Order official Ohio Birth Certificates and Vital Records online

A birth certificate is a crucial document that serves as a primary form of identification. It is necessary for various purposes, such as enrolling in school, obtaining a driver's license, applying for a passport, and many other legal and administrative activities. As such, obtaining a certified copy of your birth certificate is a vital task.

Who Can Request a Birth Certificate?

Ohio law permits the following individuals to request a birth certificate:

  • • The individual named on the birth certificate if they are 18 years of age or older;
  • • Immediate family members, such as parents, legal guardians, children, and spouses;
  • • Legal representatives with proper documentation proving their interest in the birth certificate.

What Documents Are Required?

To apply for an Ohio birth certificate, the following documents are generally required:

  • • A completed application form, which can be downloaded from the Ohio Department of Health's website;
  • • A valid photo ID (e.g., driver's license, state ID, passport);
  • • Payment for the application fee.

For additional information on required documents and to download forms, visit the Ohio Department of Health's official website.

How to Obtain an Ohio Birth Certificate

By Mail

To request a birth certificate by mail:

  • • Complete the application form;
  • • Include a photocopy of your valid photo ID;
  • • Enclose the required fee in the form of a check or money order;
  • • Mail the package to the Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics Office.

In Person

You can also apply in person at the Vital Statistics Office or any local health department. Ensure you bring:

  • • A completed application form;
  • • Your valid photo ID;
  • • Required fee payment.


For convenience, you can order an Ohio birth certificate online through VitalChek. This service allows you to order from the comfort of your home and offers expedited processing options. Ensure you have a scanned copy of your ID and a credit/debit card for payment.

How Much Does a Birth Certificate Cost?

The cost for obtaining an Ohio birth certificate is typically $25 per copy. There may be additional fees for expedited services, online convenience fees, or for ordering extra copies. For detailed information on fees, check the Ohio Department of Health's Vital Statistics page.

Processing Time

  • By Mail: Generally, 3-6 weeks, but it can vary;
  • In Person: Same day service is often available if all documents are in order;
  • Online: Processing times vary, but expedited services can significantly reduce waiting time.

Following these guidelines carefully will ensure a smooth process in obtaining your Ohio birth certificate. Should you have any specific questions or require further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out directly to the Ohio Department of Health's Vital Statistics office.

Vital Statistics - Ohio Department of Health

AddressP.O. Box 15098, Columbus, OH 43215-0098
Phone number(614) 466-2531