Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

Death Certificates

You MUST apply in person.

Location:  Thomas Hays Building, 120 South Hays Street, Bel Air, Maryland

Hours of Operation:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 


  • Surviving relative of the deceased
  • Authorized representative of a surviving relative of the deceased
  • Funeral director who was in charge of the final disposition of the body of the deceased
  • An individual who has a proven legal need
  • Court of law

You must present a valid, unexpired, government-issued photo ID displaying a date issued and an expiration date. Applicants unable to supply valid photo ID must present two (2) different pieces of alternative documentation. Acceptable documents are as follows:

  • pay stub
  • current car registration
  • current bank statement
  • letter from a government agency
  • lease/rental agreement
  • utility bill with current address
  • copy of your income tax return or W-2 form


Cash and credit cards are accepted. Personal checks are NOT accepted.

The fee for the  first copy of a death certificate issued by Harford County Health Department is $16.00.  All additional copies within the same transaction are $20.00 each.  

Download a death certificate application here.


Death certificates may also be obtained from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Division of Vital Records by mail, fax, or on-line.  For further information, visit the “How Do I” section of the Vital Statistics Administration website at