Health Department Pauses Issuance of Birth & Death Certificates from May 1-14

Due to the implementation of a new state-wide system, the Caroline County Health Department (CCHD) will not be issuing birth or death certificates from May 1 to May 14. CCHD expects to resume issuance of certificates on May 15. This news post will be updated with the new process, including advanced appointment requirements, when full details are available.

In the meantime, both birth and death certificates can be ordered online, by mail, or in person at the Maryland Department of Vital Records. Keep reading for complete information.

Order Birth and Death Certificates Online

  • Online orders can be placed through an independent company that the Maryland Department of Vital Records has partnered with to provide this service, VitalChek Network, Inc.  
  • To order online, visit​.
  • An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. 
  • Please use caution when ordering Maryland vital records from any vendor other than the State government’s partner vendor, VitalChek. Neither the Maryland Department of Vital Records nor VitalChek have control over the services and fees other Internet vendors offer and charge, nor can we guarantee the confidentiality of any vital record data provided to vendors other than VitalChek.

By Mail

Birth Certificate:

Death Certificate:

  • The Division of Vital Records of the Maryland Department of Health issues certified copies of death certificates for individuals who died in Maryland in 2012 or later.
  • For copies of records for deaths that occurred prior to 2012, contact the Maryland State Archives. 
  • Download and complete the application for a copy of a Death Certificate (Descargue el formulario bilingue (Español)).
  • Mail the completed application with your payment, a self-addressed envelope, and a photocopy of your Identification to: Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 68760, Baltimore, MD 21215-0036. Acceptable forms of payment are check or money order made payable to the Division of Vital Records.​ (Note that expedited shipping is not available when ordering by mail.)

In Person at the Maryland Department of Vital Records in Baltimore