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Are Maryland Vital Records Open to the Public?

Not all records are open to the public. Individuals qualified to receive records will need to provide evidence of eligibility before receiving the records. Persons eligible to receive vital records in Maryland include the individual named on the record, immediate family members of the individual named on the record, legal representatives with acceptable authorization and court-appointed officers.

 

What information do I need to search for Maryland Vital Records Online?

Requests made online will need to include pertinent information about the record and a valid photo ID, in addition to all fees. Online requests will incur additional costs determined by the service provider.

 

What do I need to obtain Maryland Vital Records?

Maryland Vital Records are available to specified individuals and entities. Persons requesting Vital Records will need to show evidence of their eligibility before receiving a copy of the record. The person requesting the record will need to submit the appropriate application form and the complete fee to the Division of Vital Records of the Department of Health and any other required documentation. The person requesting the record must also meet ID requirements before receiving a copy of the record.

Publicly available vital records are also accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:

  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
  • The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.

 

What is the difference between a Certified Copy and an Informational Copy?

A Certified Copy of a Vital Record issued by the Maryland Department of Health will be on security paper and contain an embossed official government seal. These are official documents that can be used for identification and legal purposes. An Informational copy is a notification that cannot be used for legal purposes.

Are Maryland Marriage Records Public Information?

Marriage Records are not regarded as public information in the state of Maryland. These records are only available to specified individuals and entities, who must provide acceptable evidence of eligibility before receiving the record. Marriage records in Maryland can be requested by

  • Either Spouse, named on the record.
  • A representative of either spouse, named on the record, with a signed and notarized letter of authorization.
  • An attorney representing either spouse, named on the record, with evidence of representation.

 

How do I find Maryland Marriage Records?

Marriage Records in Maryland are maintained by the Department of Health Division of Vital Records and can be requested online, by mail or in-person. The Division issues certified copies of marriages on or after January 1, 2007. For copies of marriage records prior to this date, contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county or the State Archives. Marriage records cost $12 for a copy

Mail applications should be made by completing the application form and mailing it in with copies of the required photo ID, any pertinent documentation, a check or money order for the fee (payable to the Division of Vital Records) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to

Division of Vital Records
Department of Health
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Phone: (410) 764-3038

Walk-in applications can also be made by completing the application form and delivering the completed form with all other pertinent documentation and the fee for the record (cash, check or money order) to

Division of Vital Records
Department of Health
6764B Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Phone: (410) 764-3038

The requestor must show a valid form of identification before receiving the record.

Are Maryland Divorce Records Public Information?

Maryland divorce records are not regarded as public information. These records are available to eligible persons and entities, who are required to show evidence of eligibility before taking possession of the record. Divorce records can be requested by

  • Either Spouse, named on the record.
  • A representative of either spouse, named on the record, with a signed and notarized letter of authorization.
  • An attorney representing either spouse, named on the record, with evidence of representation.

 

How do I find Maryland Divorce Records?

Eligible persons can make requests of the Department of Health for Verification of Divorce and Annulment of Marriage. The Division of Vital records provides verifications of divorces and annulments that occurred on or after January 1, 1992. For records prior to this date contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court where the divorce was obtained. Copies of Divorce Verifications cost $12.

To make a record request by mail, send in a completed application form and any required documentation, a check/money order for the complete fee (payable to the Division of Vital Records), a self-addressed, stamped envelope and copies of valid identification. The request should be mailed to:

Division of Vital Records
Department of Health
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Phone: (410) 764-3038

To make an in-person request, complete the application form and return the form with the complete fees (cash, money order or check) and any other required documentation to

Division of Vital Records
Department of Health
6764B Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Phone: (410) 764-3038

Walk-in applicants are required to provide a valid form of identification before receiving the record. For a copy of the actual Decree of Divorce and Annulment of Marriage, contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court where the divorce was granted. Fees for this may vary.

Are Maryland Birth Records Public Information?

Birth Records in the state of Maryland are not considered information open to the general public. Maryland Birth Records are only available to specified individuals and entities, who are required to provide evidence of eligibility when requesting these records. Birth Records can be requested by

  • An individual, requesting his/her own birth certificate
  • A parent, named on the certificate
  • A court-appointed guardian, of the individual named on the certificate
  • A surviving spouse of the individual named on the certificate
  • A representative of the individual or a parent named on the certificate or a representative of a court-appointed guardian. The representative must have a letter signed by the individual, parent or guardian and certified by an approved Notary Public.

 

How do I find Maryland Birth Records?

Maryland Birth Records can only be obtained by eligible parties, who provide proper evidence. Certified copies of Birth Certificates for Maryland state since August 1898 and for the City of Baltimore since 1875 are available from the State Office of the Division of Vital Records. Copies of Birth Records cost $10 and can be requested online, by mail or by walk-in at the Department of Health.

To request by mail, download and complete the application form. Send in the completed form with complete payment (money order or check, payable to Division of Vital Records), a self-addressed stamped envelope and a copy of a valid photo ID to the:

Division of Vital Records
Department of Health
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Phone: (410) 764-3038

To make a walk-in request, complete the application form and return, with complete payment (cash, check or money order), to:

Division of Vital Records
Department of Health
6764B Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Phone: (410) 764-3038

Walk-in applicants will be required to provide a valid form of identification before processing can begin on the request.

Are Maryland Death Records Open to the Public?

Death records in the state of Maryland are not considered public information and are not open to the general public. Copies of these records can only be provided, on request, to specified individuals and entities. These individuals must provide evidence of their eligibility before receiving the requested records. Death Records can be requested by

  • A surviving relative of the deceased
  • An authorized representative of the deceased
  • Funeral Director in charge of the final disposition of the body.

 

How do I find Maryland Death Records?

Death Records in Maryland will only be available upon request, to a list of specified individuals. The Division of Vital Records issues certified copies of death certificates of individuals who died in Maryland from 1969. Copies of Death certificates cost $10 for the 1st copy and $12 for additional copies ordered at the same time. A Death Certificate Entitlement Document must be submitted with the request for a Death Record. Maryland Death Records can be requested online, by mail or by walk-in.

For Mail applications, the applicant should download and complete the application form and mail it in with photocopies of required identification, entitlement documentation, the complete fee (check or money order, payable to the Division of Vital Records) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to

Division of Vital Records
Department of Health
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Phone: (410) 764-3038

For Walk-in applications, the applicant should complete the application form and return it, with the complete fee (cash, check or money order) and entitlement documentation, to:

Division of Vital Records
Department of Health
6764B Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Phone: (410) 764-3038

Walk-in applicants must provide a valid form of identification when submitting the application.

How do I find Sealed Vital Records?

In Maryland, Vital Records are classified as restricted records, only available to specific entities who provide evidence of their qualification to obtain the record. Vital Records are not usually sealed when filed with the Department of Health. If a record has been sealed and this interrupts the process of obtaining the record, then an application must be made at the court where the record was sealed.

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