in America with a landmass of 12,407 square miles. With 594 people per square mile, Maryland is one of the most densely populated states in the U.S., ranking 5th. Montgomery and Kent counties are the most populous of the state.
Maryland was one of the original 13 States.
Population change from 2010-2016
Population by Gender
There are more women than men in Maryland. The total population of Maryland is estimated at 6,024,752 people with 2,920,395 male and 3,104,357 female. There are 183,962 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.53% of the total population.
The Maryland Gender Ratio is 94 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.94. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.
Gender ratio in 2016
Total population in 2016
Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016
Maryland Birth Statistics
The state's birth rate decreased to 11.73 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 73,136 total births making it lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 73,136, 1.85% of the number of nationwide registered births.
State Birth Rate
Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Maryland
Top 5 Counties in Maryland with the lowest/highest Birth Rate
|Top 5 counties in Maryland with the lowest birth rate||Top 5 counties in Maryland with the highest birth rate|
|Carroll County - 10.36||Baltimore City - 13.84|
|Harford County - 10.75||Prince George's County - 13.54|
|Cecil County - 10.78||St. Mary's County - 12.66|
|Howard County - 11.25||Montgomery County - 12.57|
|Washington County - 11.27||Anne Arundel County - 12.26|
Maryland Fertility Rate
In Maryland the fertility rate based on historical data went from 60.73 to 60.59 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 61.28 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 28.59 to 29.42.
State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother
Fertility Rate By County
The top reproductive counties of Maryland are Washington - 65.49, Prince George's - 64.59 and Montgomery - 64.3. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
|St. Mary's County||63.89|
|Anne Arundel County||63.28|
|Baltimore city County||59.72|
State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age
Where to Obtain a Maryland Birth Certificate
You may visit the Maryland Division of Vital Records office weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to have a Maryland birth records search performed and get a copy of your certificate. You can also visit a local health office to get a copy.
If you order by mail, your wait time will be 3-4 weeks. For changes to birth certificates, the processing time is 6-8 weeks.
If ordering by mail, send a copy of your photo ID, fee, self-addressed, stamped envelope and application to: Division of Vital Records, 6764-B Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Maryland charges $10 to perform the Maryland birth record search and regardless of whether it yields results or not, the fee is non-refundable. The cost for a commemorative certificate is $50, $25 of it tax deductible and a portion of the proceeds fund state activities.