Birth & Death Certificates:

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), a Drop Box for Birth and Death Certificate applications is available near the security desk in City Hall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Birth and Death Certificates applied for in this way will be mailed back to you. We encourage the use of mail, phone, and internet rather than walk-in.



Birth & Death Certificates are $25.00 per certificate (Additional fee for credit card processing)

The Bureau of Vital Statistics can now issue certified copies of Birth Certificates for everyone born in the state of Ohio. Ohio is an "open record" state, and vital records (births and deaths) are considered to be public records by the State of Ohio. This means that anyone who can submit the basic facts of a certificate may request a copy.


New birth records are available 8 to 10 weeks after the date of birth

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Birth Certificates - Order by Internet
To order by internet click here. Payment can only be made by credit card.

The following information must be entered to place an Internet order:
    Full name as listed on the birth certificate Sex (male or female) Date of birth Mother's maiden name (her name prior to first marriage) Father's full name (if available) Hospital City of Birth Credit card number: (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express) Expiration date of the credit card Daytime telephone number Number of copies you want to order
An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service. All major credit cards are accepted, including:



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Birth Certificates - Order by Mail
You may either complete and mail the Application for a Certified Copy of Birth Record or send a letter stating the following information:
  • Full name as listed on the birth certificate
  • Date of birth
  • Mother's name and maiden name (her name prior to first marriage)
  • Father's full name (if available)
  • Hospital Name
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Correct Return Mailing Address
Check or money order payable to the City of Cleveland; the cost is $25.00 per certificate.
Mail to:
Office of Vital Records
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 122
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and allow two to four weeks to receive your certificate(s).

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Birth Certificates - Order by Telephone
Call VitalChek at (866) 691-1914 and use your credit card. Be ready to provide the following information to place your order:
  • Full name as listed on the birth certificate
  • Date of birth
  • Mother's name and maiden name (her name prior to first marriage)
  • Father's full name (if available)
  • Hospital Name
  • Name of credit card holder
  • Credit card number (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover)
  • Expiration date of the credit card
  • Daytime telephone number
  • Home telephone number
  • Number of copies you want to order
  • Address to where the birth certificate will be sent
When applying by telephone you must have a credit card in your name available. The cost is $25.00 per certified copy plus an additional credit card fee.

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Birth Certificates - Walk-In Service (Please bring a Photo I.D.)
We are located at:
601 Lakeside Ave.
Cleveland City Hall
Our hours are: TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ONLY

Please complete the Application for a Certified Copy of Birth Record or be prepared to provide us with the following information:
  • Full name as listed on the birth certificate
  • Date of birth
  • Mother's name and maiden name (her name prior to first marriage)
  • Father's full name (if available)
  • Hospital Name
The cost is $25.00 for each certified copy. You may pay the cashiers using cash, check or a money order (Must have an Ohio personal check and Ohio driver's license).

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How Do You Order a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate?
The Bureau of Vital Statistics issues Death Certificates for all Cuyahoga County except the following communities:
  • Lakewood
  • Euclid
  • Parma
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Death Certificate - Order by Internet
To order by internet click here. Payment can only be made by credit card. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted including:



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Death Certificate - Order by Mail
Please complete the Request for Certified Copy of Death Certificate and provide the following information:
  • Full name as listed on the certificate
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
Check or money order payable to the City of Cleveland; the cost is $25.00 per certificate.
Mail to:
Office of Vital Records
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 122
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and allow two to four weeks to receive your certificate(s).

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Death Certificate - Order by Telephone
Call VitalChek at (866) 691-1914 and use your credit card. Be ready to provide the following information to place your order:
  • Full name as listed on the certificate
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
When applying by telephone you must have a credit card in your name available.

The cost is $25.00 per certified copy plus an additional credit card fee.

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Death Certificate - Walk-In Service (Please bring a Photo I.D)
We are located at:
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 122
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Our hours are:
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ONLY

Please complete the Request for Certified Copy of Death Certificate and provide the following information:
  • Full name as listed on the certificate
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
The cost is $25.00 for each certified copy. You may pay by using cash

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