Maryland Birth Records


Maryland has been maintaining birth records since 1939 when the government made it mandatory to begin recording vital events such as births. Limited collections that date back as far back as 1875 are available, but only at the county vital records office in which the person was born.

Maryland is a closed record state, which means that certified copies can only be requested by the person named on the certificate, as well as their immediate family members (including spouse) and lawyers representing them. Birth records in Maryland become public once they are 100 years old, which is for births in 1922 and before.

Maryland Vital Records Office

The office that handles birth records from 1939-2022 for the entire state of Maryland is The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where they provide birth records, marriage records, divorce records, and death records.

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