Birth & Death Certificates

The City of Cincinnati issues Birth Certificates for anyone born in Ohio. Certificates are public records and may be obtained by providing us with the necessary search information. All certified copies have a raised, embossed seal of the State of Ohio.

Prices

  • Birth Certificates: $22 per copy.
  • Death Certificates: $27 per copy.
  • Plastic Birth Registration Cards are no longer available.

How To Apply

In Person

Go to the Elm Street Health Center, 1525 Elm St., first floor (one block north of Music Hall). Certificates may be picked up over-the-counter on the day applied for, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Orders not picked up by 3 p.m. will be mailed. We accept cash, money orders, certified bank checks and some credit cards. Note: On the first Tuesday of the month, the office opens at 10:30 a.m.

Online

For your convenience, you can process online requests through the VitalChek Network, Inc., an independent company that City of Cincinnati Health Department has partnered with. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®,Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

Go to www.VitalChek.com to order. An additional $11 transaction fee is added to process your credit card order. Unless UPS Express delivery is requested, telephone and online orders will be returned via regular U.S. mail. Please allow up to 2-3 working days from the time we receive your request until you receive your order. There is a $3 non-refundable search fee on all records not found.

By Mail

Please provide your legal name, mother's maiden name, and date of birth. We accept money orders and certified bank checks made payable to "Treasurer, City of Cincinnati." Include postage or a self-addressed, stamped envelope in which to return your certificate. The following link below is the application for birth and death certificates:

Location

We are located at 1525 Elm St. in the Elm Street Health Center on the first floor. We are two blocks north of Music Hall in downtown Cincinnati.

Directions

From I-75 Going South: Take the Ezzard Charles exit and turn left. Follow Ezzard Charles until you get to Central Parkway. Make a left turn onto Central Parkway. Go three blocks. We're on the right-hand side of the street in a red brick building that has "Elm Street Health Center" on it.

Genealogical Research

Genealogists are permitted to come to our office to do research (by appointment only). Appointment hours are from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please call 513-352-3120 to schedule an appointment. The CHD Office of Vital Statistics has records starting in 1909. Records prior to 1909 are located at:

University of Cincinnati Archives & Rare Books
P.O. Box 210113
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0113

Phone: 513-556-1959

Genealogy Request Form  Click Here

Burial Transit Permits

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 513-352-3120

After Hours and Holidays

  • Michael Steil at Weil Funeral Home: 513-281-0178
  • John Croxton at T.P. White Funeral Home: 513-231-7150
  • Terena Deters at Ralph Meyer, Deters Funeral Home: 513-251-9700