Maryland Birth Records Search

Both the Division of Vital Records and the Maryland Department of Health compile, maintain and issue birth records. Maryland birth records are dating back to 1875.

The State 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.

You must also present a valid, photo ID when applying for MD birth records. 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 MD Birth Records

The State 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.”

State Population

Maryland’s population is currently estimated at 6.08 million people. The smallest state in the country, it has an impressive population and density.

MD ranks 20th in the country regarding population and has a growth rate of 0.96%.

It is the 42nd largest state in America with a landmass of 12,407 square miles. With 594 people per square mile, and 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.

It was one of the original 13 States.

State Population
1 birth every 432 seconds

1 death every 648 seconds

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 states with a lower birth rate than Maryland Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Maryland
Michigan - 11.30Kentucky - 13.09
Ohio - 11.34Alabama - 12.25
Wisconsin - 11.35California - 12.30
Maine - 9.84Colorado - 11.83
Massachusetts - 9.74Minnesota - 12.68

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 - 10.36Baltimore City - 13.84
Harford County - 10.75Prince George's County - 13.54
Cecil County - 10.78St. Mary's County - 12.66
Howard County - 11.25Montgomery County - 12.57
Washington County - 11.27Anne Arundel County - 12.26

Fertility Rate in MD

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 County - 65.49, Prince George's County - 64.59 and Montgomery County - 64.3. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
St. Mary's County63.89
Anne Arundel County63.28
Frederick County60.04
Baltimore city59.72
Carroll County59.69
Baltimore County59.45
Cecil County58.4
Harford County58.27
Howard County57.43
Charles County56.76

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

The State 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.

Maryland Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $24.00
Organization: Division of Vital Records; Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Address:6550 Reisterstown Road; P.O. Box 68760, Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Remarks: State office has records since August 1898. Records for city of Baltimore are available from January 1875. The cost for the Commemorative Birth Certificate is $50.00. For genealogical studies and older records, you must apply through the Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401, (410) 260-6400. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Division of Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (410) 764-3038. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration website..