Looking for public records in Ohio is fast and easy as the State makes the records available through various ways. Those looking for the records can obtain copies of the records through several ways such as ordering online, via standard mail, walk in and through customer-assisted phone requests.
Birth and death records are usually available through the Local Vital Statistics Office County Health Department whereas Marriage and Divorce records are available from the clerk of courts or probate courts that issued or granted the decrees. For those who are looking for abstracts, the Office of Vital Statistics maintains an index to help the researchers locate the actual license or decree.
To obtain birth and death records, researchers can check out the Office of Vital Statistics. The Office has a large database and in fact has records that date back to 1908 for births and 1954 for death records. Some records though might no longer be accessible from the Office, as they have already been moved to the Ohio Historical Society for archiving. These records are those that are 125 years old (for births) and 50 years old (for deaths). To obtain copies, one can request for plain paper copies of the record from the Ohio Historical Society.
To get records from the Office of Vital Statistics, one can visit the records office during weekdays and fill up a request form. The cost for each certificate is $21.50 and this can be paid through cash, money order, credit card or check payment method. Same day issuance is available; take note that for those who requested after the 4:30pm cut-off, the service is not guaranteed. One can however pick up the records at a later date or have the records mailed to them.
For the mailing process, those who request the records must send the payment through money order or check. Each record costs about $21.50 each. Processing time takes about 3 weeks. For online ordering, the person requesting the records can place their order to the State Office or to their county health department and pay the order with credit cards. Processing time is 3 weeks; however, processing can be shortened in some counties or city health departments depending on the volume of the requests that the office may have received. Fees of counties and cities can vary from that of the state’s office.
The Office also provides searching services for those who are unsure of the exact year the event occurred. Each search service would cost $3 and covers up to 10 years. The search fees double in multiples of 10. For example, when a person wants to cover 20 years in the search, they have to pay $6. The search fee is in addition to the records fee that one has to pay. For researchers who do not need the certified copies or need only basic information, they can check out online public record sites that offer free basic public records search. Alternatively, for full access, they may be charged a minimal fee. This is the fastest and the most convenient way to retrieve information.