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Frequently Asked Question About Birth Corrections and Birth Registrations

 The following are common questions that have often been posed to our office:

What is the Probate Court's role with Birth Certification? back to top

Prior to December 20, 1908, all birth registrations were recorded in the probate court of the county where the birth occurred. On that date, the Ohio Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, established health districts in which all live births are now recorded.

How Do I Obtain Copies of A Birth Certificate? back to top

Births occurring before December 20, 1908, contact the probate court in the county where the birth occurred.


Births occurring after December 20, 1908, contact the Health Department in the area where the birth occurred or the Ohio Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics. Addresses are:

Ohio Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 15098
Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098

Phone number (614)-466-2531

What are the Requirements for Unrecorded and Corrected Birth Certificates? back to top

Ohio Law provides that whomever claims to have been born in this State, and whose registration of birth was not recorded, or has been lost or destroyed, or has not been properly and accurately recorded, may file an application for registration of birth, or correction of their birth record.

Where Do I Go to Record or Correct a Birth Certificate? back to top

  1. The probate court of the county of birth
  2. The probate court of the county of residence
  3. The probate court of the county in which the mother resided at the time of birth

What is the Procedure for Recording Unrecorded or Missing Birth Certificates? back to top

  1. Submit to probate court an application for birth registration.
  2. Attach a letter indicating that a search has been made and no evidence can be found of a birth registration. If the birth occurred prior to December 20, 1908, the letter must be from the probate court of the county where the birth occurred. If the birth occurred after December 20, 1908, the letter must be from the Ohio Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics.
  3. Attach a letter of verification of birth such as an affidavit of the attending physician; affidavits of two (2) persons older than the applicant acquainted with facts concerning the birth, and if such are not obtainable, any combination of 3 pieces of documentary evidence, which will verify the facts set forth in the application, such as:
    • School records
    • Baptismal records
    • Military records
    • Employment records
    • Hospital records
    • Census records
    • Insurance records
Notwithstanding the above requirements, the Probate Judge will give each application individual consideration.

What is the Procedure for Correcting a Birth Certificates? back to top

  1. Submit to probate court an application to correct birth certificate.
  2. Attach a certified copy of birth certificate to be corrected.
  3. Attach evidence to verify correction -- similar to items submitted with application for birth registration listed in procedure for recording birth certificate (paragraph 3, above).

What Forms are Involved, and Where Do I Obtain Those Forms? back to top

Application forms for registering and correcting birth certificates may be obtained from the Probate Court.

Click here For Birth Correction Forms.

Click here For Birth Registration Forms.

What are the Costs Incurred in Correcting and/or Registrating a Birth Certificate? back to top

The following is a list of present ordinary costs. It is recommended that the cost be verified before submitting any payment:

Copy of birth certificate from the Ohio Department of Health $15.00

Application to register birth $23.00

Application to correct birth certificate $23.00