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Edwin F. Singer, L.E.H.S
Health Officer

Henry G. Taylor, M.D., M.P.H Deputy Health Officer
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Carroll County Health Department - Carroll County Maryland
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The Health Department will now be offering the convenience of directly issuing Birth Certificates same day service Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. 

Changes, corrections, adoptions are NOT done here.  You must contact DVR at 410-764-3038 or go to Department of Vital Records, 6550 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215

Death certificates will continue to be issued to Funeral Home Directors only Monday through Friday 8:30am to 10:30am. 

Those needing a Birth or Death Certificate can also obtain those documents by contacting the State’s Division of Vital Records (DVR) at 410-764-3038 or 800-832-3277. 

Birth and Death Certificates can also be obtained online at DVR’s website: 



How can I receive a copy of my birth certificate?

If you were born in the State of Maryland you can apply for a certified copy of your birth certificate at the Carroll County Health Department (CCHD). Currently birth years 1939 to present are online. Effective June 1, 2011 the cost of a copy of a certified birth certificate for those born in Maryland will be $30.00
If you were born prior to 1939, you can complete an application at the CCHD and your birth certificate will be mailed to you from the Division of Vital Records (DVR) in Baltimore. The turn around time is 10 days.  Health Departments throughout the State also offer this service. 

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Do I need to present any identification in order to receive my birth certificate?

Yes, you need to present a valid, unexpired, government-issued photo ID.  The ID must have a date issued and an expiration date.  Applicants who are unable to supply a valid photo ID must present two different pieces of alternative documentation, and at least one must contain the applicant's current address. Forms of alternate documentation are social security card, current car registration, utility bill with current address, income tax return/W-2 form, pay stub, bank statement, and lease rental agreement. If you do not have a valid photo ID, your birth certificate will be mailed to you.

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Is there a waiting period before I receive the birth certificate?

The Health Department accesses the Annapolis Data Center for the purpose of issuing certified copies of birth certificates. Under normal conditions the certificate is printed within minutes and you can take it with you if you have your appropriate ID. In cases where the CCHD is unable to access the certificate or corrections are needed on the certificate, you would need to submit your application and fee directly to the DVR.

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Can I receive a copy of another person's birth certificate?

You can receive a certified copy of your birth certificate or your child's with appropriate ID as long as your name appears somewhere on the certificate. You can get a copy of another person's birth certificate as long as you have a notarized letter from that individual granting you permission to receive a copy of their birth certificate and you must provide your photo ID. If you are a legal guardian of a person, you must provide proof of guardianship and provide your photo ID.

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What if I am unable to apply in person for my birth certificate?

Information may be obtained by calling the DVR at 800-832-3277 or 410-764-3038. You can complete the application, enclose the appropriate fee and mail to D.V.R., P.O. Box 68760, Baltimore, Maryland, 21215-0020. Your birth certificate will be mailed to your home from the DVR office.

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Is the Birth Registration I received from the hospital when my child was born the same as a certified birth certificate?

No, that is a Birth Registration Notice advising parents that a birth certificate is on file at the DVR. In order to apply for such things as a passport, school athletic program, driver's license, enrollment in school, etc., a certified birth certificate is required.

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What are the hours the Health Department processes birth certificates?

Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Closed from 1:00pm - 2:00pm for lunch.  For more information call 410-876-2152. We are located at 290 S. Center St. Westminster, MD 21157.

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More Information

Call 410-876-2152 for further information.

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