Information about Birth & Death Certificates
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-586-3251 x1271.
Vital Statistics hours are 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
The Mercer County Health District maintains Birth and Death records from 1908 to present. If a person was born in Ohio or dies in Mercer County, that record should be available at our office. Contact Probate Court 419-586-8779 for records prior to 1908.
A Certified Death or Birth copy is $28.00 each. Cash, Personal checks, Money Orders and major *Credit/Debit Cards are accepted (fee applies with credit card purchases – please call for credit authorization).
Make checks payable to: Mercer County Health District.
To obtain a certified copy of a Birth or Death Certificate at the Health Office:
CLICK HERE for the printable Vital Statistics request form.
Please enclose self-addressed stamped envelope. Also include your phone number. No requests can be processed through email or by phone.
Requests for Birth or Death Certificates can also be purchased from the following Website: www.vitalchek.com *This method has a longer turnaround time.
Burial Permits: required by law for burial of human remains in a cemetery or cremation.
Certificate of Services: Record of Human remains being transported into the State of Ohio for disposition.
Supplemental Affidavits: Additions or corrections made to Death records by coroner or physician.
Paternity Acknowledgement: Affidavit used by non-married parents who wish to have biological father’s name appear on the birth record. This is an affirmed statement by both parents at no charge.
Genealogy Research: Many of the birth /death records are available on our computer in our office. Our staff is available for searches during working hours. However, extensive searches are conducted as time allows. There is a charge of .05 a page/after the first 20 free pages.
We do accept requests for research through the mail (a self addressed-stamped return envelope is required) and we will return information requested as soon as time allows.
If you require a legal document, a State Certified Copy will be issued at present cost.
Important Facts to Remember: Non-certified copies are no longer issued. The complimentary birth record that is given at the hospital is not an official record and cannot be used for legal identification.