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.
At the Kent City Health Department, birth record requests can be made* in person, by mail or email; and death record requests can be made* in person or by mail.
Current preferred method is by mail. *See all option instructions below.
We are not authorized to issue or fax uncertified copies of birth or death certificates.
Monday - Friday
8:00 am until 4:00 pm
(LAST ORDER PICK UP IS AT 3:50 PM)
Print, review and complete the Application for Certified Copies- Birth Record (PDF) or Application for Certified Copies- Death Record (PDF).
Located in the Kent Central Gateway - PARTA Building
201 E. Erie Street 2nd Floor SW
Kent, OH 44240
(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)
Public Request By Mail
Print, review and complete the Application for Certified Copies- Birth Record (PDF) or Application for Certified Copies- Death Record (PDF). Make checks/money orders payable to "Kent City Health Department". Record Fee is $24.00 each; plus a $1.00 convenience (mailing) fee per transaction for credit/debit card orders and/or for orders without the return envelope. Mail; include a large, self-addressed postage stamped/paid return envelope, to:
Kent City Health Department
Attn: Vital Statistics
201-G E. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240
Requests received through the mail are processed with 1-3 business days.
Public Request By Email- Birth Records Only
Order using a valid credit/debit card. Print, review, and complete the Application for Certified Copies- Birth Record (PDF), email (attach a scan or photocopy of completed application) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Record fee is $24.00 each and $1.00 convenience (mailing) fee per transaction.
Requests received by email are processed within 1-3 business days.
Public Request Online- beginning 02/01/2021
For your convenience, you can process online requests for certified copies of Ohio birth records 1909-present, or Portage County Ohio death records 1909-present through an independent company that the Kent City Health Department has partnered with to provide you this service- VitalDirector by Permitium, LLC; which can be accessed through this link: (pending- beginning 02/01/2021). It is a safe and secure way to supply information and make payment for birth or death certificates and you may track your order. Current delivery methods are by regular USPS First Class Mail or by in-person pick up. The record fee is $24.00 each and if applicable, a $1.00 mailing fee per transaction. Major credit/debit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. fees per transaction will also be charged by Permitium, LLC.
Death Certificates can be sent for filing and copies can be ordered electronically through our dedicated email address email@example.com, using this form: Request to E-File (PDF) or this form: Application for Certified Copies- Death Record (PDF). If you prefer to pick up copies instead of having them mailed, please indicate that to us during our communications. Disposition permits will continue to be approved as normal.You may also submit death certificates and an Application for Certified Copies- Death Record (PDF) in person or through the mail with a check as payment, $24.00 for each copy ordered, payable to Kent City Health Department. 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.