Portsmouth Ohio

Where Southern Hospitality Begins


Welcome to the Portsmouth City Health Department Vital Statistics. Any questions, comments, or information you need, please call using the contact information found in the Personnel and Contact Information section.


Effective October 16, 2009, the price of each certified copy or abstract of a birth or death certificate will increase to $25.00 per copy.

There are two ways in which to obtain a birth or death record in Ohio. Please choose the method that best suits your needs:

  1. Walk-in Same day service is available to walk-in customers. This is the fastest way to obtain a birth certificate. When you arrive, you will complete an application and pay the $25.00 required fee. Payment can be made by cash or check with a picture ID only (no debit/credit cards accepted).

    Walk-in/Same day service:
    Portsmouth City Health
    First Floor Green Counter
    605 Washington Street
    Portsmouth OH, 45662

  2. Mail Turn around is estimated at 1 to 2 weeks from the day the request is received. However, people are urged to allow sufficient time for delivery for all birth/death records. Mail a money order of $25.00 for each certified certificate. Cash or personal checks are not accepted through mail request.  Self-addressed stamped envelope (a prepaid overnight service can be used if the record is needed quickly) is required.

    Mail your request to:
    Portsmouth City Health
    Vital Statistics
    605 Washington Street
    Portsmouth OH, 45662

You can write the following information for the respective requests on a plain piece of paper:

Birth Certificate
(December 1908 to the present)
Death Certificate
(January 1909 to the present)

Name at birth
Date of birth
Place of birth
Mother's Maiden name
Father's name
Your area code and daytime phone number

Name of deceased
Date of death
Place of death
Your area code and daytime phone number

A money order of $25.00 (in U.S. funds) for each certificate (birth and death only), payable to "Portsmouth City Health", should accompany each request which covers the cost for the certificate and search.