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What are Michigan Vital Records?

Vital records in Michigan are the official records of all births, death, marriages, and divorces in the state. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Vital Records maintains vital records for such events from 1867 to the present.

 

How Can I Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in Michigan?

Michigan birth records

Anyone may obtain a copy of a Michigan birth certificate for a birth that is at least 100 years old. Birth records that are less than 100 years old are restricted, and only the following persons may obtain a copy:

  • The registrant on the birth certificate.
  • A parent of the registrant.
  • A court-appointed legal guardian of the registrant.
  • An attorney representing the registrant with proof of representation.
  • An heir of the registrant with a valid death certificate of the registrant.
  • Anyone with a court order.

You may obtain a certified copy of a Michigan birth certificate online, by mail, phone, or in person. You will need to complete the Application for Certified Copy – Michigan Birth Record form.

To order a certified copy of a Michigan birth record online, you may contact VitalChek.com. The fees for online orders are $58.50 for the two-week processing option or $78.25 for the one-three business days expedited service. VitalChek accepts all primary forms of credit cards and debit cards, including Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.

You may also order a copy of a Michigan birth record via VitalChek by calling 866-443-9897. The fees for phone orders are the same as those for online orders.

For in-person orders, you will need to schedule an appointment available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics is located at 333 S. Grand Avenue, Lansing, Michigan. You may also contact this office at the telephone number (517) 335-8666.

To order a Michigan birth certificate by mail, you will need to send your completed application, along with a copy of your photo ID, and a check or money order payable to "The State of Michigan" in the proper amount to:

Vital Request Requests
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

The fees for mail-in orders are $34 for the first certified copy (The cost for a person 65 years of age or older is $14 if they are requesting their birth certificate), plus $16 for each additional copy, and if expedited service is desired, there will be an additional fee of $12.

 

How Can I Get a Copy of a Death Certificate in Michigan?

Michigan death records

Anyone may obtain a copy of a death certificate in Michigan. However, you will need to complete the Application for Certified Copy – Michigan Death Record. You may obtain a copy in-person, by mail, by phone, or online.

To order a certified copy of a Michigan death record online, you may contact VitalChek.com. The fees for online orders are $58.50 for the two-week processing option or $78.25 for the one-three business days expedited service. VitalChek accepts all major forms of credit cards and debit cards, including Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.

You may also order a copy of a Michigan death record via VitalChek by calling 866-443-9897. The fees for phone orders are the same as those for online orders.

For in-person orders, you will need to schedule an appointment available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics is located at 333 S. Grand Avenue, Lansing, Michigan. You may also contact this office at the telephone number (517) 335-8666.

To order a Michigan death certificate by mail, you will need to send your completed application, along with a copy of your photo identification, and a check or money order payable to "The State of Michigan" in the proper amount to:

Vital Request Requests
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

The fees for mail-in orders are $34 plus $16 for each additional copy, and if expedited service is desired, there will be an additional $12.

 

How Can I Get a Copy of a Michigan Marriage Certificate?

Michigan marriage records

Anyone may obtain a copy of a Michigan marriage record, as they are considered public records. However, you will need to complete the Application for a Certified Copy – Michigan Marriage Record request form.

To order online a certified copy of a Michigan marriage record, you may contact VitalChek.com. The fees for online orders are $58.50 for the two-week processing option or $78.25 for the one-three business days expedited service. VitalChek accepts all primary forms of credit cards and debit cards, including Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.

You may also order a copy of a Michigan marriage certificate via VitalChek by calling 866-443-9897. The fees for phone orders are the same as those for online orders.

For in-person orders, you will need to schedule an appointment available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics is located at 333 S. Grand Avenue, Lansing, Michigan. You may also contact this office at the telephone number (517) 335-8666.

To order a Michigan marriage license certificate by mail, you will need to send your completed application, along with a copy of your photo ID, and a check or money order payable to "The State of Michigan" in the proper amount to the Department of Public Health:

Vital Request Requests
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

The fees for mail-in orders are $34 plus $16 for each additional copy, and if expedited service is desired, there will be an additional $12.

 

How Can I Get a Copy of a Divorce Record in Michigan?

Michigan divorce records

Anyone can obtain a copy of a Michigan divorce verification from the Michigan Office of Vital Records. The divorce verification is not a copy of the divorce record but is a verification that a record is or is not on file in the state offices that match the names and information supplied by the applicant. If you need the actual divorce record, you will need to contact the Michigan county clerk's office or the Family and Probate court's office where the divorce occurred.

You will need to complete the Application for a Certified Copy – Michigan Divorce Record.

To order a copy of a Michigan divorce verification online, you may contact VitalChek.com. The fees for online orders are $58.50 for the two-week processing option or $78.25 for the one-three business days expedited service. VitalChek accepts all primary forms of credit cards and debit cards, including Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.

You may also order a copy of a Michigan divorce verification via VitalChek by calling 866-443-9897. The fees for phone orders are the same as those for online services.

For in-person orders, you will need to schedule an appointment available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics is located at 333 S. Grand Avenue, Lansing, Michigan. For additional information, you may also contact this office at the telephone number (517) 335-8666. You will need to be able to provide the parties' full names and the district court where the divorce was granted.

To order a Michigan divorce verification by mail, you will need to send your completed application, along with a copy of your photo ID (such as a valid driver's license) and a check or money order payable to "The State of Michigan" in the proper amount to the vital records office at:

Vital Request Requests
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

The fees for mail-in orders are $34 for the first copy plus $16 for each additional copy, and if expedited service is desired, there will be an additional $12.

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