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Bureau of Vital Statistics
The Bureau of Vital Statistics registers and maintains an index for Ohio birth, death, and other vital records.

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 our How to Order Certificates page.

 

If you need to order a birth or death record from a different state, please click here to visit the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.

 

Marriage and divorce records are NOT maintained by the Bureau of Vital Statistics.  Certified 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.  For Ohio county probate court contact information we recommend visiting this listing maintained by the Franklin County Probate Court
  • Divorce decrees can be requested from the specific county where it was finalized.  Please visit this listing of county clerks maintained by the Ohio County Clerks Association for local clerk contact information.

 

Changing or Correcting a Birth Record

Information on how to change a registered birth record, which includes filing a legal name change, birth affidavit or court ordered correction, can be found on our page for Changing or Correcting a Birth Record

 

Paternity Establishments

The establishment of paternity allows a father to be added to his child’s birth record.  For an explanation on options available, please see our page for Establishing Paternity here or click here to visit the Ohio Paternity Enhancement Program website. 

 

Adoption File Information

Individuals can now request a copy of their adoption file for all years of birth records maintained by the Bureau of Vital Statistics.  Forms and information on how to request an adoption file can be found on our page for Adoption File Information

 

Other Resources

 

Updated 7/13/2018