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
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
- 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
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
- The probate court of the county of birth
- The probate court of the county of residence
- 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
- Submit to probate court an application for
- 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.
- 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
- Submit to probate court an application to correct
- Attach a certified copy of birth certificate
to be corrected.
- 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.
For Birth Correction Forms.
For Birth Registration Forms.
What are the Costs
Incurred in Correcting and/or Registrating a Birth Certificate?
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The following is a list of present ordinary costs.
It is recommended that the cost be verified before submitting any
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