The Department of Health's Bureau of Vital Statistics operates a statewide system for the registration of births, deaths, fetal deaths, and other vital events that happen within the State of Ohio.
How to order certificates
The Bureau of Vital Statistics maintains birth records from December 20, 1908 and death records from 1971 to present. Fetal death records, heirloom birth certificates, and stillbirth certificates can also be ordered. For more information including fees, instructions, and office hours please see: how to order certificates.
If you need to order a birth or death record from a different state, please visit the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.
Marriage and divorce records
Marriage and divorce records are NOT maintained by the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Copies of marriage licenses and divorce decrees can only be obtained from the county where the event was recorded.
- Marriage certificate copies can be obtained from the specific county probate court. Find contact information for county probate courts.
- Divorce decrees can be requested from the specific county where it was finalized. Find contact information for county clerks.
Changing or correcting a birth record
Learn how to change a registered birth record, which includes filing a legal name change, birth affidavit or court ordered correction.
Adoption file information
Individuals can now request a copy of their adoption file for all years. Download required forms and learn more about requesting your adoption file.