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 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)