Easy Ways to Obtain a Birth or Death Record
Should you have any questions , please call our customer service team at (614) 466-2531.
1. Local Vital Statistics Office - You can obtain birth and death records from the city or county health department where the event occurred. You can also obtain birth records from any city or county health department regardless of where the birth event occurred. Fees and operating hours vary. The local service options may be faster, due to the higher volume processed in this state office.
2. Walk-in - Same day service is available in our downtown Columbus location to walk-in customers from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The office is closed on state holidays. When you arrive, you will complete an application and pay the $21.50 required fee by cash, credit card, check or money order. While our office strives to provide counter service within 20 minutes, we cannot guarantee same-day issuance for any orders placed after 4:30 p.m. You may request a later date to return for the copy, or it will be mailed from our office to you. Click here to review full instructions.
3. Mail - Please allow processing time of at least three (3) weeks. Customers are urged to allow sufficient time for delivery for all records. Faster service can be obtained from a city or county health department in Ohio. Click here to review our statewide directory, which includes fee/phone/website and mailing address information. For a record from the state Office of Vital Statistics, mail a check or money order for $21.50 for each certified record. Click here to review complete mailing instructions.
4. Online Ordering - Birth certificate orders can be placed online with no additional fees. Please allow processing time up to three (3) weeks. For faster service, contact an Ohio city or county health department. Please note rush orders are not available through this service, and orders cannot be cancelled once they are submitted. An abstract of the birth certificate data will be printed and certified with a raised seal. Book copies are NOT AVAILABLE through the website. If you need a certified book copy of your birth certificate (for foreign authentication, or if your certificate was filed more than one year after birth, etc.) you should submit your request through the mail or contact a local health district. Click here to begin the online order process.
Click here to review frequently asked questions about vital records.
For marriage and divorce information, click the Marriage and Divorce link in the left-hand column.
Searching Appointments: If you wish to come in and search the index for Ohio birth, death, marriage, or divorce records, it is recommended you call (614) 466-2531 to make an appointment.
Notice: Please be advised that fees, available records, and information on this website, is subject to change without notice.
Last updated: 05/09/2013