Birth Certificates

St. Mary’s County Health Department provides certified copies of birth certificates. The fee is $35 per certificate. Certificates are available for individuals born after 1940. Same-day service may be available as described below. 

Requests In-Person

Birth certificates may be obtained on a walk-in basis at St. Mary’s County Health Department.

We are located at 21580 Peabody St., Leonardtown, MD 20650.

You can request a certified copy of a birth certificate Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m during days the Health Department is open. (Note that the department is closed from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)

You are an eligible applicant for walk-in, same-day service if you are the:

  • Individual asking for his/her own birth certificate.
  • Parent or guardian (a foster care appointment is not acceptable) of the individual for whom a birth certificate copy is needed. Proof of guardianship must be submitted.
  • Representative of the person, parent, or guardian with written permission to obtain the birth certificate. The letter of written permission must be certified by a notary public.

Valid, unexpired government-issued photo identification is mandatory. Applicants who are unable to supply a valid photo ID must present two pieces of alternative documentation. Acceptable alternative documents include:

  • social security card
  • pay stub
  • current car registration
  • bank statement
  • letter from government agency
  • lease/rental agreement
  • utility bill with current address
  • copy of your income tax return
  • W-2 return

At least one of these documents must contain your current mailing address. Applicants unable to provide a valid photo ID will not be able to receive their certificates the same day. Their certificates will be mailed to the address displayed on the documents provided. We accept cash, check, Visa and MasterCard. For birth certificate requests made in person at the St. Mary’s County Health Department, checks should be made out to the St. Mary’s County Health Department.

Requests by Mail

Applicants may submit an Application for Certified Copy of Maryland Birth Record to the Division of Vital Records at the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (address below). The fee is $24 per certificate. The application will typically be processed in 3-4 weeks. Printed copies of the application are also available at the St. Mary’s County Health Department.

When ordering a birth certificate by mail, send your completed application, legible copy of a photo ID, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and a check or money order payable to “The Division of Vital Records” to:

Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036

Additional information about requesting birth certificates is available at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa.

Requests Online

Extra fees are charged for online requests. Instructions for requesting birth certificates online are available at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa.

Correct a Birth Certificate

To correct/amend a birth certificate, contact the St. Mary’s County Health Department (phone 301-475-4427) or the Division of Vital Records in Baltimore (phone 410-764-3036) for instructions. An application will need to be completed and sent with two documents (with names spelled correctly) to the Division of Vital Records in Baltimore. Acceptable documents include:

  • Social Security card
  • voter registration
  • baptismal certificate
  • school records
  • insurance policy
  • certified marriage certificate
  • mother’s birth certificate
  • father’s birth certificate

Mail application to:

Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036

Change a Name

A baby’s name can be changed anytime from the age of one week up until one year. If the child is more than one year old, you must have a court order. Applications are available at the St. Mary’s County Health Department.

Statement of Age Card

At this time, the St. Mary’s County Health Department is not providing age verification cards.

Home Births

When a child is born at home, parents must complete paperwork with the St. Mary’s County Health Department Medical/Vital Records Program.

St. Mary’s County Health Department staff is available the first Friday of each month at the Charlotte Hall Library and the third Friday of each month at the health department from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to complete the appropriate paperwork and file the birth certificate with the Division of Vital Records at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information about birth certificates, contact 301-475-4427.

Genealogy

To obtain birth records for genealogical purposes, contact the Maryland State Archives at:

Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-6400
800-235-4045
800-735-2258 (TTY)
archives@mdsa.net