Last updated: January 17, 2020
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 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, Monday – Friday. Hours are 8 a.m. – noon and 12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., except on holidays and during weather closings. Visitors Must Use Front Entrance. Rear Entrance Is for Employees Only.
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:
- State of Maryland, Division of Vital Records, Baltimore, Maryland – Application for a Copy or Abstract of Birth Certificate
Death certificates for individuals who died in Maryland since 2015 may be obtained by funeral directors, surviving relatives, beneficiaries, executors and individuals who have a proven legal need at the Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Monday – Friday. Hours are 8:00 a.m. – noon and 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. except holidays. Visitors must use front entrance. 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.