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GN 00308.042 Maryland Vital Records

A. Process – Maryland Vital Records

Use this website for the most up-to-date information on requesting information from the Vital Statistics Administration site . In addition, you can find EIN information here.

FO code 199

Can FO verify, certify or obtain free copy of birth/death or marriage record? No

NOTE: If unable to verify a birth record through the Electronic Verification of Vital Events, contact the Maryland BVS, which requires the individual's permission before it will verify his/her birth record for SSA. Obtain a statement (e.g., on a Form SSA-795) signed by the individual, and include the original signature (not a copy or fax) with the request for verification. Also include either a copy of the BC to be verified, or the file number of the BC, along with a copy of a present valid, unexpired, government-issued photo identification (the identification must have a date issued and an expiration date – see the Vital Statistics link above for more information).

Sample statement:

I give the Social Security Administration permission to verify my birth record with the Bureau of Vital Statistics in order to complete the processing of my request for ___________________________.

Fill-ins (choose one):

  1. an original Social Security number

  2. a change in the date of birth shown on Social Security's records

The Maryland BVS also requires the Social Security Administration to verify the identity of the applicant for the birth/death or marriage request. Include with the verification request a statement that the applicant’s identity has been verified.

Sample Statement:

“I have verified the identity of the applicant”. Sign your name and title. Also print your name and title. Indicate your field office name, address, and telephone number.

IMPORTANT: See GN 00301.050C.1. (Note) for instructions about the acceptability of Maryland Commemorative Birth Certificates as evidence of age.

B. Procedure - State Sources

General information:

FAX: 410-358-0738
Toll free:

Type of payment:

By mail: Check or money order

In person: Cash, check, or money order

Type of Record






Division of Vital Records
6550 Reisterstown Road Plaza
Baltimore MD 21215

Credit card requests: $9.75 additional fee

$10.75 online

410-764-3170 (voice)




Same as for birth records



(records from January 1, 1991 to present)


Same as for birth records


Marriage (Before January 1, 1991)


Contact the Business and Marriage Licensing in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City


Divorce Verification only (records since January 1961)


Same as for birth records


Divorce Verification only (records before

January 1961)


Contact the Circuit Court of the county in which the divorce was granted, or the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in Baltimore City for divorces granted there


C. List of Counties

1. Baltimore City

Clerk of Court of Common Pleas
100 N. Calvert St.
Room 628
Baltimore MD 21202

2. Counties



Cumberland, MD 21502

Anne Arundel

Annapolis, MD 21401


Towson, MD 21204