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What information does the Ohio Department of Vital Statistics provide?

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The Ohio Department of Vital Statistics provides birth records, death records and adoption information for individuals born in Ohio. The office also provides marriage and divorce records and paternity records that were filed in Ohio.

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The Ohio Department of Vital Statistics maintains records and data about health issues, such as infectious disease, sexually transmitted disease and cancer, that have affected Ohio residents. The office also processes changes to vital records that have been approved by a probate court, such as a change in name or changes to a birth certificate following a paternity determination. The Ohio Department of Vital Statistics also provides heirloom birth certificates in a variety of designs that offer a raised seal and decorative certificate for individuals born in Ohio.

Individuals can obtain vital records from the Ohio Department of Vital Statistics by visiting a local office in person, ordering online at ODH.Ohio.gov, or sending a request through the mail. Only birth, death and paternity records are available for online ordering.

The Ohio Department of Vital Statistics is only required to maintain vital records from the past 50 years, except for birth records, which are maintained for 125 years according to Ohio Administrative Code. The Ohio History Connection archives records older than 50 years.

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