Ordering Vital Records Online
The Courthouse will be closed every Friday
Beginning Friday, June 19, 2020 through October 2, 2020
Please carefully review all the following information to ensure you understand how to order from Eaton County before starting your order.
We appreciate those ordering online to social distance. If you do not need your order shipped expedited, please contact us 517-543-2280 for additional options that may save you on fees.
Funeral homes order at http://www.eatoncounty.org/223/Funeral-Home-Online-Payments (unless needing expedited shipping.)
Please note there are additional fees for this ordering service, view alternative methods for ordering.
Eaton County Fee - Starts at $25 ($15 for one certified copy and $10 process fee).
State Vital Fee - Starts at $57.50 ($34 for one certified copy, $12 rush fee and $11.50 process fee)
Double Checking Your Order
Important: When ordering, double check the selected agency and fee amounts.
It’s about the 6th screen in the order process.
Please make sure you use Eaton County in the drop-down selection. Choosing Michigan Vital Records option charges the State of Michigan fee, starting at $34.
Ordering multiple records in one order (two or more different records) you can add more by selecting "Yes" when the page comes up.
Review instructions on request requirements, eligibility to receive a record, or record availability (especially if you are ordering a birth record) on the vital records page. Please note much of Lansing is within Ingham County (including the hospitals), and births and deaths are filed in the county where the event occurred. You can also manage an order you’ve already placed.
When you order your vital record through VitalChek it should be fast and simple. We will process your order during normal business hours, usually the same day we receive it; mail time and shipment method will determine how fast you receive it-- "regular" shipping mail time may take several weeks depending on your location. An additional fee applies for shipping and because of the potentially sensitive nature of the record a signature upon delivery is needed.
Please make sure your information is accurate; your email (that you provide in the request) will be the primary point of contact we will use if we need to contact you. If it has been more than two weeks and you have not received your order please call 517-543-2494 or email the County Clerk. If you decide for any reason you need your order canceled please contact us as soon as possible.
If you should experience problems with the online ordering, please call VitalChek at 1-800-669-8312 for assistance between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for recognized holidays. You can also visit their support website.
Some records, by law, are private and are limited in who can request or receive them.
There may be a series of questions to verify a requestor’s identity to protect private records, therefore it is not recommended to order for someone else as incorrectly answering may delay or prevent the processing of your order (meaning your order will not be fulfilled) and you may still be charged VitalChek’s handling fee. If the online verification fails the order is still submitted, but you will have to submit additional documentation to prove identity and eligibility.
Mis-Stating an Identity
Mis-stating an identity or assuming the identity of another person is subject to criminal penalties, e.g., Michigan Compiled Laws 333.2894(b) and 333.2898 and federal laws relating to falsification in obtaining a vital record. Identity Theft Protection Act 445.65(1)and 445.69(1) prohibits anyone from obtaining a vital record by misrepresenting a person’s identity or attempting to use another person’s identifying information. A person who violates this law is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years or a fine of up to $25,000, or both.
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, and