WHAT IF YOU WERE BORN OUTSIDE OHIO?
There are two ways to track down information about how to get a birth certificate if you were born in another state. You can phone the National Center for Health Statistics at 866-4416247 to find out who to contact in the state where you were born. The second way is to check this website: www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/ w2w/w2welcom.htm. If you do not have a computer, your local library may be able to help you. Some states may require you to have a current or recently expired drivers license, a state ID or some other photo identification. If you were born in another country and your parents were U.S. citizens, the U.S. Department of State (202-955-0307) is the place to apply. The mailing address is 1111 19th Street NW, Suite 510, Washington, D.C. 20522-1705.
If your parents were not U.S. citizens, you need to get your birth certificate from the country where you were born.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
The amount charged for a certified copy of a birth certificate varies. For instance, the City of Cleveland charges $19. The fee charged by the state is $16.50. If the state Office of Vital Statistics has to search to find the date of birth or the exact name recorded at birth, there is an additional fee. If you need a birth certificate and cannot afford to pay for it, there are programs to help you. To find out where to go, ask your caseworker. If you were born in Ohio but were never issued a birth certificate, you can confirm that by writing to the Ohio Office of Vital Statistics. If that office does not find one, it will advise you how to get one from a court.
HERE’S HOW TO GET
YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE
WHERE DO I GET A BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
Anyone born in Ohio can get a birth certificate from the Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 15098, Columbus, OH 43215-0098 (614466-2531). By mail, it generally takes two to three weeks. Send the first five items listed in the third column along with your daytime phone number and address and a check or money order for $16.50 payable to Treasurer of State of Ohio. To pay by credit card and for quicker service, see the vendors listed on the state’s website at www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/ vitalstats.aspx. You also can get a birth certificate quickly in the city or county where you were born.
However, if you were born in Bedford, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Lakewood, Maple Heights, Parma, Rocky River, Shaker Heights, South Euclid or University Heights, you need to apply to your city Health Department.
The Lorain County Health Department handles issuance of birth certificates for anyone born in the county outside of the city of Lorain. The city Department of Health has the records for persons born within its borders. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO APPLY FOR A BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN PERSON. ANYONE CAN GET A BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR ANOTHER IF THEY CAN PROVIDE THE NECESSARY INFORMATION.
If you were born in Ashtabula County but outside the cities of Ashtabula or Conneaut, you can get a birth certificate from the county health department in Jefferson. If you were born in Conneaut or the city of Ashtabula, you can get your birth certificate at the health department in those cities.
WHAT DO I NEED?
The information needed varies somewhat from office to office. However, generally this is the information you must supply:
In Geauga County, the County General Health District in Chardon handles issuance of birth certificates for anyone born in the county.
If you were born in most cities in Cuyahoga County, you can get a certified birth certificate at the Cleveland Department of Vital Statistics, 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland 44114 (216-664-2315).
Anyone born in Lake County can get a birth certificate at the county health department office in Painesville.
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Name at birth Date of birth Place of birth Mother’s maiden name Father’s name (if available) Some agencies may require identification from you and the name of the hospital where you were born.