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Galion City Health Department issues certified copies of certificates for births in Ohio from 1908 to present. For births prior to 1908 see the Vital Statistics main page.

Obtaining a Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate

Each certified copy is $25.00. Uncertified copies of birth certificates are not issued.
Complete and print an application form and bring it to Galion City Health Department. Only cash, check, or money order is accepted for walk–in service. Office hours for this service are Monday–Friday 8am–4pm.
Mail Order
Complete and print an application form and mail it, along with a self addressed, stamped envelope and money order for $25.00 to:
Galion City Health Department, 113 Harding Way East, Galion Oh 44833. 
Mail orders are typically processed and sent out within one to two business days.
For your convenience, certified copies of birth certificates can also be ordered online through VitalChek. Galion City Health Department partners with VitalChek to offer this service to those who were born in the city of Galion. Credit and debit cards are accepted. Visit www.VitalChek.com to begin the ordering process.



Correcting a Birth Certificate

Correcting a birth certificate (most often a misspelling), which requires an affidavit, can be initiated at our office. Walk–in service is offered for these corrections. Once you have verified the information on the birth certificate and the information to be changed with our Registrar, the affidavit is then sent to the state so that the birth certificate can be updated.


Adding a Father to a Birth Certificate

Single, unmarried mothers wishing to add a father to a birth certificate that no father is currently named on can initiate the process at our office. Walk–in service is offered for this addition and requires that both parents be present (not necessarily at the same time). Our Registrar will instruct parents on how to complete an Acknowledgement of Paternity, obtain both signatures, and then send the affidavit to the Central Paternity Registry.  The form can also be taken home so the parents can read over the affidavit.  However signatures must be notarized, so do not sign the form until in the presence of a notary.  The process can take up to 2-3 months for the name to be added to the certificate.
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