How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Maryland
Throughout life, there are times when you need a copy of your birth certificate, and if you have lost the original, you need to obtain a new one. Sometimes jobs require them, joining the military, applying for school or a driver’s license too.
If you were born in Maryland, you could obtain a copy of your birth certificate pretty easily by following the steps below.
The Maryland Department of Health handles all vital records, and you must contact them to get your documents. They require that you have direct and tangible interest in the record so only the following people may access your birth record:
- You, if you are 18 or older.
- Your parents.
- Your courtappointed guardian.
- Your spouse.
- A legal representative, with your permission.
You may visit them in person to get your copy the same day, but you will need to bring a valid, photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport or military ID. You can go to their central office located at 6764-B Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21215 during regular business hours.
You may also choose to order by mail. First, you must fill out the application and send it to:
Division of Vital Records
6764-B Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Be sure to include a self-address, stamped envelope with your order, along with a photocopy of your ID and the fees in check or money order made out to Division of Vital Records. Your wait time will be 6-8 weeks for processing of your request.
You must also pay a $10, non-refundable fee per copy when requesting your vital records. If you visit in person, you can pay with cash. Otherwise, payment must be in the form of a check or money order.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.