Vital Statistics (Birth & Death Information)
Need a birth or death certificate?
The Athens City-County Health Department can provide you with birth & death certificates as long as the following criteria have been met:
- The individual was born in the State of Ohio. (Most Health Departments in Ohio have statewide access to birth certificates for persons born in Ohio.)
- The individual died in Athens County
- Must have full name at birth / death
- Must have Date of birth / death
CERTIFIED COPIES ARE $22.00 (Cash or Money Order Only)
WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO PROVIDE PLAIN COPIES!
HOURS: 7:30AM to 11:30AM AND 12:00PM to 3:45PM, M-F
As of January 1, 2011, we have statewide access to birth certificates for persons born in the State of Ohio from 1909 to the present.
For any legal reasons, you WILL need a Certified Copy
This department does not accept personal checks or credit cards (must be cash or money order!)
This department will not process EMAIL or TELEPHONE requests for certificates.
MAIL ORDER REQUESTS
If you are unable to physically come into our office, you may request your certificate by mail. Please send the completed form provided along with a money order to:
Athens City-County Health Department
278 West Union St.
Athens, OH 45701
Ohio Department of Health Vital Statistics
- Includes printable Birth and Death Certificate request forms.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If a certificate cannot be located in this office, what should I do? You have two alternatives:
- If the certificate is not an urgent request, please submit an application to the state directly. Certified copies are $21.50 and will be processed within 6 to 8 weeks.
- If the certificate is needed quickly, please call the VitalChek service. They can be reached via the web at here, or by phone at 1-877-828-3101, or fax at 1-877-553-2439. Standard orders usually take 1 to 2 weeks to receive.
- Certificate Corrections
Once a death/birth record is filed, an affidavit is required to change or correct any information on the certificate. The original document will not change – the attached affidavit will indicate the change/correction. An individual must go through Athens County Probate Court to make the change or correction to the original record.