Death Certificate Request

seal blankCertified death certificates are available for any person who died in Henry County beginning in 1909. If the death occurred outside of Henry County, the record may be obtained from the Ohio Department of Health Vital Statistics Office for deaths occurring from 1964 to present or the Ohio Historical Connections for deaths occurring from 1908 to 1963. You may also obtain death records from the county in which the event occurred.

For requests of recent vital events, please note it can take up to three months for a record to be registered.

Vital records (records of births, deaths, and fetal deaths) are public records in Ohio. This means that anyone who can submit the basic facts of a record may request a copy.

As of October 15, 2015, 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 requestor is:

  • The deceased’s spouse, or lineal descendant
  • 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

**Individuals requesting a death certificate with the social security number included must indicate on their Vital Statistics Records Request Form that they are requesting the SSN be included, and submit satisfactory identification to the registrar.


Cost:  $23.00 for each certified copy requested. We accept, cash, check or money order.


Placing an order:

For the fastest response, we recommend placing your order in person.


Walk-in Service:

Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:15pm

We accept cash, check or money order for same day service.


Mail your application:

Send completed Vital Statistics Records Request Form with required $23.00 fee (check or money order payable to Henry County Health Department) to:

Henry County Health Department
1843 Oakwood Ave
Napoleon, Ohio 43545

Orders are processed the day they are received.


Online Orders: 

Certified copies of death certificates are available through VitalChek, a website application.  Payment is made by credit care and a service fee is charged for each order. Records will be mailed first class or can be shipped faster by paying additional shipping charges.  Place your online order here.

Please note: Certified copies of vital records will not be processed by Henry County Health Department. For questions or problems that occur when using Vital Check, please call customer service at (800) 669-8312.


Notice to All Vital Statistics Customers: Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3705.29, it is unlawful to purposely obtain, possess, use, sell, furnish, or attempt to obtain, possess, use, sell, or furnish to another for the purpose of deception any certificate, record, or certified copy of it that relates to the birth of another person, whether living or dead.