Obtain Certified Birth & Death Records

Certified copies of recorded Ohio birth and Portage County death certificates are available for purchase at the Kent City Health Department. 

Health departments with vital statistic offices in Ohio can issue certified birth certificates for recorded births occurring in the State of Ohio from 1909 to the present day, and certified death certificates for recorded deaths in the county of death from 1909 to the present day. Forms of personal identification are not needed for requested birth records. 

The Kent City Health Department is not authorized to issue or fax uncertified copies of birth or death certificates. All sales are final upon issuance, no refunds allowed. Exchanges will be considered by request within 2 years of issuance. 

Vital Statistics Will Be Closed Sept. 1-3, Reopen Sept. 7, 2021

The Kent City Health Department vital statistics office will be CLOSED Wednesday, September 1st through Friday September 3rd due to staffing shortages. The vital statistics office will reopen Tuesday, September 7th at 8:00 am. The health department is CLOSED Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day.

You may still submit orders however they will not start being fulfilled after September 7th, 2021.

For immediate birth certificate needs, please visit the Summit County Public Health website at https://www.scph.org/birth-death-records (Orders for death certificates can only be submitted in the county where the death occurred.)  

Public Request Online 

Most convenient method to request certified copies of Ohio Birth and Portage County Death records. Current delivery options are by regular *USPS First Class Untraceable Mail, *USPS Priority (1-3 day) Traceable Mail or by in-person pick up (normally same business day). 
*Kent City Health Department is not responsible for delays with mail delivery. 

To place an order, click the link below:
Online Ordering- Birth or Death Certificates

To place an order for a new birth or one not yet filedclick the link below:

Online Ordering- Newborn Birth

(Newborn birth certificates orders will be mailed by regular USPS First Class Mail and can take up to 2 weeks to become available.) 

(Funeral Homes- go to bottom of page)

Public Requests By Mail

Print, review and complete the Application for Certified Copies- Birth Record (PDF) or Application for Certified Copies- Death Record (PDF).  *Mail: include a large, self-addressed postage paid traceable return envelope, to:
Kent City Health Department
Attn: Vital Statistics
201-G E. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

*Note: Orders received are normally processed in 1-3 business days, and are usually sent by USPS first class mail with or without a traceable envelope. * Kent City Health Department is not responsible for delays with mail delivery.

 All sales are final upon issuance, no refunds allowed. Exchanges will be considered by request within 2 years of issuance.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 
8:00 am until 4:00 pm
201 E. Erie Street 2nd Floor
Kent, OH 44240

 Located in the Kent Central Gateway/PARTA Bus Terminal Building
 (Southwest Entrance - Corner of E. Erie St. / S. Depeyster St.)

30 minute* parking for the Kent City Health Department is on the 4th level WEST SIDE of the Kent Central Gateway PARTA Building Parking Garage  ~ Enter from S. Depeyster St.  (*15 minutes free)

Funeral Homes

Original death certificates can be filed in person, sent through the mail, or scanned and submitted electronically through our dedicated email address kentvitalstats@kent-ohio.org using this form: Request to E-File (PDF).

Please call us at 330-678-8109 if you need additional instructions or information. 

Social Security Numbers on Death Certificates

Per Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3705.23(5): For the first five years after a decedent’s death, a decedent’s social security number shall not be included on a certified copy of the decedent’s death certificate unless that information is specifically requested to be on the certified copy. Relationship restrictions apply and the acceptable proof is required; for details, view the Social Security Number Guidelines and Addendum Form (PDF), effective October 15, 2015.