Birth Certificate



Who Can Order A Record?
Vital records (records of births, deaths, and fetal deaths) are public records in Ohio. This means that anyone who can submit the basic facts of a record may request a copy.

Certificates and Social Security Numbers?
As of October 15, 2015, for the first five years after the date of death, the social security number of the deceased will not be included on the death certificate.

Why are there fees?
In accordance with section 3705.24 of the Ohio Revised Code we are required by law to charge a fee for each certified copy of a vital record issued. The fee at this office for each certified copy of a birth, death, or fetal death record is $25.00 per certified copy.

Newborn Birth Certificates?
If you are requesting a birth certificate for a newborn child, you need to wait at least four (4) weeks for Richland Public Health to get the information from the hospital.

Can I purchase for any Ohio county?
Richland Public Health can issue Birth Certificates for anyone born in Ohio. Death Certificates can be issued only for Richland County, excluding Shelby. For deaths in Shelby, contact the City of Shelby, Shelby City Hall, 43 W. Main St., Shelby, OH 44875 (phone: 419-347-5131).