Open Public Record Act:

The Ohio Sunshine Laws are made up of two parts. The Public Records Law grants citizens the right to access public records of government entities within the state. the Open Meetings Law gives the public access to government meetings. The Attorney General’s Office helps citizens and public officials to understand both of these laws. In addition, this office also provides training to anyone who is interested in open government.

Birth Records:

The Bureau of Vital Statistics maintains all records of births in the state that occurred from December 20, 1908 to present. You can obtain a copy of a birth record from this office by submitting an order online, by mail, or in person. You will need to complete an application form as well as provide the appropriate fee. Certified birth records cost $21.50 each while heirloom birth certificates cost $25.

Death Records:

The Bureau of Vital Statistics maintains all records of deaths in the state that occurred from 1964 to present. You can obtain a copy of a death record from this office by submitting an order online, by mail, or in person. You will need to complete an application form as well as provide the appropriate fee. Certified death records cost $21.50 each.

Elected Officials:

If you need information on any of the elected officials in Ohio, you can visit the official state website where all the branches of government are listed along with the various officials. Each official has a link to their website where you will be able to various information such as contact information, policies, and related news. For example, the Governor’s website shows who the current governor is (John R. Kasich) as well as his cabinet members, all news related to him, and even links to his social media accounts.

Court Records

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