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To obtain a legal name change in Michigan, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. The applicant must publish notice of the petition, but the court may waive the publication requirement for a good cause and seal the court proceedings.
Applicants over the age of 22 must provide two sets of fingerprints. Applicants with a criminal record have the burden of proof to rebut a presumption of fraudulent intent. Laws Ann.
The request shall be accompanied by an affidavit of a physician certifying that sex-reassignment surgery has been performed. Please enclose a photo copy of your driver's license or State ID when making a request by mail. State-only birth records for applicants born in Muskegon County before October 2, to unwed parents or who were adopted before October 2, , are now available from Muskegon County Clerk's office.
You may obtain your birth certificate the same day without having to make the trip to Lansing or waiting 5 weeks for a mail request. You may also purchase your birth certificate through Lansing's Vital Records office.
Do not send cash through the mail. The County Clerk's office will accept payments in the form of cash, money order or credit or debit card. Please note an additional service charge is applied to credit or debit card payments through the third party processor GovPayNet.
The City of Lansing does not maintain birth, death, or marriage records. Please visit the Ingham County Clerk Website for more information. All Michigan birth, death, and marriage records are also maintained by the Michigan Department of Community Health and Human Services. The State of Michigan Vital Records Office is located at S Grand Avenue, 1st Floor, Lansing MI (corner of Grand Avenue & Kalamazoo Street.
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