Michigan Probate and Estate Settlement
Requesting Death Certificates Department of Vital Records
Event: Birth or death
Cost of copy: $26.00
Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909
Remarks: State office has records of births and deaths that occurred and were filed with the state since 1867. Some of the records (especially pre-1906 births and pre-1897 deaths) were not filed with the state.
Personal check or money order should be made payable to State of Michigan. Fees are $26.00 for the search and first certified copy of any birth, death, marriage, divorce or Affidavit of Parentage. Exception is Senior Citizen ($7.00) requesting their own birth record. Additional copies of any record ordered at the same time are $12.00 each. To request an application the telephone number is (517) 335-8656. This will be a recorded message. To speak to a customer service representative the telephone number is 517-335-8666. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at www.michigan.gov/mdch.
Michigan birth records are restricted documents and are available only to eligible individuals. A photocopy of an eligible individual's photo identification (state driver's license, state personal ID card, Military ID, etc. is required to be sent in, along with the application and appropriate fee.
Copies of records may also be obtained from the County Clerk in county where event occurred. Fees vary from county to county. Records of Detroit births occurring since 1893 and deaths since 1897 may be obtained from the city of Detroit Health Department.