Director of Fiscal Operations: Kevin VanMeter
Deputy Registrar: Heather Jones
Contact Number: 419-774-4500
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The Vital Statistics division at Richland Public Health maintains records of all births and deaths in Richland County since 1909 (excluding Shelby) and can provide certified birth certificates for anyone born in Ohio. This division maintains statistics on births, deaths and causes of death to assist in planning health programs and services that meet the needs of our community.
Certificates for births and deaths occurring in the city of Shelby are kept at the City Building in Shelby (call 419-347-5131). Richland County births and deaths occurring before 1908 in are kept at the Probate Courthouse.
EFFECTIVE IN JANUARY OF 2011: Richland Public Health Vital Statistics can now issue birth certificates for ANYONE born in Ohio. Our office can only issue Death certificates for deaths occurring in Richland County, excluding the City of Shelby.
For questions, please call 419-774-4500. Cost for birth and death certificates remains the same: $25.00 each. Starting August 1, 2012, there will be a $1.50 convenience fee on all purchases by credit card.
Certified copies of certificates are available at Richland Public Health. Certified copies cost $25.00. Birth or death certificates may be obtained through our walk-in service or by mail. No appointment is necessary. We accept cash, checks, VISA or MasterCard. All questions regarding birth and death certificate copies or spelling corrections should be directed to the Deputy Registrar at 419-774-4500. The toll free number is 1-800-473-2335.
Births and deaths occurring in other states must be obtained from those states. All original Ohio birth and death certificates are permanently placed on file at the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus.
The Ohio Adoption Registry was established by the Ohio Legislature to provide a confidential and voluntary way for adopted Ohioans and their biological families to find one another. Birth records of adopted people born after January 1, 1964 are not available to the public in Ohio. The Adoption Registry acts as a clearinghouse between the adoptee and their biological families enabling them to contact one another.
Another service provided by the Vital Statistics division is acknowledgement of paternity affidavits. The completion of a paternity affidavit is voluntary and acknowledges that a parent and child relationship exists. The affidavit places responsibility for support of the child on the alleged father.
The Vital Statistics Department also issues burial-transit permits to area funeral directors.
Richland Public Health does not maintain marriage or divorce records. These records are available at the the Probate Court.
The department keeps statistics on Richland County births and causes of death. This information is used to assist in planning health programs and services that meet the needs of our community.
Certain immunizations are required for entrance of children into Kindergarten and 7th Grade. Richland Public Health offers immunizations at 11 different walk-in clinics. See the story in the news section below or click the immunization slideshow picture above.