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VITAL RECORDS


BIRTH CERTIFICATES

Birth certificates are available at the Allegany County Health Department for births from 1940 to the present, for a fee of $20* (effective July 1, 2016). (Cash, local checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover card accepted.) Certified birth certificates can be acquired within one hour of coming to the health department as long as all guidelines listed on this web page are met.

Birth certificates for years prior to 1940 must be requested from the Division of Vital Records, 6550 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215. The fee is $10.00 when applying to the Baltimore office.

Birth certificates may only be obtained by those persons who are named on the certificate (i.e., mother, father, or the individual who is the subject of the birth certificate). Proper government-issued photo identification is required. See the list at the bottom of this page for accepted forms of ID.

All birth certificate requests involving court orders, powers of attorney, or notarized letters must be done through the Baltimore office.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are planning to travel outside the United States, you must obtain a certified copy (with a raised seal) of your Maryland birth certificate. The Allegany County Health Department issues certified copies. You may not substitute a photocopy of the certificate, a Birth Registration Notice, a Statement of Age card, or a hospital-generated birth record. For further information, contact us at the number below.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (There may be a wait of up to an hour, so please plan accordingly.)

* NOTE: There is no fee for a copy of a birth certificate of a current or former armed forces member when the record is requested by that member. Specific documentation is necesary to receive a copy free of charge for the military. Please call the number below for more information.

Telephone: 301-759-5009 or 301-759-5002


DEATH CERTIFICATES

Death certificates are issued for 30 days after a death occurs, provided that the funeral director has applied through this office. The deceased's name, date of death, and place of death are required. The fee is $18.00 for the first copy and $20 per additional copy. (Cash and local checks accepted.) After 30 days a death certificate must be requested from the Division of Vital Records, 6550 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215. The fee is $10.00 for the first copy and $12.00 per additional copy in the same transaction when applying to the Baltimore office.

Death certificates are released to immediate family with proper government-issued photo identification. See the list at the bottom of this page for accepted forms of ID.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (There may be a wait of up to an hour, so please plan accordingly.)

Telephone: 301-759-5002 or 301-759-5009


Acceptable Forms of Identification

Proper government-issued identification is required to obtain vital records. No side view photo IDs are accepted. IDs that are expired, cracked, chipped, broken, frayed, faded, or peeling will not be accepted. We reserve the right to refuse any ID we deem questionable.

Acceptable forms of ID include the following:

  • Driver's License
  • United States Passport
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Photo ID Card

IDs must include an issue date and an expiration date. If the ID does not include a full middle name, an additional form of ID will be required, such as a Social Security Card.

 

 

 


Allegany County Health Department
12501-12503 Willowbrook Road
PO Box 1745
Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745
(301) 759-5000
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