How to Get a Birth Certificate
Certified copies of Maryland Birth Certificates are provided at the Carroll County Health Department. A certified copy is printed on special paper that cannot be easily duplicated. Certified copies can be used for passports, school enrollment, social services, retirement, and other legal purposes.
The Birth Registration Notice provided by the hospital when a baby is born is NOT a birth certificate and cannot be used as a proof of identity.
Only birth certificates for people born in Maryland are available at the Carroll County Health Department.
Due to the Federal REAL ID Act, documents including a certified copy of your birth certificate may be required to renew your Maryland Driver’s License or Identification Card. For information on Real ID and the MVA, visit the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s Real ID page.
Changes, corrections, and adoptions are provided by Maryland’s Division of Vital Records and not at the Health Department. For more information, contact the Maryland Division of Vital Records (DVR) at 800-832-3277 or 410-764-3038, or visit the Vital Statistics Administration page.
Please contact the Carroll County Health Department at 410-876-2152 for more information.
Who Can Get a Birth Certificate?
- A person requesting his/her own birth certificate
- A parent for their child’s certificate – the parents name must be listed on the birth certificate
- A court-appointed guardian of the person named on the certificate. A foster care appointment is not acceptable; original proof of guardianship must be submitted.
- A surviving spouse of the person named on the certificate; proof must be submitted.
- A representative of: (1) the person or a parent named on the certificate; or (2) the court-appointed guardian of the person named on the certificate. The representative must have a notarized letter signed by the person, parent, or guardian, giving the person permission to get the birth certificate.
What identification is required to get a birth certificate?
You need a valid, unexpired, government-issued photo ID, with an issue and expiration date. This includes:
- Driver’s license or ID card issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration
- Military ID for active service personnel
- Prison ID
If you don’t have a photo ID, you must present two different documents, at least one with your current address. Documents we can accept include:
- Social Security Card
- Pay stub
- Car registration
- Bank statement
- Letter from a government agency requesting the vital record
- Property deed
- Utility bill
- Tax return
- Copy of a W-2 form
- School photo ID
- Lease/rental agreement
If you do not have a photo ID but present two acceptable documents, you cannot receive the birth certificate the same day. It will be mailed to you.
How Do I Get a Birth Certificate?
1. In person from the Carroll County Health Department:
- Complete an application. You can print the application and fill it out before coming in, or fill out an application at the Health Department. Application Birth Certificate
- The Health Department is located at 290 South Center Street in Westminster.
- Birth Certificates same day service is available Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- The cost is $20 per certificate. We accept cash, check, and debit and credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).
- To order online, visit www.vitalchek.com.
3. By phone:
- To order by phone, call 410-764-3038.
4. By mail:
- Visit the State of Maryland’s Request Birth Certificates page for instructions.
- For more information, call 800-832-3277 or 410-764-3038.
5. In person in Baltimore:
- Birth certificates for individuals with valid, government-issued photo identification who were born in Maryland are available for same day service at the Division of Vital Records in Baltimore located at 6764B Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, or money order made payable to the Division of Vital Records.
Note: Your name must be on your child’s birth certificate for you to receive it.
Call the Carroll County Health Department at 410-876-2152 for more information.