WHAT IF YOU
If your parents were not U.S.
citizens, you need to get your HERE’S
birth certificate from the country
OUTSIDE OHIO? where you were born. HOW
There are two ways to track down
information about how to get a WHAT DOES IT COST? TO GET
birth certificate if you were born in
another state. The amount charged for a certified
copy of a birth certificate varies.
You can phone the National Center For instance, the City of Cleveland
for Health Statistics at 866-441- charges $19. The fee charged by the
6247 to find out who to contact in state is $16.50. If the state Office of
the state where you were born. Vital Statistics has to search to find
the date of birth or the exact name
The second way is to check this recorded at birth, there is an
website: www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/ additional fee.
w2w/w2welcom.htm. If you do not
have a computer, your local library If you need a birth certificate and
may be able to help you. cannot afford to pay for it, there
are programs to help you. To find
Some states may require you to
have a current or recently expired
out where to go, ask your
drivers license, a state ID or some
other photo identification. If you were born in Ohio but were BIRTH
never issued a birth certificate, you
If you were born in another country can confirm that by writing to the CERTIFICATE
and your parents were U.S. Ohio Office of Vital Statistics. If
citizens, the U.S. Department of that office does not find one, it will
State (202-955-0307) is the place to advise you how to get one from a
apply. The mailing address is 1111 court.
19th Street NW, Suite 510,
Washington, D.C. 20522-1705.
WHERE DO I GET A However, if you were born in LORAIN COUNTY
BIRTH CERTIFICATE? Bedford, Cleveland Heights, East
Cleveland, Euclid, Garfield Heights, The Lorain County Health
Lakewood, Maple Heights, Parma, Department handles issuance of
Anyone born in Ohio can get a birth Rocky River, Shaker Heights, South birth certificates for anyone born in
certificate from the Ohio Euclid or University Heights, you the county outside of the city of
Department of Health, Vital need to apply to your city Health Lorain. The city Department of
Statistics, P.O. Box 15098, Department. Health has the records for persons
Columbus, OH 43215-0098 (614- born within its borders.
ASTABULA COUNTY YOU DO NOT HAVE TO APPLY
By mail, it generally takes two to FOR A BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN
three weeks. Send the first five If you were born in Ashtabula PERSON. ANYONE CAN GET A
items listed in the third column County but outside the cities of BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR
along with your daytime phone Ashtabula or Conneaut, you can get ANOTHER IF THEY CAN
number and address and a check or a birth certificate from the county PROVIDE THE NECESSARY
money order for $16.50 payable to health department in Jefferson. If INFORMATION.
Treasurer of State of Ohio. you were born in Conneaut or the
city of Ashtabula, you can get your
To pay by credit card and for birth certificate at the health WHAT DO I NEED?
quicker service, see the vendors department in those cities. The information needed varies
listed on the state’s website at somewhat from office to office.
www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/ GEAUGA COUNTY However, generally this is the
vitalstats.aspx. You also can get a information you must supply:
birth certificate quickly in the city In Geauga County, the County
or county where you were born. General Health District in Chardon ♦ Name at birth
handles issuance of birth certificates ♦ Date of birth
CUYAHOGA COUNTY for anyone born in the county.
♦ Place of birth
If you were born in most cities in LAKE COUNTY ♦ Mother’s maiden name
Cuyahoga County, you can get a ♦ Father’s name (if available)
certified birth certificate at the Anyone born in Lake County can get ♦ Some agencies may require
Cleveland Department of Vital a birth certificate at the county identification from you and the
Statistics, 601 Lakeside Ave., health department office in name of the hospital where you
Cleveland 44114 (216-664-2315). Painesville. were born.