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Death Certificates

Death certificates are available for people who died in Lorain County. We cannot issue death certificates for people who died in another Ohio county. Certified copies of death certificates cost $25 each. Uncertified copies are not available. We also provide birth certificates.Death Certificates

For the first five years after the date of death*, the social security number of the deceased will not be included on the death certificate unless the person requesting is

  • The deceased’s spouse or lineal descendant, such as a child or grandchild.
  • The deceased’s executor, attorney, or legal agent.
  • A representative of an investigative government agency.
  • A private investigator.
  • A funeral director or agent responsible for disposition of the body acting on behalf of the deceased’s family.
  • A veteran’s service officer.
  • An accredited member of the media.

*Effective October 15, 2015.

Get a death certificate - 3 ways to choose.

In person at Lorain County Public Health

  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • LCPH accepts cash, check, money order, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.

Through the U.S. mail

  1. Fill out this form. (If you prefer Spanish, fill out this form instead.)
  2. Mail completed form, check or money order, and self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Lorain County Public Health
9880 Murray Ridge Rd.
Elyria, OH  44035

Through VitalChek - online or over the phone 1-888-290-0228

  • VitalChek charges an additional fee. All major credit cards are accepted.