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Michigan Public Records

Certificate Information

The Michigan State Vital Records Office has some of the most complete records for birth, death, marriage and divorce events. Birth and death records dating back from 1867 are available for purchase online, in person and by mail. Records older than 100 years are available as public records.

Michigan Vital Records Office
201 Townsend Street
Capitol View Bldg
Lansing MI 48913

Michigan Birth Record Form (PDF)
Michigan Death Record Form (PDF)

Marriage records from 1867 to present are availabe from the state Vital Records office. Divorce records are available from 1897 to present except some Detroit divorce decrees filed during the period of 1973-1974.

Michigan Divorce Record Form (PDF)
Michigan Marriage Record Form (PDF)

Adoption Records

Adoption records in Michigan are considered closed records and are not publically available. Closed records can be opened to an adult age adoptee, adoptive parents of a minor, biological parents, and adult age biological siblings. The Department of Human Services in Lansing, Michigan also maintains the central adoption registry for voluntary information exchange.

Central Adoption Registry
P.O. Box 30037
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Adult Adoptee Form (PDF)
Adult Biological Sibling Form (PDF)

Property Records

Below are a few of the online parcel tools maintained by the county gis, assessors and historic mapping departments of Michigan.

Wayne County Online GIS
Oakland County Parcel Search
Macomb County Property Search
Kent County Property Information Search
Genesee County Parcel Search
Washtenaw Online Mapping