Order your Cincinnati (OH) Birth Certificate Online

Order a Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) birth certificate online to avoid long lines at the vital records office. Complete an easy form to get a certified copy of a Hamilton County birth certificate mailed to you.


US Birth Certificates continues to offer its vital records application preparation services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine.

Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.

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Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) Birth Certificate Replacement

Citizens born in the City of Cincinnati or the Hamilton County are issued a Ohio birth certificate as soon as their birth is officially registered.

This essential legal document is a mandatory requirement for several U.S. official processes, such as when a Cincinnati citizen needs to:

  • Obtain a government-issued identification document, including a passport, a social security card, a driver’s license, amongst others
  • Enroll in school university, or sports activities
  • Get married

If your Cincinnati, Ohio birth certificate got lost, stolen, or was misplaced or destroyed —even partially— you will have to obtain a Hamilton County birth certificate replacement.

Applying for a legally-valid copy of a Cincinnati, (OH) vital record can conveniently be done online, eliminating the need to wait in line at a vital statistics office.

Ordering a Cincinnati, Ohio birth certificate online is a quick and straightforward procedure. The form takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and we provide personalized instructions to help you complete your birth certificate application with ease.

Once your Cincinnati birth certificate replacement application has been processed, you will receive an official copy of your vital record at home.

Cincinnati, (OH) Birth Certificate types

These are the specific types of birth certificate copies that can be issued in Cincinnati, Ohio:

Long-form copy of a Cincinnati, (OH) birth certificate: a government-issued copy of the original document, the only type that can be used for legal purposes. Also known as certified copy of a birth certificate. Short-form copy of a Cincinnati, (OH) birth certificate: an abstract of the birth record that only shows the individual's basic information. Also known as informational copy. It cannot be used for legal purposes.

Long-form authorized copies are the only certificates that can be provided to prove identity, nationality, and age and are necessary for several bureaucratic processes such as applying for a U.S. passport or Social Security number.

Official copies carry the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.

How to Get a Certified Birth Certificate in Cincinnati

To order an authorized copy of a Cincinnati, Ohio birth certificate:

  • Fill out the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information
  • Print and sign it in the presence of a notary public
  • Mail it to the Ohio vital records office with the necessary requirements, a prepaid self-addressed envelope, and payment (as detailed in the personalized instructions you will receive)

Your certified copy will be issued and sent by mail to the address printed on your self-addressed postage-paid envelope.

Copies of Cincinnati Birth and Death Certificates may be ordered by mailing your application package to the following address:

Cincinnati Health Department
1525 Elm Street 4th Floor,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Citizens of Cincinnati, OH who would prefer to submit their birth certificate application in person, may do so at the following address during walk-in hours —although this usually entails waiting in line:

Cincinnati Health Department
10950 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Please note that as of May 3rd, 2023, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.

Cincinnati birth certificate requirements

To get a certified copy of a Cincinnati, Ohio birth certificate, you will need to complete the online birth certificate application with the following personal data:

  • Last name (as it would appear on the certificate)
  • First name
  • Sex
  • Date of birth
  • Name of hospital or address where the citizen was born
  • The reason why you need the birth certificate
  • Mother’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

Citizens applying for a certified copy of a Cincinnati birth certificate need to prove their identity and be over 18 years old.

Proof of identity can be provided using any of the following documents:

  • State of Ohio Driver’s License
  • State of Ohio ID Card
  • Driver’s license issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory
  • Photo State Identification Card issued by another
  • U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory

Who is eligible to apply

An official copy of a Cincinnati birth certificate can be ordered by:

  • The subject of a birth certificate
  • A parent, child, spouse, sibling, grandparent or grandchild of the person named on record.
  • Legal guardian, the legal representative or if own a court order.

Please note that the documentation that must be presented alongside the Cincinnati birth certificate application may vary depending on the person requesting the vital record.

How to Request an Apostille for a Cincinnati Birth Certificate

If you need to use your birth certificate outside the U.S territory, your document should bear an apostille to grant it legal validity abroad.

This can be obtained by mail. Simply send your official birth certificate, together with the apostille fee to the Secretary of State’s office in a self-addressed postage-paid envelope. Certain counties may have additional requirements.

Ohio Authentications Unit street address:

Ohio Secretary of State
22 N 4th St,
Columbus, OH 43215

Cincinnati (OH) Birth Certificate Cost

Each certified copy of an Ohio birth certificate issued in Cincinnati entails a fee of USD that must be submitted along with the application.

It is good practice to order multiple certified copies of a Cincinnati, OH birth certificate, whether to keep on file for future use or for your reference.

Additional birth certificate copies ordered within the same application form carry a fee of USD $25 per copy.

Cincinnati (OH) Birth Certificate Processing Times

Once you have posted the complete Cincinnati birth certificate application package, with photocopies of your chosen government-issued ID and the appropriate fees, the Cincinnati vital records bureau will process your request.

In most cases, your Cincinnati birth certificate order will be filled 3-6 weeks. However, new birth certificates may take longer to become available.

As soon as the birth certificate is issued, it will be posted to your home or office address, as stated in your Ohio birth certificate application form.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to place a Cincinnati birth certificate rush order at this time. Therefore, it is advisable to order extra copies of the birth certificates ahead of time to keep on file for future use.

Ohio Vital Records Office

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Public Health offices that can provide birth certificate copies in Ohio.

Keep in mind that the Cincinnati Public Health office may sometimes process requests faster than the state vital records office.

Regardless of whether the birth certificate you require is found or not, a non-refundable search fee will be charged.

Therefore, in most cases, unless you are filing at the state vital records office, it is advisable to submit a birth certificate application at the county clerk’s office where the birth was first recorded, whenever possible. That way, you can be sure that the search will result in the certified birth certificate being issued.

In some cases, applying at a different county office may result in the bureau issuing a short-form birth certificate instead of long-form should they not have the file on location. In other cases, you may be issued a document stating the birth record was not found.

FAQs About Cincinnati (OH) Birth Certificates

  • How to get a birth certificate in Cincinnati, Ohio?

    Obtaining a Cincinnati, Ohio birth certificate can easily be done online:

    1. Complete the online birth certificate application form. Our experts will verify it to ensure it is error-free so that your vital record can be issued (the form is available by clicking the button above)
    2. Print, sign and pack the complete birth certificate application package with the following:
    3. Send the complete package to the Cincinnati vital records office. Once processed, you will receive the OH birth certificate replacement at home
  • Where can I get a birth certificate in Cincinnati, OH?

    Obtaining a certified copy of an Ohio birth certificate issued in Cincinnati may be done by placing an online order, mailing in your request, or walking into the vital records office in Ohio.

    Walk-ins often require waiting in line for hours at the vital records bureau.

    The most practical way to get a legally-valid Cincinnati birth certificate is to fill out the application form online (available by clicking the button above) and have it revised by an expert.

    This way, regardless of whether you mail it in or submit it in person, you can be confident that your birth certificate application will be filled, not rejected.

  • How much does a Cincinnati birth certificate cost?

    A replacement copy of a Cincinnati birth certificate bears a state fee of $25 per copy.

    Fees must be paid when the OH birth certificate application and the documents detailed in your personalized instructions are submitted.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of the Cincinnati birth certificate to keep on file for future use. Additional copies ordered within the same form cost $25 each.

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