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Whether you need your birth certificate to enroll in school or obtain a passport, if your parents did not keep your birth record, you will have to get it yourself. No two states are the same in how they store birth records. Here are the steps to obtaining a birth record.

  • You must determine where you were born. Your birth record will often be in the county where you were born.
  • Once you determine the county and state, you have to find out which agency in that area keeps the records. In many states, the Department of Health is responsible for keeping the birth records. In some states births are recorded at local courthouses.
  • After you find out who has the birth record, you need to determine the policy for obtaining a copy. Some larger states will allow you to order a copy of your birth certificate online. If you order a birth record online, you have to wait for it to be mailed. Most states however, will require you to apply in person. Some states have extended the requirement to allow immediate family members to pick up the records. Make sure you ask about fees as most states charge for copies of birth certificates.

You can make the task of searching for birth records easier. You can eliminate an important step by searching for birth records online. How does it work?

  1. Find a reputable online record search company that has access to birth records.
  2. Fill out your information. Reputable companies will keep your information confidential.
  3. Learn about the specific payment plans. In many cases, if you are just looking for one birth record, it will cost less than $20. If you need a lot of birth records, you can sign up for a plan that will give you unlimited searches for less than $50.

You will not be able to purchase a copy of the birth record from an online search service, you will be able to find the birth record faster. An online record search company stores birth records from across the country in one place. You won’t have to call agency after agency in different parts of your state or in different parts of the country. By the time you get ready to request the birth record of make the drive to health department, you will know that the record is in that county.

Local Information for the State of Maryland:

Information on Maryland adoption records is available at the Maryland State Archives. Please note that there are laws limiting access to these records. When a person is adopted in Maryland the original birth certificate and entry are removed from the files of the Division of Vital Records. The certificate is filed with the adoption file and becomes part of a closed record. A new birth certificate is created showing the adoptive parents as the parents of the child. Most adoption files before June 1, 1947 are open and available to anyone. You need to contact the circuit court which granted the adoption and request the file or case number.

The Maryland State Archives can provide birth records from before 1925. Birth records after 1924 are available from the Maryland Division of Vital Records. Some birth and death records from the archives date back to 1649.

The Division of Vital Records of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issues certified copies of birth, death, fetal death, and marriage certificates for events that occur in Maryland. The Division also provides divorce verifications. The Division provides information on procedures to follow for registering an adoption.

Most birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County.

Maryland Division of Vital Records
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Baltimore, MD 21215-2299
 
 
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