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Birth and Death Certificates

Last updated: November 17, 2021

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Did You Know? Birth Certificates are also available by mail from State of Maryland, Division of Vital Records, Baltimore, MarylandApplication for a Copy or Abstract of Birth Certificate

Phone: 410-222-4462

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health provides certified copies of birth certificates and death certificates at its headquarters in Annapolis. A certified copy of a birth certificate may be used for retirement purposes, passports, social services, school enrollment and legal purposes. Due to the FEDERAL REAL ID Act, documents (including a certified copy of a birth certificate) may be required to renew your Maryland Driver’s License or Identification Card. Click here​ for more information about the FEDERAL REAL ID Act. Click here​ for more information on how to identify a certified copy of a birth certificate.

Birth Certificates

baby-sitting-with-flowerBirth Certificates by Appointment Only.

Effective July 19, 2021:
Monday through Friday,
8:30 a.m. – 12 noon and
12:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
(Closed between noon and 12:45 p.m.)

Call 410-222-4462 Monday through Friday to schedule a birth certificate appointment. Vital record information is also available online:

Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1942 may be obtained for a $20 fee at the Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis,

To obtain a Maryland birth certificate:

  • Apply in person.
  • Present a valid government ID with photo. The ID must have the date issued as well as an expiration date.
  • Copies of birth certificates can only be given to the individual whose name is listed on the birth certificate, the mother or father listed on the birth certificate, or an individual with papers showing custody of the person whose name is listed on the birth certificate.
  • Pay $20 fee with cash; Discover, Mastercard or Visa credit* and debit cards; or check made payable to Controller, Anne Arundel County. *There is a 2.2% fee for use of credit cards.
  • Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Application for a Copy or Abstract of Birth Certificate – Must Apply in Person.

Another option to receive a copy or abstract of a birth certificate:

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Home Births

Anne Arundel County residents planning to have a home birth should call 410-222-7223 to pre-register their pregnancy. The pre-registration process will also include a home visit by a public health nurse, who will offer health education and connections to community resources.

For more information about registering a home birth, click here. To register an Unassisted Home Birth, contact Lisa Helms Guba, RN, Anne Arundel County Department of Health, at or 410-222-7223.

Death Certificates

For Funeral Directors

Monday through Friday,
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

For the Public by Appointment Only

Effective July 19, 2021:
By Appointment Only
Monday through Friday
11 a.m. – 12 noon and
12:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.
(Closed between noon and 12:45 p.m.)

Funeral Directors: Fax requests to Charlotte Holland at 410-222-4424.
Death certificates for individuals who died in Maryland since 2015 may be obtained by funeral directors, at the Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Certified death certificates are $18 for the first certificate and $20 for each additional certificate. There is a 2.2% fee for the use of credit cards. Also, see Death and Fetal Death Certificates-Maryland Vital Statistics.


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