At some point in your child’s life you will need a copy of her birth certificate. Perhaps it is to enroll her in school or sports, or to help her apply for her passport. Your child’s passport is an important piece of personal information she will need throughout her childhood, which is why the Frederick County Health Department in Maryland makes it so easy for you to obtain a certified copy of your child’s. Once you obtain a copy of her birth certificate, you should keep it somewhere safe.
Obtaining a Birth Certificate
Visit the Frederick County Health Department (link in Resources) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding major holidays. You can request a copy of the birth certificate application while you are there, or you can print one at home and fill it out in advance.
Give the completed application to the clerk at the health department. This application should include your signature and the date. It should also include your name and current home address, as well as your relationship to the child listed on the certificate. Include the first, middle and last name of your child, her date of birth, her current age, her sex, the name of the hospital in which she was born, her place of birth, your full maiden name and the name of your child’s father.
Present the health department with a valid form of photo ID or at least two other forms of identification such as your vehicle registration, current bank statement, lease or rental agreement, utility bill, W-2 form, tax return, social security card, a pay stub or a notarized letter that states your identity. At least one of these forms must include your current address.
Pay the $30 fee for obtaining a birth certificate for your child. You can use cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, or a Visa or MasterCard. If you have photo identification you can take the birth certificate before you leave. However, if you do not, the certificate will be mailed to you at the address provided on your alternate forms of identification.
Obtaining a Certified Copy of Your Child’s Birth Certificate
Visit the Frederick County Health Department (link in Resources) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. , Monday to Friday, excluding major holidays. Birth certificates are available on a walk-in basis. You should arrive a few minutes before closing to ensure that you have time to obtain a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
Provide the clerk in the administration office with your request. He will need the name of your child and his date of birth. With that information in hand, he will be able to find the record you are requesting.
Pay for the copy you purchased of your child’s birth certificate. As of 2013, the Frederick County Health Department charges $30 for the first copy of your child’s birth certificate and $20 for each additional copy of your child’s birth certificate that you request. You can pay for your purchase using cash, a personal check, a money order, a cashier’s check, or your credit or debit card. The Frederick County Health Department only accepts Visa and MasterCard cards.