Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, January 06, 2011

New: NHD providing birth certificates for all Ohio county births

Norwood Health Commissioner Pamela Walker-Bauer sent us the Ohio Department of Health’s 12/17/10 press release below just as we started our holiday hiatus and attached the following message for our readers:

We will be one of the health departments that will provide this service. (We were one of the first 10 to be approved!) Right now birth (and death) certificates are $22.00 each. Our competitors in Hamilton County include the Cincinnati Health Department and Hamilton County Public Health and they charge $28.00.

We will be raising our fees to $25.00 around May 1, 2011 because we are adding a credit card machine. That means that our customers will now be offered the convenience of billing a credit card rather than them paying with cash or a check. Right now, neither Cincinnati or Hamilton Co offer this service.

Pamela Walker-Bauer, MPH, RS
Norwood Health Commissioner

12/17/10 ODH Press Release

Ohioans can now obtain certified birth certificates at local health departments across the state

Today, the Ohio Department of Health is announcing an improvement in customer service for individuals wishing to purchase a certified copy of an Ohio bird record.

Over the next few months, local registrar offices throughout the state will have access to issue an Ohio birth record regardless of the county where the birth occurred. Prior to this improvement, a person would need to purchase a copy from the county where the birth occurred or from the state office of vital statistics.

“These changes will help to streamline birth record requests across the state and more quickly connect Ohioans with essential records, “said ODH Director Alvin D. Jackson M.M. “They will be especially helpful for individuals who need a birth record in a hurry, since a person will now be able to travel to the closest office and purchase the record needed.”

The implementation of ODH’s birth and death registration system was noted as innovative by the Public Health Accreditation Board earlier this year. The project began in 2006 with scanning and keying index information of over 20 million vital records into the state database. With this effort complete, all local health departments will not be able to access and issue a certified birth abstract for Ohio birth records dating back to 1908.

Participation by local departments is optional and not all offices may choose to participate. Individuals are encouraged to contact their local health department to see if they offer this service. It is also important to call ahead to determine the hours of operation and the fees associated with a request for a certified birth abstract.

To find information on a local health department visit and click on “Local Health Departments.”