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Birth and death certificates
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Birth and death certificates
Learn how to order birth, death, and adoption records.

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 1964 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.

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.

Paternity establishments

The establishment of paternity allows a father to be added to his child's birth record. View an explanation on options available or visit the Ohio Paternity Enhancement Program website.

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.

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