Birth & Death Records

How to Request Birth and Death Records

Certified Birth and Death Records 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 or death certificate:

1.   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.

2.   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.

3.   Online by credit/debit card: You can pay by credit/debit card by submitting an online request through an independent company that we partner with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through their website link. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, but all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, Master Card or Visa.

4.    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.

For deaths that occurred outside of Muskingum County, click here.