Request Birth Certificates

​The Division of Vital Records' lobby is open to service all customers by appointment only.

Certificates may also be ordered by mail (see below) or at some local health departments. Please click here​ to get more information on the location closest to you.​​

The Following Persons May Apply:​

  • An individual requesting his/her own birth certificate.
  • A parent named on the certificate.
  • A court-appointed guardian of the individual named on the certificate. A foster care appointment is not acceptabl​e; proof of guardianship must be submitted.
  • A surviving spouse of the individual named on the certificate.​​​
  • A representative of: (1) the individual or a parent named on the certificate; or (2) the court-appointed guardian of the individual named on the certificate. The representative must have a letter signed by the individual, parent, or guardian, and certified by a notary public, stating that the representative has permission to obtain a copy of the certificate.​​​​​​​​


Creating A New Birth Certificate: A person born in Maryland, whose birth was never registered, may apply for a delayed certificate of birth. Contact the Division of Vital Records at 410-764-3038 for further information. A new birth certificate may also be prepared in the case of:

  • Adoption
  • Legitimation
  • Adjudication of paternity
  • Sex change*
  • Diagnosis of an intersex condition*

Commemorative birth certificates suitable for framing are available. Proceeds from these certificates benefit the Children's Trust Fund.​Click here​ for more information.​​​​​​​