The Births and Deaths Records Division of the Wayne County Clerk’s Office maintains the birth certificates for all cities in Wayne County, excluding Detroit.
Please note that births that take place prior to 1979 - that do not have a father on the birth certificate - are maintained by the State of Michigan and are not available at the Wayne County Clerk’s office.
Births that take place within the CITY OF DETROIT are recorded by the City of Detroit Health Department.
Birth certificates are not public records and may ONLY be requested by the individual on the record, a parent who is named on the record, or a legal guardian and/or representative.
Certified copies of birth certificates 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 and return address of the individual requesting the record.
Please note that valid identification is required [i.e. a driver's license or state I.D. card]. 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 a request. 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 $3 for each additional copy of the same record.
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