Birth Records

In Michigan,

birth records are filed in the county where the person is born.

 

Individuals Eligible to Obtain a Birth Record

 
  • Person named on the record
  • Parent named on the record. Note: If adopted, only adoptive parents are eligible
  • Legal guardian of the person named on the record (Copy of court documented guardianship papers required)
  • Legally licensed attorney of subject of the record (Letter on official letterhead required: Must provide state bar number and the name of the person you represent.)
  • Heir of the deceased person named on the record. (Request must specify relationship to decedent, decedent's name at time of death, state where death occurred, date of death (year). If not a Michigan death, must provide death certificate.)
  • Court of competent jurisdiction (court order required)
  • Birth record is at least 100 years old (no photo ID required)

Photo ID Requirement

Photo ID is required to request a birth record that is less than 100 years old.  Acceptable forms of identification are: 
  • Current driver's license with photo, if unexpired, or expired less than one year and issued within the last five years
  • Current state issued photo identification card, unexpired, or expired less than one year and issued within the last five years
  • Unexpired U.S. or foreign passport
  • U.S. military photo identification or military dependent photo identification, unexpired
  • Employment identification with photo, accompanied by a current pay stub or W-2 form
  • Department of Corrections photo identification card, accompanied by probation or discharge papers dated within the last year
  • If a currently incarcerated prisoner, a Department of Corrections photo identification card, accompanied by a verification of incarceration by the facility on letterhead
  • For persons age 15-20, current student photo identification with a report card or transcript
  1. Amanda L. Kirkpatrick

    County Clerk / Register of Deeds

  2. Cierra Sowle

    Chief Deputy County Clerk

  3. Vital Statistics

    Physical Address
    312 S. Jackson Street
    Jackson, MI 49201

    Phone: 517-788-4265
    Fax: 517-788-4601

  4. Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday

    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    (closed during lunch 11:30 a.m.- 12:00 pm)


    Closed

    Saturday and Sunday


    Note: Certain business may be required to be transacted during particular hours.


Request in Person

The Jackson County Clerk's office is located on the first floor of the courthouse.  The cost of a certified birth record is $15 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy of the same record. Certified birth certificates for ages 65 and older are $7 for the first copy and $3 for each additional copy of the same record. Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are accepted. See chart of Enhanced Access Fees

Request by Mail

Send a written request that includes your name, date of birth, parent's names, your signature, and a contact phone number, along with a photo copy of your picture identification. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return.  

The cost of a certified birth record is $15 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy of the same record. For individuals 65 and older, a certified copy is $7 for the first copy and $3 for each additional of the same record. You may send a check or money order payable to the Jackson County Clerk's Office.
  

Order Online

You may order your birth record online through the VitalChek Network. Click here to be redirected to that application.
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Correcting or Changing a Birth Record

To make a correction, change, or add a father's name to a birth record, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.