How to Request Birth Certificates
Certified Birth Certificates are $22.00, which includes $13.50 in state fees. Certified copies are required for most official uses of vital records. They carry the seal of the registrar and are on special security paper. Please note: newborn certificates take 4-6 weeks.
Four (4) ways to request a birth certificate:
- Visit the ZMCHD office at 205 N. 7th Street, Zanesville OH 43701. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-4:00pm, but closed government holidays. This is the fastest way to obtain a birth or death certificate. Please click here to print the instructions and application (complete two pages). You will fill out an application and pay the $22.00 required fee. Your request will be processed as you wait. Normal waiting time is 5 to 10 minutes. We accept cash, check, money orders (in U.S. funds), and credit/debit cards. No request will be filled if the application is not complete.
- Send the form by U.S. mail: You can fill out a request form and mail it in with payment to ZMCHD, 205 N. 7th Street, Zanesville, OH 43701. The day we receive the form, it is processed and sent out in the same days mail. You will need to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and money order of $22.00 for each certificate.
Make money order payable to: Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department. We do not accept credit/debit cards by mail.
- Online by credit/debit card: You can pay by credit/debit card by submitting an online request through our website HERE and accepts all major credit cards; including American Express, Discover, Master Card or Visa.
- Online by visiting Ohio Department of Health Vital Statistics or by visiting any local health department in Ohio that issues birth certificates. Prices vary per local health department.
Administrative Assistant: Delma Cover, 740-454-9741 X 280
Registrar: Corey Hamilton, 740-454-9741 X 280
For faster service, please include BIRTH/DEATH RECORD in the subject line of your email.
About Muskingum County Vital Records
Vital records include Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Paternity Affidavits and Burial Permits. The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department (ZMCHD) maintains records of Births and Deaths occurring within the City of Zanesville and Muskingum County from December 20, 1908 to present.
ZMCHD can now issue birth certificates for individuals born anywhere in Ohio after 1908. This eliminates the need to visit the county of birth to obtain a certificate. There is no additional charge for this expanded service.
Older Birth and Death Records from 1867 to December 19, 1908 and Marriage Certificates, are provided by Muskingum County Probate Court, Courthouse, Zanesville, OH 43701. Call 740-455-7113 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Prior to 1867, Ohio law did not require records to be kept.
Genealogy Research: Searches are conducted as time allows and a small fee is applied. We do accept requests through the mail and will return information requested as soon as time allows. No copies of documents are issued. If you require a legal document, a State certified certificate will be issued at a cost of $22.00. Please note that processing of current documents will take precedence over research of genealogy documents. Telephone inquiries are not accepted for genealogy research or verification.