Michigan Birth Records Search

The State of Michigan Vital Records Office is responsible for collecting, maintaining and issuing copies of Michigan birth records. They have been compiling them since 1867.

MI birth records are closed until 100 years; then they become public records. Only the following people can request a copy of your birth record: you if you are 18 or older, you parents if listed on the record, a legal guardian, a legal, licensed representative for the person on record, your children, your grandchildren and a court order or government agency.

You must also bring with you a current photo ID such as: current driver’s license, state-issued photo ID, passport, military photo ID, work photo ID, prison ID, student photo ID.

To speak with someone about questions you can reach them at 517-335-8666, press option #4.

Types of MI Birth Records

The state offers a few different types of birth records that you can purchase based on your needs.

  • Certified Birth Certificate - this is a legal document verifying your identity, and you can use it when applying for government jobs, the military or to get a driver’s license or passport. This type is printed on special paper with a raised, embossed seal.
  • Heirloom Birth Certificate - this type is a decorative keepsake with printed artwork and the Governor’s signature. This is not a legal document to use to verify identity. You can choose between five designs.
  • Affidavit of Parentage Form - this form legally documents the parentage of a person born in Michigan. You can use it for any legal purposes where this information is necessary.
  • Birth Verification - a birth verification supplies details verifying that someone was born in the area.

State Population

The state’s current population is estimated at 9.99 million people. It is 45th regarding population and has a less than 1% decrease annually. It is the 11th largest state in the U.S. with a landmass of 96,716 square miles and a population density of 174 people per square mile. They are 18th concerning population density.

Detroit is the state's largest city with over 713,862 people. Other large Michigan cities include Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Ann Arbor.

The area was originally part to the Northwest Territory in 1787 then became a State in January of 1837.

State Population
1 birth every 279 seconds

1 death every 419 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Michigan. The total population of Michigan is estimated at 9,933,445 people with 4,887,472 male and 5,045,973 female. There are 158,501 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.80% of the total population.

The Michigan Gender Ratio is 97 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.97. 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

Michigan Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 11.30 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 113,315 total births making it lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 113,315, 2.87% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Michigan

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Michigan Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Michigan
New Jersey - 10.92Idaho - 13.70
Pennsylvania - 10.51Kentucky - 13.09
Rhode Island - 9.04Wyoming - 12.61
Vermont - 9.35District Of Columbia - 14.47
Connecticut - 9.29Maryland - 11.73

Top 5 Counties in Michigan with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Michigan with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Michigan with the highest birth rate
Livingston County - 9.45Kent County - 13.72
St. Clair County - 9.96Wayne County - 13.23
Washtenaw County - 10.12Calhoun County - 12.35
Bay County - 10.13Muskegon County - 12.27
Monroe County - 10.23Ottawa County - 12.19

Fertility Rate in MI

In Michigan the fertility rate based on historical data went from 59.76 to 60.02 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 60.47 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.32 to 28.19.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Michigan are Muskegon County - 67.55, Allegan County - 67.19 and Calhoun County - 66.84. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Wayne County66.62
Kent County66.21
Jackson County65.5
Berrien County64.05
Genesee County63.02
Saginaw County61.98
Bay County59.02
Oakland County58.98
Ottawa County58.63
St. Clair County58.55
Monroe County58.37
Macomb County57.93
Eaton County56.92
Livingston County55.84
Kalamazoo County55.02
Ingham County48.94
Washtenaw County43.08

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Michigan Birth Certificate

To get a copy of your birth certificate and have Michigan birth records search performed, you can visit the State of Michigan Vital Records Office in person at 333 S Grand Avenue, 1st Floor, Lansing MI 48933. They are open weekdays between 8 a.m., and 5 p.m. Processing may take up to 2 hours.

If your order via Michigan birth records search online through VitalChek, you can get your order within 1-2 business days. You may also order expedited service for $12 more.

You can also order through the mail, but it will take two weeks for processing. You must pay by either a check or money order made out to the State of Michigan.

THe state charges a non-refundable fee of $34 for a copy of your birth certificate.

Michigan Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $34.00 (Rush fee additional $12.00)
Organization: Vital Records Request
Address:P.O. Box 30721, Lansing, MI 48909
Remarks: State office has records of births that occurred and were filed with the state since 1867. Some of the records (especially pre-1906 births) were not filed with the state. Affidavit of Parentage records are on file in the Central Paternity Registry since June 1, 1997 and can be ordered from the State Office. Records prior to that date would have to be obtained from the court where they were filed. Personal check or money order should be made payable to State of Michigan. Fees are $34.00 for the search and first certified copy of any birth or Affidavit of Parentage record. Exception is Senior Citizen age 65+ ($14.00) requesting their own birth record. Additional copies of any record ordered at the same time are $16.00 each. To request an application call the recorded message at (517) 335-8656, to leave your name and mailing address with type of application needed. To speak to a customer service representative call 517-335-8666 and press option #4. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services website. Michigan birth records and Affidavit of Parentage records are restricted documents and are available only to eligible individuals. A photocopy of an eligible individual's current photo identification (state driver's license, state personal ID card, or passport, etc. is required to be sent in, along with the signed application and appropriate fee. Copies of records may also be obtained from the County Clerk in county where event occurred. Fees vary from county to county. City of Detroit Vital Records office was closed effective 12/13/13 and all records transferred to Wayne County. You may obtain Detroit records from the State Office or the Wayne County Office..