Where can I get a certified copy of my birth certificate?

Michigan birth certificates are available for a fee from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, or from the county clerk’s office of the county in which you were born. Hospital birth certificates can’t be accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship.

Born in another state? Please contact your birth state’s Vital Records Office to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate.

U.S. citizens born in a foreign country: Please contact the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Vital Records Section to obtain a U.S. passport or a consular report of birth abroad. Contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to obtain a Naturalization or Citizenship certificate. Delayed foreign birth certificates aren’t accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship.

Delayed birth certificates: Delayed birth certificates are issued when birth records are missing or not properly filed with a state’s Vital Records Office within one year of a child’s birth. Delayed birth certificates for children born in the U.S. may be used as proof of U.S. citizenship when applying for a driver’s license or state identification card as long as the following conditions are met. The delayed record must:

  • Be certified with a raised seal or stamp
  • Be issued by the Vital Records Office of the child’s birth state
  • Contain the legal name and date of birth of the child and the parents’ legal names


More information is available on the Michigan Department of State website in “Driver’s License and State ID.”



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