County Clerk

Birth Certificates (1867 - present)

Only the mother, father, legal guardian, or the individual named on the certificate may order/receive a copy of the birth certificate. Legal Guardian must show guardianship papers. (MCL 333.2882)

Anyone may obtain a copy of a birth record more than 100 years old. If the desired record is less than 100 years old, and the individual is deceased, an heir may obtain it by providing a death certificate and documents to prove heir's relationship.

How to Obtain a Certified Birth Certificate

In Person

The charge for a certified copy of a birth certificate is $10.00 for the first copy and $3.00 for each additional copy of the same record when requested in-person at the Clerk's office. Must present a valid driver's license or other government issued photo ID. Only the mother, father, legal guardian, or the individual named on the certificate may receive a copy.

Online

The search fee for a birth certificate is $10 and includes one certified copy. Additional copies of the same record are $3 for each copy. A convenience fee also applies to your order total for online requests. Search and convenience fees are non-refundable.

Only the mother, father, legal guardian, or the individual named on the certificate may order/receive a copy. Credit card must be in the name of the person eligible.

Mail-In

The search fee for a birth certificate is $10 and includes one certified copy. Additional copies of the same record are $3 for each copy.

Only the mother, father, legal guardian, or the individual named on the certificate may order/receive a copy.

Print and mail the following form:

State of Michigan Birth Records

The following must be obtained from the State of Michigan:

*Affidavit of Parentage

Forms are obtained in accordance with when they were filed.

Contact Us

County Clerk

County Administration Building
300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2288

Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Phone: (616) 632-7640

Fax: (616) 632-7645

Mary Hollinrake
County Clerk/Register
mary.hollinrake@kentcountymi.gov

Sonya Dean
Chief Deputy Clerk
sonya.dean@kentcountymi.gov

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