Death Certificates

Certified copies of death certificates may be obtained at the St. Mary’s County Health Department during the first 30 days after a death.

If more than 30 days has passed since the death, certified copies of death certificates can only be obtained through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Division of Vital Records in Baltimore, Maryland. Instructions are available at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa/SitePages/death.aspx.

Requests In-Person

Death certificates may be obtained on a walk-in basis at the St. Mary’s County Health Department within the 30-day period following a death for a fee of $18 for the first copy, and $20 for each additional certificate.

The St. Mary’s County Health Department is located at 21580 Peabody St., Leonardtown, MD 20650.

You can request a certified copy of a death certificate Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

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.

Note: Applications for death certificates received prior to 12 p.m. will be processed and ready for pick up after 4 p.m. the same business day. Applications received at 1 p.m. or later will be processed and ready for pick up the following business day.

We accept cash, check, Visa and MasterCard. For death 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 Death Record  to the Division of Vital Records in Baltimore. The fee for requests by mail is $10 for the first certificate and $12 for each additional copy of the same death certificate purchased during the same transaction. The application is typically processed in 3-4 weeks. Printed application forms for requests by mail are also available for pick-up at the St. Mary’s County Health Department.

When ordering a death certificate by mail, send 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

Requests Online

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

Correct a Death Certificate

If there are errors on an existing death or fetal death certificate, call the St. Mary’s County Health Department (phone 301-475-4427) or the Division of Vital Records in Baltimore (phone 410-764-3036) for information on how to request corrections.

For more information about death certificates, contact 301-475-4427 or visit http://dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa/SitePages/death.aspx. 

Genealogy

To obtain death 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