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Birth Certificates
Certified copies of Birth Certificates are available at the Health Department for births recorded in the State of Maryland from 1940 to the present. The applicant must be one of the three persons listed on the birth certificate.

  • Download and complete the Application


  • Bring completed Application to:

    • Washington County Health Department
    • 1302 Pennsylvania Avenue
    • Hagerstown, MD 21742
    • 240-313-3395
    • Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


    • Note:   The Birth Certificate fee will be $30.00 beginning June 1, 2011.


  • Present photo identification


  • Cash, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted. The fee is $30.00.
For Maryland births recorded prior to 1940, certified abstracts of birth certificates are available by mail from the State of Maryland Division of Vital Records in Baltimore, MD, using the mail-in application. The cost is $24.00. Checks or Money Orders should be made payable to DIVISION OF VITAL RECORDS.

Affidavit To Correct / Add Name
For children under the age of 1 year, corrections can be made to given names on birth certificates. Upon receipt of a notarized affidavit, the Division of Vital Records will issue a corrected birth certificate free of charge.

  • Contact the Health Department or the Division of Vital Records to determine if you meet the requirements for a change, and to obtain a copy of the Affidavit form.


  • Complete the Affidavit; have the Affidavit notarized


  • Mail the notarized Affidavit to:

    • State of Maryland
    • Division of Vital Records
    • Reisterstown Road Plaza
    • 6550 Reisterstown Road
    • Baltimore, MD 21215.


NOTE: To correct the spelling of a name other than the child's name, supporting documentation will be required.

Death Certificates
If a death has been registered at the Health Department by a funeral home, certified copies of death certificates will be issued at the Health Department for 1 month of the date of death.

  • Download and complete the Application


  • Bring completed Application to:

    • Washington County Health Department
    • 1302 Pennsylvania Avenue
    • Hagerstown, MD 21742
    • 240-313-3395
    • Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.




  • Cash, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted. The fee is $32.00 for the first certified copy and $20.00 for each additional certified copy, on the same day.
After 1 month has passed, death certificates are only available by mail from the State of Maryland Division of Vital Records in Baltimore, MD. The cost is $12.00. Checks or Money Orders should be made payable to DIVISION OF VITAL RECORDS. Mail the completed application to the address on the form.



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Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Martin O'Malley, Governor | Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor

Last Updated 04/25/2013     © Washington County Health Department