Ohio Death Records: How to Conduct a Search

Although you are unable to search for death records on Ohio’s main website for the Ohio Department of Health, the site is informative and the available FAQ’s will answer any pertinent questions you may have.

If you are attempting to do a correction, please be aware it may take up to six months or more to make a completed correction and have this correction available the next time records are requested.

If you are in a hurry, you may do a rush search by directly contacting the county office where the death occurred. However, be advised the documents may be sealed which may mean you will still have to go to the main state office to request the documents and a court order may be required to receive them.

Here is a complete list of all offices for these functions in the state of Ohio: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/ASSETS/1F51D9A59E92410A973360B1779F91F3/Ohio%20local%20health%20district%20directory.pdf

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Death certificates are available:
By mail – You may mail your request along with the relevant associated fees to:
Ohio Department of Health
Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 15098
Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098

In Person – Any member of the ODH’s service window will be happy to assist you:
Ohio Department of Health
Vital Statistics
225 Neilston Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 466-2531

Electronically – You can obtain a certified copy of the death records you seek by using a credit card and the VitalChek services. Additional charges do apply and it is estimated you will have to wait between three to six weeks for your records from the day you request them (business days may apply). You can access this service by visiting: http://www.vitalchek.com/

Questions – Customer Service Representatives can be reached by calling (614) 466-2531