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Birth and Death Records

We provide same day certified birth certificate copies for all Ohio counties, and certified death certificate copies for individuals who died in Ashland County. Birth and Death records are available from 1908 to the present.

Contact Info

A certificate costs $25. Additional service fees may apply depending on how you purchase your certificate:

In Person Option
For immediate service, you can visit our office at 1211 Claremont Avenue Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before issuing the certificate, we will ask you to complete a request form. We accept cash, checks, money orders, credit and debit cards. Please note a picture ID is required if you are writing a personal check. No out-of-state personal checks will be accepted.

Online Purchase Option: VitalChek
VitalChek is a service of VitalCheck Network, Inc., an independent company. An additional fee of $7.00 is charged by VitalChek. Please note the VitalChek website automatically defaults to a local service charge of $17.50 for a 2 day overnight fee, so remove the check mark to avoid this extra fee. We mail the birth/death certificates as soon as we receive the paid request.

Mail Option
You may print and complete the Application for Certified Copies Birth Certificate Request Form or Death Certificate Request Form and mail it to: Ashland County Health Department, 1211 Claremont Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. You must include a money order or check payable to the Ashland County Health Department. Please note, that we can only issue certified death certificates for individuals who died in Ashland County. We can issue certified birth certificates for any county in the State of Ohio.

Or, instead of completing the Application for Certified Copies, you could send payment along with a letter of request that includes the following:

    1. Birth/death name and date of event
    2. Daytime phone number
    3. Self-addressed, stamped envelope
    4. Payment

Following is additional information you may find helpful:

  1. Affidavits for correction and Acknowledgement of Paternity may be filed in Vital Statistics.
  2. The certification of birth issued by the hospital is NOT an official, certified birth certificate and cannot be used as legal identification.
  3. Records brought to Vital Statistics cannot be stamped, sealed or copied.
  4. We do not maintain marriage or divorce records. These records are available at Probate Court, located in the Ashland County Courthouse.
  5. You will also need to visit Probate Court for birth certificate name changes.

Please call 419-282-4231 to speak with our Vital Statistics staff.

Local and state Vital Statistics Offices must comply with Federal regulations. As federal and state laws change, older birth certificates may have to be replaced as certain federal agencies will begin to refuse to accept these older certificates. Replacement certificates will be available at the prevailing rate for Certified Copies.


Birth Certificate Request Form

Death Certificate Request form

Adoption File Information | Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Genealogical Society

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