Birth Certificates

Important Information

  • Records for births that occurred in Washtenaw County since 1867 are available from the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register Vital Records office.
  • Records for births that occurred outside Washtenaw County must be obtained from the County Clerk where the birth occurred or from the State of Michigan.
  • Birth records are confidential and may ONLY be requested by the individual on the record, a parent who is named on the record, or a legal guardian/representative. Additional documentation will be required of applicants stating they are an heir, legal guardian or legal representative of the person named on the record.

Certified Copies

Certified copies of vital records are available through the Vital Records Office. All copies issued by this office are certified copies with a "raised" seal. The issuance of certified copies is governed by Michigan statutes

Fees for Certified Copies of Birth Certificates


County Record
State-only Record *
First copy
$15
$34
Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time (per copy)
$5
$16
Senior citizen fee (65 years and older) for a senior requesting a copy of their own birth certificate
$5
$14
* The following types of records are in the sole possession of the State of Michigan but may be requested through the County Clerk's office according to the fee schedule set by the State:
  • Records of births that took place prior to October of 1978 where the parents were not married 
  • Adopted birth records filed prior to 1989

Payments types accepted in-person

Cash, check, money order, debit, credit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, only)

Payment types accepted online

Credit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, only)

Payment types accepted by mail

Check, money order

Submit Requests

Requests must be accompanied by a photocopy of the front and back of the valid drivers license or state issued identification.

Washtenaw County Clerk – Vital Records Division
200 N. Main, Suite 100 P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645

Form: Request for Certified Copies of Vital Records (PDF)

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