To request a birth certificate in Ohio, visit the state Office of Vital Statistics of the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus. Complete the application form available in the lobby, and pay the required fee to request a birth certificate. As of 2015, the fee is $21.50, and customers can pay using cash, checks, money orders and credit cards, notes the Ohio Department of Health.
The Office of Vital Statistics accepts walk-in customers from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customers receive the birth certificates on the same day provided they place the request before 4:30 p.m., according to the Ohio Department of Health. Customers can request to pick up the birth certificate at a later date or receive it by mail.
Customers can also apply for birth certificates online and by mail, explains the Ohio Department of Health. The department only accepts credit card payments for online applications. Customers can use checks or money orders to pay the fees if they mail in their applications. It takes up to three weeks to process applications received online or in the mail. Customers can request birth certificates at any city or county vital statistics office. Vital statistics offices can process birth certificate requests for births that did not take place in the same city or county.