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How to Order Certificates

Certified Birth Record - $21.50
Certified Death Record - $21.50
Certified Fetal Death Record - $21.50
Stillbirth Certificate - $0
Acknowledgement of Paternity - $7.00
Adoption File Release - $20.00
Heirloom Birth Certificate - $25.00


There are three ways to order certificates:




The fastest way to get a certified copy of a birth or death record is to order online using a credit card.  Orders are processed within five business days. Please select the link to place your order:


Please note that once an online order is placed, we cannot cancel your request for a refund.



By Mail


To request a birth, death, fetal death, or stillbirth certificate, an affidavit of paternity, or adoption file via mail, please complete the online application and send to:


Ohio Department of Health

Bureau of Vital Statistics

PO Box 15098

Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098


Once completed, send the application with the total fee included.   For mail orders we only accept checks and money orders (in U.S. funds).  Please do not send cash or credit card information.  We do not offer expedited services.  All mail-in orders typically take 3-6 weeks to process.  To check the status of your order after three weeks, please call 614-466-2531.


If you would like to order an heirloom birth record, the application can be found here.



In Person


Our office offers same day service for birth and death records as well as Acknowledgment of Paternities.  We accept cash, credit card, check or money order.  Please visit our office 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday – Friday at 225 Neilston Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215             Directions


All local Vital Statistics offices offer same day service as well.  Please click here for locations, hours and fees for each office. 




Please Note:

Our office does not currently accept orders over the phone.

If you need to order by phone and/or need expedited services click on the link below to choose from one of the local vital statistics offices.




If you need further assistance, please call our Customer Service Line at 614-466-2531



Page Updated: 5/16/2018