Ingham County Birth Certificates

The Ingham County Clerk's Office only has Birth Certificates for individuals who were
born in Ingham County.

Birth records are not public records and can only be obtained by the individual or the parents of the individual. 
You may order the record in person and receive the copy while you wait; or you can order via fax, email, or through
the mail, and the birth record(s) will be mailed to you in 5 to 7 business days. 
Please provide the name at birth,
date of birth, place of birth, and mother's maiden name.
 The person making the request must also provide a
copy of their valid photo identification (driver's license preferred) whether applying in person, via fax, email or through the mail.

Certified copy fees are $20.00 for the first copy and $10.00 for additional copies of the same record each time the record is requested.

If you would like to order a birth certificate by fax or email you must pay with a Discover, Visa or MasterCard.


Obtaining a Birth Certificate


Our offices are located Ingham County Courthouse, first floor, Mason MI and the Veterans Memorial Courthouse, first floor, Lansing MI. It will take approximately 10 minutes to process your request. Be sure to have your valid picture ID.
If you do not have a valid driver's license or state issued ID card, we would need to see any three (3) of the following items:  
    marriage or divorce certificate
    child's birth records
    paycheck stub
    voter or car registration
    Bridge card
    health insurance card
    utility bill
    doctor/hospital/dentist bill
    school records
    SS letter
    land or rental agreement
    bank statement
    State or Federal prison photo ID with release or discharge paper (dated within one year)
    For persons age 15-20, current student photo ID with either report card or transcript

The cost of a certified birth record is $20.00 for the first copy and $10.00 for each additional copy of the same record each time the record is requested. Cash, Check, Money Order (made out to the Ingham County Clerk) and credit/debit card are accepted. You are welcome to expedite your request for an additional $30.00.  


Information required to complete request: include your name, date of birth, mother's maiden name (before marriage), a contact phone number, and a signature.

You must also provide a photo copy of your valid picture identification with your mailed request.

Our mailing address is: PO Box 179, Mason MI 48854. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your birth record. All mail requests are filled and mailed back out within five to seven business days from the date received in the Clerk's office.

Please do not fax or email your request more than once as each request will be processed and we are not able to give refunds.

You may order your birth record from the Michigan Department of Community Health by completing an application.

Who is Eligible to Obtain a Birth Certificate

  • 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 and provide a copy of the death certificate.
  • 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.)

Contact Information

BARB BYRUM, County Clerk

Mason Courthouse
341 S. Jefferson, PO Box 179
Mason MI 48854

Veterans Memorial Courthouse 
313 W. Kalamazoo, First Floor
Lansing MI 48933

Phone: (517) 676-7201
Fax: (517) 676-7254

Hours of Operation:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *
Monday thru Friday

* The office may close for a short time during normal business hours due to occasional staff shortages.


Please be advised that as of Monday, August 1, 2016, there will be non-refundable service fees applied to all credit card transactions conducted with the Ingham County Clerk’s Office.

As of that date, my office will be able to accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Debit Cards.
The service fee schedule below reflects the fee for each transaction amount, whether the credit card is swiped or if the card information is manually entered.

Credit Card Service Fee Schedule (as of June 30, 2017):

Transaction                         Amount                            Fee

$0.01 >                                 $50.00                           $1.75

$50.01 >                               $75.00                           $2.00

$75.01 >                              $100.00                          $3.75

$100.01 >                            $150.00                          $5.75

$150.01 >                            $200.00                          $7.25
(For each additional increment of $50.00, or portion thereof, add $2.00.)

Please know that a service fee will not apply to payments made by check, money order or cash.