Birth & Death Records


The Clerk’s Office also serves as the Local Registrar for all birth and death records for those born or deceased at a Hospital within the City boundaries. The city of Southfield only has birth records for individuals born at a Southfield hospital.  Persons born elsewhere should be able to obtain their certificates from their birth state and/or county.

The fee for the request is $15 for the first certified copy and $5 for any additional. When inputting payment information, please enter 1 for the # of Copies but enter the correct price for the number of copies you actually want. (For example, if you wanted 3 copies, you would enter 1 for the # of copies and $25 for the price). 

Who can get a birth certificate in Michigan?

Birth records are restricted in Michigan and only a person or parent named on the record or a court-appointed legal guardian of the person named on the record may request a copy of a birth record that is less than 100 years old. Applicants must provide a current acceptable form of ID.  For guardians, the application must include a copy of the court-appointed legal guardianship papers. Custody papers are not acceptable to request a birth record.

If you were born prior to 1979 and your parents were not married, or you were adopted, the City may not have your birth record.  If this is the case, you must contact the State of Michigan at (517) 335-8666.

Oakland County Vital Records

State of Michigan Vital Records

For additional information, contact the City Clerk’s Office, (248) 796-5150.