Death certificates are available for persons whose death occurred from 1891 - present in Hamilton County, OUTSIDE the city limits of Cincinnati or Norwood.
If the death occurred within the city limits of Cincinnati or Norwood contact:
Cincinnati Health Department (513) 352-3120
Norwood Health Department (513) 458-4600
Ohio Department of Health (614) 466-2531
How to request a certified copy of a death certificate
Certified copies of death records are $24.00 and may be obtained in person, by mail or online (additional fee for this service).
Call 513-946-7989 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Have a credit card available. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
Send the following items to the Hamilton County Public Health, 250 William Howard Taft Road, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219:
- Completed application (see Dowload at right).
- Check or money order (no cash) payable to the Hamilton County Public Health. Certified copies of death records are $24.00 each.
- Self-addressed, stamped, business sized return envelope.
Bring the following items to the Hamilton County Public Health (directions):
- Payment - certified copies of death records are $24.00 each. Cash, checks and money orders are accepted at the walk-up counter. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards are also accepted.
Request a copy of a certified death record online using VitalChek. VitalChek is a third party vendor HCPH has partnered with to provide this service. There is an additional fee to use this service, but you can choose to receive your certificate in as few as 2-3 business days. All major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa.
Veteran's Death Certificates
The family of a veteran is entitled to one free copy of that veteran's death certificate. This certificate is marked "For Government Use" and can only be used to process veteran affairs. A VA application must be submitted by either the funeral home or the Veteran's Administration office. For more information, please call (513) 946-7805.
Once a death/birth record is filed, an affidavit is required to change or correct any information on the certificate. The original document will not change - the attached affidavit will indicate the change/correction. An individual must go through Hamilton County Probate Court to make the change or correction to the original record.