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Maryland Death Certificate

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Below is the information you'll need in order to obtain a death certificate in Maryland, including qualifications, cost, required information, where to submit your application, and a link to the application you'll need to fill out.


The following people may request death certificates from the state of Maryland:           

  • Surviving relative of the deceased
  • Authorized representative of a surviving relative of the deceased
  • Funeral director who was in charge of the final disposition of the body of the deceased
  • An individual who has a proven legal need
  • Court of law


The fee to search for a death certificate is $12.00, which includes one certified copy of the death certificate or a Certification of Record Search. Each additional copy of the record is also $12.00. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the "Division of Vital Records." Cash is not accepted. Fees are not refundable.

Required Information

  • Your name
  • Your relationship to the deceased
  • Your address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Photocopy of current, government-issued photo ID
  • Name of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Sex
  • Place of death
  • Name of funeral home
  • Reason for requesting certificate
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope

Submitting Your Request

Send the completed application and the appropriate fee to:

Division of Vital Records

P.O. Box 68760

Baltimore, Maryland 21215-0036

Download the Application

Click here to download the application for a certified Maryland death certificate.

See our complete list of resources for Maryland.

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