The Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics registers, preserves, and issues certified copies of vital records. This includes birth, death, fetal death, marriage, and divorce certificates for all events that occur in Michigan, with records dating back to 1867. Vital statistics are compiled from these event registries, and from Michigan’s Central Cancer Registry and Birth Defects Registry, to support public health, policy, and biomedical research.
Order by Mail
- Order A Record by Mail Via US Postal Service by downloading and completing the application from this website. Mail the completed application, a photocopy of your valid ID (if applicable), and the fee to the PO Box address listed on the application. Certified copies of vital records are $34. Optional RUSH fees and processing times are listed on each application.**
- Order A Record Online from www.VitalChek.com. Fees are $58.50: $34 for the record, $12 for the RUSH fee, and $12.50 for the VitalChek processing fee. This is a two-week processing time. There is an optional overnight delivery fee of $19.75, for a total of $78.25, and you should receive the record in 1-3 business days.
Order by Phone
- Order A Record by Phone using VitalChek at 866-443-9897. Same processing and fees apply.
Order in Person
- In-person ordering is available by appointment only. Dates and Times are limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Schedule an appointment.
- Will-Call pick-up is available by using VitalChek. Order online and pick-up your Vital Record within 2-5 business days. Will-Call Dates and Times are limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Applicant who ordered must pick-up and have valid ID and e-mail confirmation upon arrival. Click here for Will-Call.
Correct a Vital Record
Requests to correct or change Michigan birth and death certificates must be sent through the mail with the appropriate applications and proof. Select a link below for more information.
Please contact our office at 517-335-8666 or VRCustomerService@michigan.gov if you have questions or concerns pertaining to vital records.
The State Vital Records Office is closed on recognized state holidays.
**Processing and mail times may be delayed.
List of physicians who are required to complete medical certifications for a deceased patient, and who have actual knowledge of the presence of “infectious agents” in a deceased individual