Genesee County Clerks Office
Vital Records Services
The Genesee County Clerk’s office has records of births, marriages, and deaths that have been filed since 1867.
We maintain most births and deaths for those events that occur in Genesee County. For marriage, application is made in the county of residency but the ceremony can occur in any county in the State of Michigan. Therefore, we maintain marriage licenses for those that have applied here in Genesee County. We do not maintain, nor can we provide copies of records from other counties or other states.
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday - CLOSED (Effective 3/28/2013)
Holiday/Furlough Day Closures
Order in Person at our Office
If you would like to purchase a vital record in person, FIRST read all fee and eligibility information on this page. You can visit our office at 900 South Saginaw Street, Flint, MI, 48502 (2nd Floor of the Circuit Courthouse Building). Payment in cash is preferred. Customers purchasing copies of birth certificates will be required to provide a valid photo identification. If you do not possess valid photo identification, click here for information on alternate identification. Customers who purchase vital records in person at our office will receive the record immediately.
Order On Line
If you would like to use your credit card to order a copy of a Genesee County vital record, FIRST read all eligibility and disclaimer information on this page before clicking the link at the bottom. NOTE: Credit Card charges are non-refundable and are non-transferable. Read carefully before placing an on line order.
Order By Mail
If you would like to place an order by mail, FIRST read all eligibility information on this page and then print out an application form to mail with a money order to our office. Payment by money order only.
Fees for Vital Records
The current fee for a certified copy of a Genesee County vital record is $25.00. This fee is non-refundable and is non-transferable. The $25.00 fee will provide for a search. If no record is found or if the applicant requests a record that they are not eligible to receive, the applicant will receive, in place of the certified copy, an official statement that the record requested is not on file with the Genesee County Clerk or an official statement that the applicant is ineligible to receive the record. Again, fees are non-refundable and are non-transferable.
When more than one certified copy of the same record is ordered, the first certified copy is $25.00 and each additional certified copy of the same record, ordered at the same time, is $10.00 per copy. These fees are non-refundable and are non-transferable.
Persons who are 65 or older applying for a certified copy of their own birth record are charged a reduced fee of only $5.00 for each copy ordered. These fees are non-refundable and are non-transferable.
All records ordered by mail or internet are shipped to the customer via regular mail through the United States Postal Service. Although processing time varies, most customers can expect to receive their vital record no more than 14 days from the date of purchase.
Overnight Shipping Fees
Customers who wish to have their vital record shipped via UPS Overnight Services can do so by listing the overnight request on their order. The additional fee for overnight shipping is $30.00 for all records requested on the same order. Overnight shipping fees are non-refundable and are non-transferable. Provided that an order is received in our office prior to 2:00 p.m., records and/or responses are shipped on the date the order is received. Otherwise, overnight orders will be shipped on the next regular business day. Saturday delivery IS NOT AVAILABLE.
Death and Marriage Records - Eligibility Requirements
You must include sufficient information on the application about the record requested for us to locate the record.
Anyone is eligible to receive a certified copy of a death or marriage record, if they make the request in writing and prepay the required search fee (Michigan Compiled Law 333.2882(1)).
Birth Records - Eligibility Requirements
You must include sufficient information on the application about the record requested for us to locate the record. Application forms are provided in our lobby or at the link above under "Order By Mail". You must provide a valid photo identification at the time of application. If making your request by mail, the applicant must include a photocopy of their valid photo identification.
ONLY the following parties are eligible to request a certified copy of a birth record if they make the request in writing and prepay the required search fee (Michigan Compiled Law 333.2882(1)(a)):
- The person named on the record
- A parent named on the record
If you do not meet one of the above two qualifications, you are NOT eligible to request the birth record.
NOTE: Even with express permission, third parties DO NOT have authority to order birth records (third parties include but are not limited to spouses, grandparents, siblings, step-parents, foster care parents).
Birth Record - If Child was Born to Single Mother
If you were born prior to October of 1978 AND your mother was not married at the time of your birth, you MUST contact the State of Michigan’s vital records registry to get your record. http://www.michigan.gov/mdch
Birth Record - Adopted or Legal Name Change
If you are adopted or have had a legal name change (other than by marriage), you MUST contact the State of Michigan’s vital records registry to get your record. http://www.michigan.gov/mdch
If ordering a BIRTH RECORD on line, carefully read the disclaimer
BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW, I AM USING A CREDIT CARD IN MY OWN NAME, I fully understand the eligibility requirements to obtain a birth record and fees listed above and further understand that the credit card will be charged the full amount and will not receive a refund or transfer of fees. I further state that I am the person listed on the birth record or a parent listed on the birth record and I am NOT using another person's credit card.