In Michigan, birth records are filed in the county where the person is born, as well as with the Michigan Department of Community Health – Division of Vital Records & Health Statistics.
COME DIRECTLY TO THE JACKSON COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE
Our office is located on the first floor of the Jackson County Courthouse, which is on the corner of South Jackson and Wesley Streets. It will take approximately 10 minutes to process your request. Be sure to have your picture ID or information listed below that meet the requirements. The cost of a certified birth record is $10.00 for the first copy and $2.00 for each additional copy of the same record. Cash, Check /Cashier's check payable to the Jackson County Clerk's Office. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.
SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE JACKSON COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE
Send a written request that includes your name, date of birth, parents' names, a contact phone number and a signature. For a request form, click here You must also provide a photo copy of your picture identification. For a listing of acceptable forms of ID, please click here
The cost of a certified birth record is $10.00 for the first copy and $2.00 for each additional copy of the same record. You may send a Check or Cashier's check payable to the Jackson County Clerk's Office. Our mailing address is: 312 S. Jackson Street, Jackson, MI 49201. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your birth record. All mail requests are filled and mailed back out the same day that they are received in our office.
You may order your birth record online through the VitalChek Network. Please click on the following link to be redirected to that application:
ORDER DIRECT FROM THE STATE OF MICHIGAN
You may order your birth record from the Michigan Department of Community Health by completing the application contained in the following link: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/birthapp_6360_7.PDF
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO OBTAIN A MICHIGAN BIRTH RECORD?
- A child or parent named on the record.
- A legal guardian of the person named on the record. With your application you must include a copy of the court-appointed legal guardianship papers. Custody papers are NOT acceptable to request a birth record.
- A legal licensed representative of the person named on the record. You must include with the application a letter having your official letterhead stating who you represent.
- An heir if the person on the record is deceased. A copy of a birth record can be released to an heir of a deceased person, but you must state your relationship to the person, provide the decedent's married name at the time of death, and date and place of death.
- A court of competent jurisdiction that supplies a court order (a Michigan court, a federal court or another jurisdiction whose laws are not in conflict with Michigan laws.)
MAKING CORRECTIONS TO A JACKSON COUNTY BIRTH RECORD
Click here for an application form that is to be used to ADD A FATHER's name on a Michigan BIRTH RECORD. This form is NOT to be used to remove or replace a father's name on a birth record.
Click here for an application form that is to be used to CORRECT or CHANGE a MICHIGAN BIRTH RECORD.
The form is to be used to correct errors and omissions on a Michigan birth record of a person any age. This form should also be used to correct file date issues, to record a court-ordered legal name change, change a child's name or mother's name as a result of the parents' marriage, or to remove or replace a father's name on a birth record.
For more information on making corrections to a birth record visit http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-4645_4933---,00.html