Where to Obtain a Michigan Birth Certificate

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.