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Ohio Public Records

When searching Ohio public records there are a few things you should know.  First, it depends on what certificate you want which office you must contact.  If you are requesting a birth or death certificate you must contact the Office of Vital Statistics.  If it is a marriage or divorce record, you do not contact the Office of Vital Statistics.  For a marriage license you will need to contact the County Probate Court in which the couple was married.  For a divorce decree you will need to contact the County Clerk of Court in the county in which they were divorced.  To find any public record for any state search above instantly.

If you want a birth or death certificate, you must decide if you are going to pick up the record in person or order it by mail.   If picking up the records yourself is more convenient, the walk-in address is Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics, 225 Neilston Street, Columbus, Ohio.   The hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  It usually takes 30 minutes to receive the record.  If you arrive after 4:30 you may not receive the records that day.  Then you may either schedule at another time for pick or have it mailed to you in a week. 

If ordering by mail is easier for you, the mailing address is Ohio Department of Health, 246 N. High Street, P.O. Box 15098, Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098.  It will take two to three weeks to receive the certificate through the mail.  It any legal changes are made to the certificate it will take one to six months.

Also you may obtain Ohio public records either in person or through the mail by contacting the city or county health department office where the person was born or died.

The cost of each certificate is $16.50 whether you pick it up or it is mailed to you.  Make your check or money order payable to Treasurer State of Ohio.  Do not send cash.  You may also pay for records with either a credit or debit card.  You may order a certified copy of a birth or death certificate with a credit card by using Vitalchek. You will be charged an additional fee.  You may choose to have it delivered by Federal Express.

You may check the status of you order by calling a customer service representative, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at (614) 466-2531.  If you have any more questions you may contact a customer service representatives at  (614) 466-2531 or start your Ohio public record search by filling in the search terms above.