Birth Certificates

For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that the Wayne County Clerk's office has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through their website*. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.

Birth Certificates

The Births and Deaths Records Division of the Wayne County Clerk’s office maintains the birth records for cities and townships in Wayne County.

Patrons can now retrieve City of Detroit birth certificates at 640 Temple Street - Suite 628; Detroit, MI 48201.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM. 

Please note that births that took place prior to October of 1978 THAT DO NOT HAVE THE FATHER LISTED ON THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE are maintained by the State of Michigan and are NOT AVAILABLE at the Wayne County Clerk’s Office.

Birth records are not public and may ONLY be requested by the individual on the record, a parent who is named on the record, or a legal guardian/representative. 

Certified copies of birth certificates FOR THE CITY OF DETROIT may be obtained in person or by forwarding a written request to the Wayne County Clerk's Office - City of Detroit Vital Statistics at:

The Office of the Wayne County Clerk
C/o City of Detroit Birth & Death Records Division
640 Temple Street; Suite 625
Detroit, MI 48201

Certified copies of birth certificates OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF DETROIT may be obtained in person or by forwarding a written request to the Wayne County Clerk's Office at:

The Office of the Wayne County Clerk
C/o Birth and Death Records Division
2 Woodward Ave., Room 201
Detroit, MI 48226

All requests must be written in letter form and must include the signature, phone number, and return address of the individual requesting the record
. Additionally, please include the DATE OF BIRTH, FULL NAME AT THE TIME OF BIRTH, and THE CITY OF BIRTH.  A photocopy of VALID IDENTIFICATION is also required for ALL MAIL REQUESTS.

Please note that valid identification is required [i.e. a driver's license or state I.D. card] for IN PERSON AND MAIL REQUESTS. If no such identification is available, two pieces of other I.D. that require a signature may be used [i.e. a social security card, voter registration card, passport, school I.D., and/or work I.D.]. Identification must be presented at the time of the request. And again, if you are sending a request by mail, A PHOTO-COPY OF YOUR I.D. MUST BE INCLUDED.

Home births may be recorded in our DOWNTOWN office within one year of the birth only if it occurred in a city within Wayne County that DOES NOT register their own births. Otherwise, if a home birth occurred in a city that DOES register its own births, it must be recorded in that office.

Forms for Acknowledgement of Paternity can be obtained by coming into our DOWNTOWN office location. These forms are used to add the father's name to the birth certificate and/or change the child's name to the father's name.

The fees for obtaining a certified copy of a birth certificate is $22, and $7 for each additional copy. For senior citizens that are at least 65 years of age, the first certified copy is $2, and it is $3 for each additional copy of the same record.


Cathy M. Garrett
Wayne County Clerk
(313) 224-6262
Birth Certificates