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Community Services – Birth Certificates

Birth Certificate

Due to changes enacted in the legislative session, effective July 1, 2016, The Carroll County Health Department will be reducing its fees for printing Birth Certificates.  The fee for Birth Certificates will be $20.00 per copy, a reduction of $10.00 per certificate.  In addition, the Health Department is expanding the hours of service to include evening hours on Wednesday and Thursday until 7:00 p.m.

Certified copies of Maryland Birth Certificates are provided at the Carroll County Health Department.

Birth Certificate brochure

You may also request birth certificates through the Maryland State Division of Vital Records (DVR). For more information, call 800-832-3277 or 410-764-3038, or visit the Vital Statistics Administration 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.


How Do I Get a Birth Certificate?

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

Identification: 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
  • Passport
  • 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.

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.


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).

Why Do I Need a Birth Certificate?

A birth certificate is one of the most important legal documents used to prove a person’s identity. It shows who you are, when you were born, and where you were born. A birth certificate is required for many things, such as:

  • Enrolling a child in school or sports
  • Getting a Social Security card
  • Getting a driver’s license
  • Getting a passport
  • Employment

A certified copy is printed on special paper that cannot be easily duplicated.

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.