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Michigan Vital Records - Births, Deaths & Marriages

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Learn how and where to obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates and records in Michigan, including the dates for which Michigan vital records are available, where they are located, and links to online Michigan vital records databases.

Michigan Vital Records:

Vital Records
3423 North Martin Luther King Boulevard
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 335-8656

What You Need to Know:
The State of Michigan Division for Vital Records has records of births, marriages, and deaths that occurred in Michigan and were filed with the state since 1867 and Michigan divorce records since 1897. Check or money order should be made payable to State of Michigan. Personal checks are accepted. You can also order by phone, fax or via the Internet with a major credit card (an extra fee applies). Call or visit the Web site to verify current fees.

Web site: Michigan Vital Records


Michigan Birth Records:

Dates: From 1867

Cost of copy: $26.00 (covers a 3-year search)

Comments: Access to birth records in Michigan less than 100 years old is restricted by state law. Copies may be requested only by a person named on the record, their legal guardian or representative, or their heirs if they are deceased.

Please include with your request the person's (named on the record) full name at birth, date of birth, the place of birth (at least the city or county), the full name of the mother before first married and the full name of the father (if father is listed on the record). If any of this information is unknown, please indicate that it is unknown. Some Michigan birth records (especially pre-1906) were not filed with the state but may be available by contacting the County Clerk for the county in which the birth occurred.
Application for Michigan Birth Certificate

Michigan Death Records:

Dates: From 1867

Cost of copy: $26.00

Comments: Access to death records in Michigan is open to everyone.

Please include with your request the person's (named on the record) full name at death, date of death, the place of death (at least the city or county), the decedent's place and date of birth (if known) and the full names of the decedent's parents. If any of this information is unknown, please indicate that it is unknown. Some Michigan death records (especially pre-1897) were not filed with the state but may be available by contacting the County Clerk for the county in which the death occurred.
Application for Michigan Death Certificate

Michigan Marriage Records:

Dates: 1867

Cost of Copy: $26.00

Comments: Marriages have been registered in Michigan at the state level since 1867. Anyone is eligible to request a copy of a Michigan marriage record if the application is completed and signed and the required fee is paid. The groom's name is required to do a search for the years 1950 thru 1975. Please include the full maiden name of the bride, full name of the groom and the location of the marriage (city and/or county).
Application for Michigan Marriage Certificate

* Michigan marriage records may also be obtained from the County Clerk in the county where the marriage license was issued.

Online: DeBean Michigan Marriage Index (free)


Michigan Divorce Records:

Dates: Varies by county

Cost of copy: $26.00

Comments: Send your request to the County Clerk for the county where the divorce decree was granted.

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