NOTICE: EFFECTIVE July 1, 2016 - Certified copies of birth and death certificates are provided on a walk-in basis. The cost is $20 per birth certificate, $18 for the first death certificate and $20 for each additional death certificate per transaction. You can pay by cash, check, MasterCard or Visa credit cards.
If you were born in the State of Maryland after January 1, 1939, you can apply for a copy of your birth certificate at the Health Department.
If you were born prior to 1939, or need to obtain a birth certificate for a deceased person, you need to contact the Baltimore Office of Vital Records to obtain a copy of your birth certificate.
If you were born in another state, you would need to contact that state directly to apply for your birth certificate. Contact us at 301-600-1029 and we can give you the telephone numbers for the other states and for the Baltimore office.
Applying for Birth Certificate
Each individual, or parent of an individual, must appear in person to fill out an application (PDF) and will need to have a valid government issued photo ID with an issued date and an expiration date.
Only the individual or parent listed on the certificate can obtain the certificate unless you have documentation of legal guardianship or a notarized letter of permission.
If you do not have a valid ID, the certificate will be mailed to you, however you must provide 2 alternative pieces of documentation. At least one of these documents must contain your current mailing address.
Certified copies of death certificates can be issued to immediate family members if the date of death is January 1, 2015 to present and the death certificate has been registered. If death occurred before January 1, 2015, you must contact the Division of Vital Records at 410-764-3053 to obtain certified copies of death certificates.