Order Your Michigan (MI) Birth Certificate Online

Don’t waste time applying at your local government office! Order your certified Michigan (MI) birth certificate right now from the comfort of your own home.

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Michigan Birth Certificate Online

If you apply online, the Michigan birth certificate application only takes a few minutes to fill out. You just need to provide a few basic details, print out the completed application, and mail it, with a copy of a valid photo ID, to a Michigan Vital Records office. You will also need to include payment for the state processing fees.

If you were born in Michigan, you will need a copy of your Michigan birth certificate to prove your identity and citizenship when applying for a driver’s license or U.S. passport, getting married, or enrolling in school. However, it’s easy to apply online to get a certified replacement of your birth certificate.

The Michigan Department of Health is responsible for filing and maintaining vital records for the state of Michigan. There are vital records offices located in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Kent County and Detroit City, as well as several other counties throughout the state.

You should be aware that, starting October 1st, 2021, you must have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card to fly within the U.S. or enter a federal facility. There are some additional requirements to get a REAL ID. You will have to prove both your citizenship and identity, and the easiest way to do this is with a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Informational copies vs. certified copies

Before you apply for a copy of your birth certificate, you should know the differences between the two types that Michigan offers: informational or certified.

Certified copies will always have the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was originally filed. This is the only type that can be used for official purposes.

An informational copy clearly states: “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”. It will generally contain less information that the certified copy and cannot be used for any official or legal purposes.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Birth records are restricted in Michigan. You can only apply for a birth certificate for yourself, your child, or an immediate family member. You may also apply on behalf of an individual if you are their legal guardian or legal representative, or you have a court order.

Your Michigan birth certificate is an important form of identification that you may need in order to start a new job, apply for or renew a passport or driver’s license, apply for government benefits, or sign up for school or sports.

Michigan Birth Certificate Requirements

To apply for a copy of a Michigan birth certificate, you will need to fill out an application and mail it to the Michigan vital records office. You will also need to prove your identity by including a clear photocopy, of both sides, of one of the forms of photo ID listed below, along with your completed application form.

  • U.S. driver’s license
  • State-issued ID card
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Military ID card

If you are applying for a birth certificate for someone other than yourself or your child, you must include proof of your relationship to the person on record.

Mail your complete application package to:

Vital Records Requests

P.O. Box 30721

Lansing, MI 48909-8221

For rush service, mail it to:

Vital Records RUSH

P.O. Box 30721

Lansing, MI 48909-8221

Michigan Birth Certificate Fees

Michigan charges a $34 (plus $12 for each additional copy) fee to apply for a birth certificate. You must include the full payment with your application.

Processing Time for a Michigan Birth Certificate

Our online service lets you skip the long lines and red tape at your local government office, saving you time and hassle. Simply complete our short application, wait for our experts to assemble your application package, then follow the included instructions to submit your application to the Michigan vital records office. Once it’s processed, the vital records office will mail your birth certificate to you. In most cases, birth certificate applications in Michigan are processed within 4-5 weeks. However, applications may take longer during peak request periods. Michigan also offers rush service for an additional fee, which may allow you to get your birth certificate copy in 2-3 weeks.

If you need a certified copy of your Michigan birth certificate, we recommend applying early to avoid delays. This will ensure that you get your certificate in time to apply for travel documents and passports, enroll in school or sign up for a sport, or start a new job.

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Michigan Vital Records offices

The following Vital Records offices and Michigan County Recorders can issue certified birth certificate copies. However, you may experience faster processing times at a more rural or smaller county office.

Michigan Vital Records offices

Michigan Department Of Health And Human Services

333 S. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI 48909

Alpena County Clerk

720 W Chisholm St, Suite 2, Alpena, MI 49707-2453

Bay County Clerk

515 Center Avenue, Ste. 101, Bay City, MI 48708-5122

Berrien County Clerk

701 Main Street, Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Cass County Clerk

P.O. Box 355, Cassopolis, MI 49031

Dearborn City Clerk

16901 Michigan Avenue, Suite 11, Dearborn, MI 48126

Detroit City Vital Records

400 Monroe Ave, 6th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226

Clinton County Clerk

100 E. State St., Suite 2600, St. Johns, MI 48879

Delta County Clerk

310 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829

Eaton County Clerk

1045 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, MI 48813

Genesee County Clerk

900 South Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502

Hillsdale County Clerk

29 N Howell Street, Room 1, Hillsdale, MI 49242

Ingham County Clerk

P.O. Box 179, Mason, Michigan 48854

Iosco County Clerk

422 Lake St., Tawas City, MI 48764

Isabella County Clerk

200 N. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Kent County Administration

300 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Jackson County Clerk

312 S. Jackson St. Street, Jackson, MI 49201

Lenawee County Clerk

301 N Main St, Adrian, MI 49221

Macomb County Clerk

120 N Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Marquette County Clerk

234 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855

Mecosta County Clerk

400 Elm Street, Room 131, Big Rapids, MI 49307

Monroe County County Clerk

106 East First Street, Monroe, MI 48161

Oakland County Clerk

1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac, MI 48341

Saginaw County Clerk

Saginaw Co Govt Center, Room 101, 111 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, MI 48602

Saint Joseph County Vital Records

125 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 189, Centreville, MI 49032

Wayne County Clerk

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave, Room 201, Detroit, MI 48226

Wexford County Clerk

437 East Division Street, Cadillac, MI 49601

FAQs about Michigan Birth Certificates

How do I apply for a birth certificate copy in Michigan?

Our online application is the fastest way to apply for a certified copy of your Michigan birth certificate. All you have to do is:

  • Fill out the Michigan birth certificate application online. Our experts will review your application and make sure it is error-free, so your birth certificate can be issued directly.
  • Print, sign and pack your completed form, along with photocopies of your government-issued photo ID (see acceptable ID’s above).
  • Mail your application to the Michigan vital records office, along with all required documents and

The Michigan Bureau of Vital Statistics will process your application and send your birth certificate to your home address.

How long does it take to get a Michigan birth certificate?

Processing time for a certified copy of a Michigan birth certificate may vary depending on how you apply:

  • Mail-in orders take approximately 4-5 weeks, or 2-3 weeks for rush orders
  • In-person applications usually require you to wait in line at your local office, however, you may be able to get same-day service this way. You can contact your vital records office to enquire about operating hours and wait times.

To get the quickest turnaround time and avoid delays:

  • Fill out our online birth certificate application.
  • Our experts will verify your form to make sure it is error-free and will be accepted.
  • Follow the personalized instructions to submit your application and have your official Michigan birth certificate mailed to your home.

How much is a birth certificate in Michigan?

To get a certified copy of a Michigan birth certificate, you will have to pay the state fee of $34 (plus $12 for each additional copy).

Birth certificate application fees must be paid when submitting your application.

We recommend that you order multiple copies of your birth certificate, to ensure that you always have one available when you need it.

Where do I get a copy of my Michigan birth certificate?

To apply for a certified copy of a birth certificate in Michigan, you will need to complete a birth certificate application. Then you must print, sign, and submit it, along with the required documents and payment, to the vital records office:

  • By mail (skip the lines and get it sent straight to your house)
  • In-person (see location above)

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