Ohio death records are monitored and maintained by the Ohio Office of Vital Statistics of the Ohio Department of Health. Ohio Death Records are not public records and can be obtained only by the legal guardians, relatives, and legal representatives of the deceased. Ohio Death Information shows the date, place, and cause of the death. You can request for an obtain death record in the state of Ohio in three different ways: in person, by mail and by phone. Following is how you can make a request for and obtain an Ohio Death Record through each way.
The first way to obtain death records in Ohio is in person. How do you make an in person request for death records in Ohio? You can make an in person request for an Ohio Certified Death Record by visiting a local Vital Statistics office, completing the Application for Certified Copies, and paying the relevant fee. The fee for Ohio Death Records is $21.50.
How can you make a request for and obtain Ohio Death Records through mail? To make a mail request for Ohio Death Records, complete and mail the aforementioned application along with a copy of valid photo ID and a self-addressed envelope to:
Ohio Department of Health
P.O. Box 15098
Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098
In addition to the aforementioned documents, mail a pay order or check for the fee to above-mentioned address. Also, it is important to have the form notarized. The Ohio Department of Health and Senior Services will not entertain your application if the form you mail isn’t notarized. Generally, mail requests are processed within 2 to 4 weeks.
The final way to obtain death records in Ohio is online. To make a telephone request for an Ohio Death Record, call vitalcheck, an independent company contracted by the Ohio Department of Health, at (614) 466-2531, provide the required information, and pay the relevant fee through credit card. In addition to the application fee, Vitalcheck will charge you $8 processing fee. Making a phone request for Ohio Death Records is the fastest way to obtain the death record you need.
There you have it, the three ways to make a request for and obtain death records in Ohio. In addition to the aforementioned ways, you can obtain Ohio Death information online through public databases. Using the online public databases is a fast and convenient way of accessing the Ohio death record you need. As mentioned above, Ohio Certified Death Records are not available to the general public and only specific people can access them. To find out more about how you can obtain the death records in Ohio, call the Office of Vital Statistics of Ohio Department of Health at (614) 466-2531.
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Responses to “Ohio Death Records”
LaVern, typically immediate family member’s can obtain copies of an Ohio death certificate. You will want to start by contacting the Ohio Department of Health and inquiring if you fit the definition of “immediate family”. For your convenience, their phone number is 513-357-7200
My cousin Ronald Knowlton was born in Monroe, Michigan. Later on in life he moved to Chillicothe, Ohio. I’m doing a book on the Family Tree and would like to know if I could get a copy of his Death Certificate.
Is there a death record for a Herodias (Rhoda) Knowles d/o Frank and Emma Bennett Knowles born April 1891. Thank you,
Cynthia, do you have a date of birth or approximate year of death to narrow down our death record results? There are many listings for people with the same first and last names
I am looking for a death record of Paul Wilson, my grandfather had a receipt for a vault burial at Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. My Grandfather was William Wilson. That is all the information I have.
Ellen, since you are immediate family you can obtain a copy of your father’s death certificate by contacting the Ohio Department of Health directly. You can visit their website for more information or contact them directly @ 1-833-427-5634
I am searching for a death record for my father Irvin David Winans, not married to my mother. I found his relatives on Ancestry, he died at home June 2, 1970 cause not listed. I cannot find any obituary anywhere, so this would be helpful in finding any siblings I may have. He is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in St. Bernard. Where should I look please. Also he was arrested in his youth, got any idea of any mugshot? I would also like to have a picture of him. There are a lot of scams online and so I do not want to do this on the internet if I can find out his death certificate. I would prefer to communicate with a state authority that is in charge of death records but do not know where to write. Can anyone tell me where I write to get a legitimate person to help me.. Thank you for any assistance.
Bea, you can contact the Ohio Department of Health directly to inquire about a death certificate. They are the state agency in Ohio that manages vital records including obtaining a copy of an Ohio death certificate. You can visit their website directly or call then @ 614-466-3543
my Father disappeared in 1940 and never returned to our family. Only recently did I come across his name in a death record notation online. It was in a newspaper or online list of deaths in ohio I know it is my father because he had a son, my brother who is a JR. and they both have the samename It makes it difficult to get any information since they both have the same name and my brother is also deceased. I know my Dad died in Columbus Ohio in 1973 but I cannot get any one to help me find the records. There are a lot of scams online and so I do not want to do this on the internet if I can find out his death certificate. I would prefer to communicate with a state authority that is in charge of death records but do not know where to write. Can anyone tell me where I write to get a legitimate person to help me..
Peggy, thank you for reaching out about our Ohio death record blog. We ran an Ohio death record search for your friend and did not find anything in our vital record database resources. The only Wilda Keith we found shows the following information Date of Death: 11/30/1980 Date of Birth: 04/09/1898 which is definitely not the same person you’re looking to find information on. That being said, you can also obtain an Ohio death verification by contacting the Ohio Department of Health – Bureau of Vital Statistics. You can visit their website or call them directly @ 833-427-5634
i peggy goad is trying to find out if my best friend wilda m keith is dead or alive she lived in lorain ohio 70 years old
Last Updated: 2017-05-02