Death Certificates

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Ordering a Death Certificate

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

 


 

Order Online:

For your convenience, Wayne County has partnered with an independant company, VitalChek Network, Inc.
You can now order and pay for your document requests online, through their website.
 

  • VitalChek charges an additional fee to use their service
  • VitalChek accepts all major credit cards, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.

    Click Here for the VitalChek Website

 


 

Order Death Certificates (for INSIDE the City Of Detroit)

Certified copies of death certificates FOR THE CITY OF DETROIT can also be obtained by in person, or by mail. Please print out the appropriate application and follow the instructions listed below.

Death Certificate Application   Death Certificate Application (rushed delivery)

***Please Note: Due to Wayne County’s selling of the 640 Temple Street building, the City of Detroit Birth and Death Records Division of the Wayne County Clerk’s Office will be moving soon. This is a fluid situation, however we will keep you abreast of office closings. In addition, provisions will be in place for funeral directors that typically file their death records at the 640 Temple Street location. Once we have exact closing dates and a temporary filing location, we will update you.***

Order In-Person

Please visit our Birth & Death Records Division at:
  640 Temple Street, Suite 626
  Detroit, MI 48201
  Phone: (313) 833-2887 or (313) 833-2881

  Hours of operation:
  Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM

Order by Mail

Please forward a written request (along with a copy of Driver's License or State I.D.) to:

Wayne County Clerk's Office
  c/o City of Detroit Birth & Death Records Division
  640 Temple Street, Suite 626
  Detroit, MI 48201

 

 

Order Death Certificates (for OUTSIDE the City Of Detroit)

Certified copies of death certificates OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF DETROIT may be obtained in person or by mail. Please print out the appropriate application and visit us, or forward a written request to the address below.

Death Certificate Application   Death Certificate Application (rushed delivery)


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

 
Requests for Death Certificates must include the following information:

  • Full Name at Death
  • City of Death
  • Date of Death

 

 


 

Please Note:

Our two Satellite Offices in Westland and Northville Twp process death certificate requests for deaths that occurred OUTSIDE the City of Detroit ONLY. There is NO same day service for death 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.

The fees for obtaining copies of death certificates are $22.00 for a certified copy and $7.00 for additional certified copies of the same record. They are made payable to Wayne County Clerk by money order, cashier's check, or certified check [by mail] and by cash [in person].

To change or correct information on a Michigan Death Certificate you must do so through the
State of Michigan. (click here)

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

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