City of Cincinnati lowers cost of birth certificate

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Board of Health has lowered the cost for birth certificates to $22, effective March 1, 2011.

Health officials say the fee is being reduced from $27 due to enhanced efficiencies and an effort to keep prices competitive in a newly modified statewide market place.

"Especially given these difficult financial times, we are excited to be able to keep our prices competitive while passing along savings to the taxpayers in the form of lower fees," said Dr. Camille Jones, Assistant Health Commissioner.

Cincinnati Health Department's Vital Records Office is now able to issue birth certificates for anyone born in Ohio, creating a simpler and now cheaper process for those obtaining birth certificates.

The City of Cincinnati's vital statistics office is the third-largest in the state of Ohio and issued 48,000 birth and 18,000 death certificates in 2010.

A certified copy of a birth certificate may be applied for and obtained in person at CHD's Vital Records office at the Elm Street Health Center at 1525 Elm St., first floor, or by mail for $22.00.

Payment methods accepted for in-person orders are cash, certified bank checks, money orders and American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa® credit cards. For mail orders, certified bank checks and money orders are accepted. To purchase birth certificates by phone or online using a credit card, an additional transaction fee is charged.

For more information about vital records or how to apply for birth certificates, call (513) 352-3120 or visit

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