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Maryland Death Records

Maryland death records for people who passed away in 1969 or later are issued by the Vital Statistics Administration. The Maryland State Archives keeps death records from before that date. They may be ordered by certain authorized individuals who show proper identification. You also have the option of searching for and ordering these records online by visiting a website which has access to a database for this type of information.


Who Can Apply for Maryland Death Records

Maryland death records may be ordered by the following people:

  • A relative of the deceased
  • An authorized representative of one or more of the deceased’s relatives
  • The funeral director who looked after the final disposition of the deceased
  • A person who can demonstrate a legal need for the record
  • A Court of Law

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Fee to Order Death Record in Maryland

The fee for a Maryland death record is $12.00 for each copy ordered. The fee is non-refundable. If no death record is found, you will be issued a Certificate of Record Search.


Apply for Maryland Death Records in Person

You can make a request for Maryland death record by visiting the Division of Vital Records in person. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at

6550 Reisterstown Road
Reisterstown Road Plaza (The Plaza)
Baltimore, MD 21215
Telephone: 410-764-3038

You will need to provide a government issued photo ID which indicates the dating was issued and an expiration date to order a death certificate. If you do not have a valid photo ID, you will need to produce two pieces of documentation which proves your identity. Acceptable documents which may be used for this purpose include:

  • Pay stub
  • Car registration
  • Bank statement
  • Letter from a government agency
  • Lease or rental agreement
  • Copy of income tax return
  • W-2 form
  • Utility bill (with current address)

If you are unable to provide valid photo ID when you visit the Vital Statistics Office, you will not be able to get same-day service for a death record. The document will be mailed to the address showing on your two pieces of documentation instead.


Order a Maryland Death Certificate by Mail

To order a Maryland death certificate by mail, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Date of application
  • Full name of the deceased
  • Date of death (Month/Day/Year)
  • City or county where death occurred
  • Relationship to deceased
  • Reason for request
  • Number of copies requested

You will also need to provide your full name, a signature and your current address. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, a copy of your identification and the required fee.

If you don’t want to wait for your request for a Maryland death record to be processed by the Vital Statistics Administration, you can get this information more quickly by visiting a vital records website.