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Maryland Vital Records

Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
MD toll free (800) 235-4045 or (410) 260-6400
fax: (410) 974-3895

The Maryland State Archives has birth records for the 23 counties from 1898 - 1978 (1875 - 1978 for Baltimore City), death records for the 23 counties from 1898 - 1987 (1875 - 1987 for Baltimore City), and marriage records for most jurisdictions prior to 1914. Fees vary depending upon the request, see Fee Schedule and Shipping Information for details. There are no death certificates before 1875 for Baltimore City or before 1898 for the counties. See the Religious Records Project for church burial records held at the Archives.

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Division of Vital Records
Reisterstown Plaza, 6550 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
phone: 800-832-3277; 410-764-3089
fax: 410-764-0738; 410-764-9336

The Division of Vital Records is where you'd need to go to get birth records after 1978, death records after 1987 and marriage records from 1973 to present. Note that they are only available to "authorized persons" (such as the persons named on the record, surviving relatives, beneficiaries, etc.). Copies can be ordered online through VitalCheck.

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