Have a question about your death certificate order or availability? You might find the answer to your question below!
If we have it, you can then submit a Public Records Copy Request for $12 by mail. If we do not hold records for the county in question, you will need to contact the probate court or county archives/records center for that county to obtain a copy.
The exception is death certificates for Columbus. The City of Columbus started producing death certificates in 1904. These are included in our Public Records Online Index and can be ordered the same as State of Ohio death certificates.
If the person you are looking for was an Ohio solider who was killed-in-action, those are federal records and are under the perview of the National Archives.
If you would like to help with this project, you can volunteer to come to the Archives & Library to input data. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Office.
If you do not have that information, you can submit a death research request. The fee is $25 per hour with a one hour minimum. One hour is usually sufficient. For that, we will look through all of the death indexes for a 10 year period. There is no guarantee that we will be able to locate a death certificate for them, but at worst, we try to provide you with other leads that you can follow up on.
If you would prefer, we can also manually search through every single death certificate for the county and month of death. The fee for that service is $25 per hour. There is always a possibility that the State of Ohio never received their copy of the death certificate from the county to begin with, so your chances of finding it are better through the county.
Other times, part of the certificate was filled out in light ink and the rest in dark ink. When that happens, we are often unable to get a clear copy of the whole certificate using a single darkness setting. In that case, we make two copies on different darkness settings so that between the two, the entire certificate is readable.
You can download a copy of the affidavit here [.docx format].