Birth Certificate FAQ

Q: What do I need in order to request a birth certificate?
A: Valid identification is required (i.e. a driver's license or state I.D. card) in order to process the request. If no such identification is available, two pieces of other I.D. with a valid 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 a request, and if you are sending a request by mail, A PHOTO-COPY OF YOUR I.D. MUST BE INCLUDED.

Q: Am I the only person who can request a birth certificate on my behalf?
A: Birth certificates ARE NOT public record and can ONLY be requested by the individual on the record, a parent who is named on the record, or a legal guardian and/or representative. Valid identification must be presented by the recipient or recipient's parent or legal guardian. 

Q: Do senior citizens (of at least 65 years of age) receive a discount when obtaining their birth certificate? 
A: Yes, for senior citizens that are at least 65 years of age, the first certified copy is $2, and $3 for each additional copy of the same record. They must also present a valid state-issued I.D. and have the option of requesting a birth certificate via mail. 

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

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