Where to find Ohio Death Records
There are a few simple facts to know about Ohio Death Records. Ohio Death Records can be obtained either by visiting the Office of Vital Records in person or through the mail. To request a death certificate in person you may visit the state office in Columbus, Ohio or the local city or county office in which the person died. The address for the state office is Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics, 225 Neilston Street, Columbus, Ohio. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Because it usually takes 30 minutes to receive the record, if you arrive after 4:30, you may have to either schedule at another time to pick up the record or have it mailed to you in a week.
If it is more convenient to request a certificate through the mail the address is Ohio Department of Health, 246 N. High Street, P.O. Box 15098, Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098. When applying for a death certificate through the mail, you will need to allow two to three weeks from the time that your request is received for your record to be delivered. If any corrections are made or legal action is taken, because of an adoption, or determination of paternity, etc., your request could take from one to six months.
The cost is $16.50 per certificate. Make your check or money order payable to the Treasurer State of Ohio. Do not send cash.
To obtain an apostille, an authenticated death certificate for international use, you must first request a death certificate from the Office of Vital Records. There will be an additional $5.00 charge for authentication payable to Secretary of State of Ohio. You must identify the country that you are requesting the identification for. You may order a certified copy of a 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. For more information, you will need to contact the Ohio Secretary State at (614) 72-9200 or (877) 767 6446 or at their web site: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/authenticaton.aspx.
Remember that Ohio death records and all state records are readily available online to the public and provides a much easier resource tool at the click of a mouse.