Birth and Death Records

Birth and Death Records

Hours 
8:00 am - 4:15 pm 
Mon, Tue, Thur, and Fri 

9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Wed

Same-day Service 
Mon - Fri until 4:00 pm

Contact
(614) 645-7331

VS@columbus.gov

Correcting Certificates

Birth Certificate Corrections

Births Prior to 2003

  1. Circle the mistake on the certificate
  2. Write the correction next to the circled mistake
  3. Return the document with the corrections noted to the Office of Vital Statistics (No correction will be made without the return of the incorrect certificate)

More Details

  • For corrections requested by mail, please include your mailing address and daytime telephone number.
  • If an affidavit is needed in your case, a completed affidavit will be mailed to you.
  • Some corrections must be made by order of probate court.  If this is the case, the Office of Vital Statistics will send you additional directions.
  • General corrections to certificates typically take up to 10 days to process, but may be delayed if an affidavit or court order is required.

Births After 2003

Please contact the hospital medical records department where the birth occurred.

Adding a Father to a Birth Certificate

Single, unmarried mothers wishing to add a father to a birth certificate must complete an Acknowledgement of Paternity Affidavit that can be obtained from any hospital, child support enforcement agency, or local vital statistics office. 

  • Adding a father to a birth certificate takes approximately ninety (90) days to complete once the Paternity Affidavit is received and approved. 
  • Birth certificates are not to be returned to the Office of Vital Statistics until a new certificate is on file. 
  • To check on the status of a new birth certificate with the father’s name added, please call 614-645-7331.

Death Certificate Corrections

Contact the funeral home that submitted the original information.