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Maryland Birth Certificate Apostille

When you need to apostille a Maryland birth certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the Maryland Department Of Health. Here's what their website says about obtaining one:

The Following Persons May Apply for a Maryland birth certificate:

  • An individual requesting his/her own birth certificate.

  • A parent named on the certificate.

  • A court-appointed guardian of the individual named on the certificate. A foster care appointment is not acceptabl​e; proof of guardianship must be submitted.

  • A surviving spouse of the individual named on the certificate.​​​

  • A representative of: (1) the individual or a parent named on the certificate; or (2) the court-appointed guardian of the individual named on the certificate. The representative must have a letter signed by the individual, parent, or guardian, and certified by a notary public, stating that the representative has permission to obtain a copy of the certificate.​


To order online, visit​.

For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service, VitalChek Network, Inc. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

Neither our office nor VitalChek have control over the services and fees other Internet vendors offer and charge, nor can we guarantee the confidentiality of any vital record data provided to vendors other than VitalChek.


​Download an application for a copy of a Birth Certificate:

To obtain a birth certificate, complete and mail the application with your payment, a self-addressed envelope, and a photo copy of your Identification to the Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 68760, Baltimore, MD 21215-0036. Acceptable forms of payment are check or money order made payable to the Division of Vital Records.​ (Note that expedited shipping is not available when ordering by mail.)

​For a recorded message about birth certificates, call (410) 764-3038 (Baltimore local) or (800) 832-3277 (toll-free).

Apostille for Maryland Birth Certificate

There is no margin for error with the Authentication or Apostille process. If mistakes are made, both your time and money will be wasted and you'll have to start all over again. If you want to look into outsourcing this part of preparing to studying abroad to someone with experience, please email me at or call 848-467-7740 to request my services or learn more.

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