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 Birth and Death Records Division of the Wayne County Clerk’s office maintains the birth records for cities and townships in Wayne County. 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. 

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. 

We issue adoption birth records only for the years 1960 to 1968 for children adopted in Wayne County. All other years for adopted birth records must be obtained from the State of Michigan. (click here)  

Patrons can now retrieve City of Detroit birth certificates In-Person at:
640 Temple Street - Suite 626; Detroit, MI 48201. 
(313) 833-2887 & (313) 833-2881
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM. 

Certified copies of birth certificates FOR THE CITY OF DETROIT can also be obtained by forwarding a written request (along with a copy of Driver's License or State I.D.) to the Wayne County Clerk's Office - City of Detroit Vital Statistics at: BIRTH CERTIFICATE APPLICATION FOR BIRTHS INSIDE CITY OF DETROIT

The Office of the Wayne County Clerk
C/o City of Detroit Birth & Death Records Division
640 Temple Street; Suite 625
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-2887 & (313) 833-2881

Certified copies of birth certificates OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF DETROIT may be obtained in person or by forwarding a written request (along with a copy of Driver's License or State I.D.) to the Wayne County Clerk's Office at: BIRTH CERTIFICATE APPLICATION FOR WAYNE COUNTY BIRTHS OUTSIDE CITY OF DETROIT

The Office of the Wayne County Clerk
C/o Birth and Death Records Division
2 Woodward Ave., Room 201
Detroit, MI 48226 
(313) 224-6262 

Our two Satellite Offices in Westland and Northville Twp process Birth certificate requests for births that occurred OUTSIDE the City of Detroit ONLY. There is NO same day service for birth certificates at our Satellite Offices. An order placed at our Westland Satellite Office can be picked up the following business day after 1:00 pm or have it mailed. An order placed at our Northville Twp Satellite Office can either be picked up the following Thursday or mailed.

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. 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 only be obtained by coming to 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.

To make a change or correction to a Michigan Birth Certificate you must do so through the State of Michigan. (click here)

Fees for obtaining a certified copy of a birth certificate are $22 for the first copy, and $7 for each additional copy of the same record. 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. Mail requests must be paid for with a money order or certified check made out to the Wayne County Clerk. NO PERSONAL CHECKS!

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