Ohio Birth Records Search

Ohio’s Department of Health is the entity responsible for keeping and issuing OH birth records for the state. They have been collecting and maintaining them since 1908.

Ohio birth records are confidential. Therefore, the only people who can get a copy of yours are the following: you, if you are 18 or older, your parents, your spouse, a legal guardian or your lawyer.

You must also prove your identity when requesting an Ohio birth records search. You may use the following forms of photo ID: driver’s license, passport, military ID, government-issued ID, school photo ID, work photo ID.

When ordering you will need all the information on the person listed in the record along with your reason for the request, and your information if you are not ordering for yourself.

Types of OH Birth Records

The state offers a couple of different types of birth records for you to choose purchase.

  • Certified Copy - a certified copy is an official legal document verifying your identity, and you can use it to apply for school, government jobs, the military or get your driver’s license or passport.
  • Heirloom Copy - an heirloom copy is also an official legal document. This keepsake type is available in four styles and comes on special paper with a raised seal. You can even have your baby’s footprints on it.

The state also offers services to amend an incorrect certificate or add paternity rights to an existing Ohio birth record.

State Population

Ohio is centrally located within the United States with 11.69 million people living there. Although considered the 34th largest state in the country it is also the 7th most densely populated. However, it has a very low growth rate of 0.67%.

Its population density is 282.3 people per square mile with a total landmass of 44,825 square miles. Different cities are growing and shrinking at rapidly different rates all over the area.

It was part of the Territory Northwest in 1787 and became a separate territory in 1802 then its own state in March of 1803.

State Population
1 birth every 229 seconds

1 death every 344 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Ohio. The total population of Ohio is estimated at 11,622,554 people with 5,693,506 male and 5,929,048 female. There are 235,542 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.01% of the total population.

The Ohio Gender Ratio is 96 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.96. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Ohio Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 11.34 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 138,085 total births — the lowest in Ohio history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 138,085, 3.50% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Ohio

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Ohio Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Ohio
Maine - 9.84Tennessee - 12.07
Massachusetts - 9.74Texas - 14.03
Rhode Island - 9.04Arkansas - 13.07
New York - 11.15Hawaii - 12.01
Pennsylvania - 10.51Kansas - 13.05

Top 5 Counties in Ohio with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Ohio with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Ohio with the highest birth rate
Portage County - 8.90Franklin County - 15.06
Lake County - 9.46Hamilton County - 13.37
Medina County - 10.25Lucas County - 13.01
Columbiana County - 10.32Wayne County - 12.77
Trumbull County - 10.41Montgomery County - 12.48

Fertility Rate in OH

In Ohio the fertility rate based on historical data went from 60.94 to 61.50 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 62.84 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.28 to 28.12.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Ohio are Wayne County - 70.35, Allen County - 68.04 and Miami County - 67.39. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Richland County67.12
Franklin County66.96
Lucas County66.79
Hamilton County66.53
Ashtabula County66.48
Montgomery County65.46
Licking County65.11
Columbiana County64.01
Mahoning County63.71
Clark County63.37
Stark County63.2
Trumbull County62.01
Clermont County61.86
Cuyahoga County61.25
Lorain County60.5
Summit County59.67
Medina County58.7
Warren County58.61
Butler County58.26
Fairfield County58.21
Delaware County55.74
Lake County55.31
Greene County55.23
Wood County47.66
Portage County41.93

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain an Ohio Birth Certificate

You may order birth records and certificates in the area three ways, online, in person and by mail.

If you visit in person, you can get one the same day. You may visit weekdays between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at their office located at 225 Neilston Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. You may pay with cash, credit card, check or money order.

The next fastest way to get one is Ohio birth records search online, and it will take only 3-5 days for processing.

If you wish to order by mail, send your application, photo ID and fee to: Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, PO Box 15098, Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098

 Mail orders typically take 3-6 weeks for processing. The cost of searching for birth records in Ohio, and the certificate is $21.50. If you order an heirloom certificate, the price is $25.

Ohio Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $21.50
Organization: Vital Statistics; Ohio Department of Health
Address:P.O. Box 15098, Columbus, OH 43215-0098
Remarks: State office has birth records since December 20, 1908. For earlier birth and death records, write to the Probate Court in the county where the event occurred. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Treasury, State of Ohio. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (614) 466-2531. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Ohio Department of Health, Vital Records website..