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 a city or county vital statistics office where the event occurred. You can also obtain birth records from any vital statistics office regardless of where the birth event occurred. (Exception: sealed adoption records may only be obtained from the state Vital Statistics office in Columbus) Local fees and operating hours vary. The local service options may be faster, due to the higher volume processed in this state office. Click here to review our statewide directory.
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. In our lobby, you can complete an application for a birth certificate, death certificate or paternity affidavit and pay the required fee by cash, credit card, check or money order. (Please note: a copy of an adoption file CANNOT be provided in our lobby on the same day. Customers may mail or submit the required documents with payment in our lobby; requests will be verified and researched, then copies will be mailed within one month.) 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 to you. Click here to review full instructions.
3. Online Ordering - Birth, death and paternity affidavit orders can be placed online with no additional fees. (Exception: sealed adoption records cannot be ordered online) Please allow processing time up to three (3) weeks. For faster service, contact a local vital statistics office using the above instructions in option 1. Please note rush orders are not available through this online service, and orders cannot be cancelled once they are submitted. Click here to begin the online order process.
4. 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 vital statistics office 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.
Click here to review adoption information.
Click here to review frequently asked questions about vital records.
Click here to review marriage and divorce information.
Click here to review the Final Judgment and Declaratory Judgment and Permanent Injunction in the Obergefell v. Hodges same-sex marriage case for more information concerning completion of Ohio death certificates.
Click here to review the Final Judgment and Declaratory Judgment and Permanent Injunction in the Henry v. Hodges same-sex marriage case for more information concerning same-sex couples married outside of Ohio before the June 26, 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges who are requesting an amended birth certificate of a child adopted or born in Ohio listing the names of both parents.