Birth and Death Certificates

(Vital Records)

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services issues certified birth certificates for anyone born in the State of Maryland after 1939 and certified death certificates for individuals who died in Maryland AFTER January 1, 2015 (for individuals who died before January 1, 2015, certificates must ordered from the Maryland Vital Records Administration.  

Birth Certificates

Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring
240-773-1207 
Monday through Friday
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Excluding holidays and County government closure
Walk-in service.  No appointment needed.

The fee to obtain a birth certificate in Montgomery County is $25 payable by cash, credit card or check/money order.

To obtain a birth certificate at the Montgomery County Office of Vital Records, the applicant must have been born in Maryland  AFTER  1939.  Those individuals born  BEFORE  1940 should contact the Maryland Department of Health's Division of Vital Records at 410-764-3063 or  https://health.maryland.gov/vsa/Pages/birth.aspx  . 

The following individuals may apply for a birth certificate:
  • An individual requesting his or her own birth certificate.
  • A parent named on the certificate.
  • A court-appointed guardian of the individual named on the certificate.  A foster care appointment is not acceptable; proof of guardianship must be submitted.
  • A surviving spouse of the individual named on the certificate.
  • A representative of: (1)  the individual or a parent on the certificate; or (2) the court-appointed guardian of the individual named on the certificate. The representative must have a letter signed by the individual, parent or guardian; and certified by a notary public stating that the representative has permission to obtain a copy of the certificate.

To receive same day service, the applicant must present a valid, unexpired, government-issued photo ID displaying issued and expiration dates.  Applicants unable to provide valid photo ID will be be able to receive certificates the same day and must provide two (2) different pieces of alternative documentation.  At least one of these documents must contain a current mailing address.  Acceptable documents are:
  • Pay stub
  • Current car registration
  • Bank statement
  • Letter from a government agency requesting a vital record
  • Lease/rental agreement
  • Utility bill with current address
  • Copy of income tax return/W-2 form​

Birth Certificate Application - English/Spanish (PDF)
(application can be completed online and printed before coming to the office)

Birth Certificate Corrections
​A birth certificate registered by the State Registrar may be amended in accordance with Md. Code Ann., Health-General § 4-214. The State Registrar adopts rules governing the form of these requests and the type and amount of proof required. 

To request a change to a birth certificate, you may mail the Request to Amend a Birth Record Form with a $10 amendment fee and a $10 certificate fee noting on the form what type of change is needed. You may also visit the Maryland Department of Health's Division of Vital Records  at 6764B Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215. After your request is received with the amendment fee, the Division of Vital Records will evaluate your request for processing and respond, in writing, if there is a need for additional information. 

Changes to birth certificates include:
Correct Information on a Birth Certificate
​This form may be used to correct information on the original birth certificate. This form must be completed and signed before a Notary Public. To change any information on the certificate other than the name of a child, two documents described on the first page of this form must accompany the notarized Affidavit.  Click here to download the form.​​​

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.

The fee to obtain a birth certificate in Montgomery County is $25 payable by cash, credit card or check/money order.

 

Death Certificates

Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring
240-777-1757 

Monday through Friday  8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Walk-in service.  No appointment needed.

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services issues certified death certificates for individuals who died in Maryland AFTER January 1, 2015.  Certificates for deaths BEFORE January 1, 2015 must be ordered from the Maryland Vital Records Administration.

Bring completed application or complete the application at the office. A valid government issued identification (such as driver's license or U.S. passport) is required.  The identification must have an issue date and an expiration date.

Death certificates can also be obtained by mailing a copy of the death certificate application and a copy of required identification, along with fees, to the Division of Vital Records, Reisterstown Plaza, P.O. Box 68760,
Baltimore, MD  21215-0036.

Death Certificate Application - English/Spanish (PDF)
(application can be completed online and printed before coming to the office)

Fees for death certificates are $18 for the first death certificate and $20 for each additional copy, payable by cash, credit card or check/money order.