Several states have announced they recently raised or will be raising their vital records fees. Note older records in many states are retained in their state archives. Depending on what record you are looking for in a particular state you may need to also search the archives sites–which may have different fee structures.
Births become public records 100 years after the event; deaths, marriages, and divorces become public records 50 years after the event. The Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics is increasing the fee by $5.00 for most all records effective September 4, 2012. The records effected include: increased the fees for all certified copies of vital records (birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce), heirloom birth and marriage certificate fees, certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth fee, affidavit of paternity, adoption, and correction processing fees, and the fee for issuing marriage licenses in Alaska. To read more go to: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/bvs/
Effective August 1, 2012 the Colorado Vital Records increased the charge for a death certificate to $20.00. All other certificates were not increased at this time. See: http://tinyurl.com/8zoq6x7
The Division of Vital Records of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issues certified copies of birth, death, fetal death, and marriage certificates for events that occur in Maryland. Birth and death certificates are $24.00 (raised in July for death records). Marriage records are still $12.00. Current or former members of the Armed Services are not charged. http://dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa/SitePages/apps.aspx
With thanks to:
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee