Welcome to Michigan's Vital Records Services on the Internet
Please note, if you need a copy of a record of a vital event that occurred in another state, you should contact that state's vital records office. Click here for a list of addresses and phone numbers.
Fees for Michigan Vital Records - Searches and Copies
The current fee for the search for and a certified copy of a Michigan vital record is
$15.00. This fee is not refundable. The $15.00 fee will provide for a search of three
years. If no record is found, the applicant will receive, in place of the certified copy,
an official statement that the record requested is not on file with the State of Michigan.
Michigan law, Section 333.2894(1), requires a written application and prepayment of the established fee before the vital records office can search for and provide a certified copy of a Michigan vital record. To enable us to search for a requested record among the over 30 million vital records, filed with the State of Michigan, you must include sufficient information on the application about the record requested.
Anyone is eligible to receive a certified copy of a Michigan death, marriage, divorce,
or affidavit of parentage record if they make the request in writing and prepay the
required search fee (MCL 333.2882(1)). Anyone is also eligible to receive a birth record
if that birth occurred at least 110 years ago (MCL 333.2882(1)(b)).
***The request must be written and the search fee must be prepaid.***
The department can prescribe conditions or terms under which federal, state, local or other public and private agencies can receive a copy of a vital record or data from vital records for administrative purposes (MCL 333.2883(2)). Administrative use copies are not certified, but are copies marked with "For administrative use only, not for personal use". The State vital records office will provide administrative copies of vital records to those agencies that need such copies in order to perform the basic functions of the agency. An agency requesting an administrative copy must indicate that, in order to perform its required functions, it must have independent access to vital record information to establish or remove/deny eligibility for a benefit, program, or employment, or the record is needed to close an active file. Such copies can only be used for the specific purpose for which they were requested. Administrative Use requests are to be submitted along with the regular $15 search fee on our standard Administrative Use Only application form for birth records. The regular application forms are to be used for death, marriage, and divorce records.
Authenticated copies are also referred to as records containing an apostille. Authenticated records, which contain the Great Seal of Michigan, are required by some foreign countries for an adoption, marriage, establishment of citizenship, work visa, or court action in a foreign country. An authenticated record is not required for foreign travel. The same rules for eligibility apply to authenticated records as to certified copies of a record. (Click here for rules).
Veteran's Benefits Copies
Upon making a written request, a veteran is entitled to one certified copy of a vital record at no charge for the purpose of securing a bonus, pension or compensation (MCL333.2891(6)). This certified copy will be marked with "For veterans benefits only, not for personal use". If the person entitled to the record is deceased or mentally incompetent, the copy may be furnished to an heir, guardian, or legal representative of the person.
To request a correction or change to a birth or death record, an official application
and the appropriate fee must be submitted. In most cases, documentation to support the
corrections or changes must also be submitted. For further information, contact the
changes unit at 517-335-8660. Please note that Michigan marriage records are
corrected in the county that issued the marriage license. For information regarding a
correction to a marriage record, contact the appropriate county.
Adopted or Legal Name Change
If you are adopted and your adoption has been properly filed with the state vital records office, your original Michigan birth record should be sealed, based on an order from the court that approved the adoption. Therefore, our office can only issue a copy of the amended birth record that indicates your adopted name and the name of your adoptive parents. When applying for a copy of your birth record, please list your adopted name on the name-at-birth line and your adopted parents' names on the lines for the name of the mother and father.
This office does not have copies of the adoption decree. You need to contact the court in the county where the adoption was finalized to obtain that information. If you do not know the county where the adoption was finalized, you can request a copy of your adoptive birth record and specifically request that we identify the court that ordered the adoptive record be created.
If you are trying to obtain a copy of your original birth record or to locate
information about your biological parents or siblings, the court that finalized your
adoption or the agency that handled your adoption may be able to assist you.
If you have an urgent request, we advise Internet customers to use the convenience of
requesting copies of vital records through online ordering with a credit card. To use this
service, click on 'Order a Certificate Now' from the left-hand menu bar.
If you have questions, please call (517) 335-8666 to speak to a customer service representative. This number will be answered between 8 am & 5 pm ET during State of Michigan work days.
Currently, we are able to respond to completed applications with correct payment with the following turn-around times. Note that the time to complete a request is based upon the type of service requested and the year of the event. Please allow additional time from that shown below for mailing and our Department's receipting of your payment for both regular and expedited service.
To order a vital record online using a credit card, click on 'Order a Certificate Now'
from the left-hand menu bar.
To download a mail-in application form to request a copy of a vital record, click on
'Order a Vital Record' from the left-hand menu bar.