Vital Records- Birth, Marriage, Death



Vital Records Information




recorded in the county where the birth took place. Birth records are PRIVATE RECORDS.
Only an individual listed on the record can request the record and PROOF OF THE REQUESTOR'S IDENTITY IS REQUIRED


To obtain please provide:
Full name at birth
Date of birth

Parents full names, including maiden name of mother
Photocopy of your driver’s license, or state I.D., or Passport
Your Signature (authorizing the request, and it must be original i.e. NOT the signature on the ID)


The majority of Lansing is in Ingham County, therefore a birth that occurred in a Lansing hospital will most likely be filed with the Ingham County Clerk.


Note: To protect against identity theft, records that are mailed will be sent to the address shown on your picture I.D., so if you have a change of address on the back, make a copy of it. Otherwise, for a second piece of evidence of your current address you may provide a copy of a current utility or medical bill addressed to you.



The following must be obtained from the State of Michigan:

  • Those born before 1979 and parents were not married
  • Application to correct a certificate of birth
  • Application to name a father on a certificate of birth
  • Affidavit of parentage
  • Adoptions before 1979




recorded in the county where the death took place. Death records are public records.


To obtain please provide:
Full name of deceased
Date of death (or approximate) and if known location of death



recorded in the county of application (usually county of residence of bride or groom at the time)
Marriage licenses are public records.


To obtain please provide:
Full name of each applicant at the time of application (i.e. maiden name or last name prior to this marriage)

Date of marriage 

Marriages without Publicity are not public record and would have to be requested from Probate Court



In Eaton County divorce records are filed with the Circuit Court Clerk, you will need to contact that office regarding ordering copies or otherwise inquiring about a divorce record.



Ordering Copies

FEES -$15.00 For just 1 copy, and $8.00 for each additional copy of the same record. 

All copies are certified.  A certified copy of a record on file is printed on special security paper and contains a raised, embossed seal.


To obtain a certified copy of a record of birth or death that occurred in Eaton County or a marriage record that was issued by Eaton County, you may order in one of the following ways:

  • Order Online through a secured site by clicking HEREAdditional fees apply.* 
    UPS Next Day Air shipping option available at an additional cost.

  • Order by mail to: Eaton County Clerk, 1045 Independence Blvd, Charlotte MI 48813  
    Write us a letter or use our Mail-in request form
    To view and print a PDF you must have Adobe's Acrobat Reader installed.  A free version of this program is available by download at
    Payment in the form of a check or money order can be made out to EATON COUNTY CLERK

    For mailed requests receiving your record or a response may take several weeks due to mail time.
    It is helpful if you include a phone number or email with your request so that if necessary our office can easily and quickly contact you.

  • Order in person at our office. Our Charlotte counter hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.   Or Get information about our special Friday hours at Delta Twp
    Most in-person requests can be fulfilled that same day, usually within a few minutes for recent records.

    Get driving directions to the Clerk's office
    Eaton County Buildings Map

If you have further questions call us at 517-543-2426.  Please note we are not able to provide any information on specific records over the phone-- we require a written request.


State of Michigan Vital Records Office - Records Statewide

Ingham County Clerk's Office- Vital Records - Ingham Records


Amending or Correcting a Vital Record


Regarding Problems Getting a MI ID 


Regarding Adoptee Birth Records


*Online VitalChek disclaimer: For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that Eaton County Clerk has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. Vital Chek can be reached through their website. An additional fee is charged by Vitalchek for this service and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express ®, Discover ®, MasterCard®, Visa®.


Order Death Certificate

Order Birth Certificate

Order Marriage 


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