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. Requests can be made in person or by mail. We are unable to accept requests over the phone, and forms of personal identification are not needed for requested birth records.

Kent City Health Department can issue certified birth certificates for those born in the State of Ohio from 1909 to present day and certified death certificates for deaths that occurred 1909 to present day in Portage County, Ohio.

We are not authorized to issue or fax uncertified copies of birth or death certificates.

Request Records

In Person

A fee of $24 per certified copy and a completed Application for Certified Copies (PDF) are required at the time of request. Applications can be completed prior or are available at our location:
Kent City Health Department
414 E Main Street
Kent, OH 44240

By Mail

Complete the Application for Certified Copies (PDF). Include a check or money order for $24 each payable to "Kent City Health Department". Mail a large, self-addressed postage stamped/paid return envelope to:
Kent City Health Department
Attn: Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 5192
Kent, Ohio 44240

Requests received through the mail are processed the same day with mail pick-up being the next business day.

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 acceptable proof is required; for details, view the Social Security Number Guidelines and Addendum Form (PDF), effective October 15, 2015.