How to Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in Michigan

By Pamela Gardapee

If you need an original copy of your Michigan birth certificate, you can apply for it at the county courthouse where the certificate was registered or apply for a copy online or via USPS mail. There are many circumstances under which you may be required to provide an original copy of your birth certificate, especially if you are applying for a passport or a marriage license. There are a few easy steps for obtaining a copy of a Michigan birth certificate for you or an immediate family member.

Obtaining a Copy of a Michigan Birth Certificate in Person

Contact the records clerk in person in the specific county where you were born. For instance, if you were born in Manistique, you would contact the Schoolcraft County Courthouse records clerk.

Give your birth date with the year and your given name to the clerk. You will also be asked for the names of your parents, including your mother's maiden name.

Provide a photo ID to obtain a copy of your birth certificate and pay a small fee for processing.

Requesting a Copy of Your Birth Certificate Online

File a request online for a copy of your birth certificate. Fill out the application online (see Resources) and use a debit or credit card for online processing. You will need to supply your birth date and year, mother's name with maiden name and father's name.

Make a certified copy of your photo ID to accompany your request. This must be done on a special safety paper with a raised and embossed seal. You can have this done at your local courthouse. Scan the certified copy into your computer as a Word document and attach it to your online application online.

Submit the form and wait 7 to 10 days for it to arrive in the mail.

Requesting a Copy of Your Birth Certificate Via Mail

File a request through the USPS for a copy of your birth certificate. Print the application, fill it out completely (see Resources) and purchase a money order for the processing fee You will need to supply your birth date and year, mother's name with maiden name and father's name.

Make a certified copy of your photo ID to accompany your request. This must be done on a special safety paper with a raised and embossed seal. You can have this done at your local courthouse. Send this along with the printed application.

Mail the application to the address listed on the form. It will take about 7 to 10 business days to process your order.

About the Author

Pamela Gardapee is a writer with more than seven years experience writing Web content. Being functional in finances, home projects and computers has allowed Gardapee to give her readers valuable information. She studied accounting, computers and writing before offering her tax, computer and writing services to others.