Ohio Public Records
The Ohio Open Records Law in Section 149.43 of the Ohio Revised Code designates public records as those kept by a public office. These records can include mortgages, deeds, property and land records, liens, judgments, maps, photographs, meeting minutes, legal papers, letters, laws, ordinances, license information, and vital records.
The law restricts 27 types of records from public access, including documents that would violate personal privacy rights, endanger citizens or government entities, or are confidential by law.
State level resources in Ohio are organized below for you. These are the top-requested types of online records; this is not an exhaustive index of every type of record that exists. Try the menus on the left if you are looking for databases at the city or county level, or if you want to see resources organized by category type, such as Property Records or Criminal Wants and Warrants.
- Court System - The Ohio court system has five levels. At the first are Mayors Courts, which handle misdemeanors & traffic cases. At the second are Municipal & County Courts (misdemeanors, traffic cases, and civil cases up to $15K); and the Court of Claims (handling all suits against the State). At the third is the Court of Common Pleas, broken into four divisions: General (civil & criminal cases; appeals from administrative agencies); Domestic Relations (divorces, child support/custody); Probate (probate, adoption, mental illness cases); and Juvenile (paternity, offenses involving minors). At the fourth is the Court of Appeals, split into 12 districts, which reviews decisions from lower courts. At the top level is the Supreme Court, the highest appeals court in the state. Ohio Court Records
- Criminal Records - Felony, Juvenile, and Juvenile DWI cases are handled in the Court of Common Pleas. Misdemeanor and standard DWI cases are handled in the County, Municipal, and Mayors Courts. Most counties in Ohio offer online criminal court databases and some offer advanced features such as party information, sentencing details, fines, full case summaries, and case dockets. For more details about these records, and access to available databases, visit our Ohio Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – These are available from the Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 15098, 225 Neilston Street, Columbus, OH 43216, (614) 466-2531. Go over to our Birth Records page for historical births and christenings, county birth records; the Social Security Death Index for Ohio, genealogical death records, obituaries, cemetery burial databases, city & county deaths; historical marriage record databases and county marriage databases; and county court divorce databases.
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|Business Search |
Ohio Secretary of State database of corporations, LLPs, LLCs, fictitious & assumed business names, trade names, trademarks, trusts, and even church names. Search by current or former business name, type, status, location, document number, business ID, or agent name.
|Court Records |
Ohio courts, court records, forms, and rules, including: Federal District court records; Ohio Supreme Court and Court of Appeals records; and county records from all available Ohio county common pleas, probate, juvenile, domestic relations municipal, county, and mayor's courts.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium criminal records statewide records combined, including court records from 169 Ohio Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, Department of Corrections current and historic inmate records, registered habitual offenders, registered sex offenders, and the Department of Developmental Disabilities abuser registry.
|Death Records and Certificates 1913-1944 |
Search the Ohio Death Certificate Index by name, date range, and or county. Provides name, county, date of death, volume number, and certificate number. Death Certificates can be ordered through the mail.
Ohio Department of Health index of 1962-1996 divorce index and county court divorce records.
Search for Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections current inmates and those under Dept. supervision by name or offender number. Provides name, offender number, offense, committing county, date of admission, institution, status, etc.
Search the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library database by name and/or year of death for Northwest Ohio obituaries from the 1830's to the present.
|Ohio Home Page |
Visit the official site for the State of Ohio, where you can find government offices, officials, services, jobs, and other resources.
|Tax Refunds |
Search the Ohio Department of Taxation refund inquiry by SSN, amount of refund and type of tax to view the status of state tax refunds.
|Unclaimed Property |
Ohio Department of Commerce Unclaimed Funds Division. Find missing money or check the status of a claim.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Search Ohio Uniform Commercial Code Filings (Secured Loan Transactions) by debtor, secured party, or filing number. Searches, search results, and document copies are free.
|Vital Records Information|
Stateside and county vital record databases and information on where to go to get vital records and certificates in Ohio.
|Administrative Code |
Browse by code number or search for Ohio Administrative Code by keyword, several words, or phrase
|Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Services |
Search this Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services and Ohio Department of Mental Health database (MAC-Search) for Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Services by provider, specialty, type, ID number, contact or CEO, telephone number, or zip code.
|Artists in Education |
Browse the Ohio Arts Coucil Arts in Education directory for residency and visiting artists
|Arts Festivals |
Search this Ohio Arts Council database for Arts Festivals by festival name, city, region, status, and/or date range.
|Attorney General Opinions |
Browse or search the Ohio Attorney General's database of opinions from 1994 to the present in Adobe Acrobat format.
|Audit Reports |
Search this database of the Auditor of State of Ohio by entity name or report title, or use the Advanced Search to query by entity type, report description, county, fiscal years and/or released date to view corresponding info with links to audit reports.
|Bills, Resolutions, Analyses & Fiscal Notes |
Search for Ohio General Assembly session bills, resolutions, fiscal notes, analyses, and synopses by number, House/Senate, session, primary sponsor, or keyword.
|Campaign Finance |
Search for Campaign Finance information in Ohio, including contributions, expenditures, candidates, committees, PACs, PCE & LCF committees, and cover pages.
|Child Care / Early Learning |
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services database of available child care facilities and early learning programs.
Search the Ohio Revised Code by keyword or phrase, or browse the Table of Contents by Title.
Browse the Ohio Constitution by article and section, or search by keyword.
|Court Opinions | Supreme, Appellate & Claims |
Search this database of Ohio state court opinions by court, year decided, case name/#, Webcite number, topic and/or full-text search to view topics/issues, abstract, case name, case #, author, webcite, county, citation, decided date & posted date.
|Court Records | Court of Claims Victim Appeals |
Search the Ohio Court of Claims victim appeal docket for cases indexed before 2000. Subsequent cases have been combined into a single database. For those records use the Court of Claims database.
|Crash Reports |
Search this Ohio State Highway Patrol database for crash reports by year, crash number, crash date, county, name, injuries, fatalities, and/or date received.
|Drivers Records |
View your driving record using this Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database.
|Employee Phone Directory |
Search for phone numbers for State of Ohio employees by name or the last four digits of the phone number.
|Employment Relations Case Filings |
Browse the Ohio State Employment Relations Board new case filing logs in .pdf format to view petitioner, respondent, case number and file date.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Ohio instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Government Records |
Search the Ohio Government Records Database for agency retention schedules.
|Historical Society |
Browse by letter or topic, or search by keyword for Ohio natural history, prehistory, and history.
|History | Ohio Memory |
Search the Ohio Memory project for Ohio history information. Database includes "primary sources from archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums that document Ohio's past from prehistory through the present."
Browse the Ohio Hospital Association alphabetical member database to view hospital name, city, phone and Website.
|Inmates | Death Row |
Browse this Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction list by name for current death row inmates.
|Inmates | Southeast Ohio Regional Jail |
Inmates currently incarcerated or released from the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail facility, serving Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Morgan, Perry, and Vinton counties.
Search this Ohio State Legislature site for House and/or Senate current legislation by bill number or keyword.
Search for Ohio Legislators by name, district, or zip code.
Search the State Library of Ohio directories of Ohio libraries to view library information including name, address, county, phone, fax, and e-mail..
|Library Catalog |
Search the State Library of Ohio online catalog by title, author, subject, keywords, call numbers, or other numbers.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business |
Search for and verify the status of Ohio professional and business licenses, including dentists, physicians, CPAs, nurses, realtors, pharmacists, attorneys, and many more.
|Lobbyists & Lobbyist Employers |
Search by name or employer name for Legislative Agents, Executive Agency Lobbyists, and Lobbyist Employers registered in Ohio.
Browse the Ohio Department of Natural Resources listing of specialized Ohio maps to view maps of such resources as parks, archaeology, geology, wildlife, canals, forests, lakes and roads.
|Mental Health Services |
Browse this Ohio Department of Mental Health roster of Ohio mental health services by zip code.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Ohio to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Motor Vehicles | Auto & Watercraft Titles |
Search the vehicle title database of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles by title number or ID number to view automobile and watercraft information including make, model, VIN, year, issue date, title and ID numbers, owner name and title history.
|Motor Vehicles | Personalized (Vanity) Plates |
Search for personalized license plates issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Search by vehicle type, plate type and personalized message to find availability of personalized plates.
|Newspaper Index 1793-1996 |
Search this catalog of microfilmed Ohio newspapers for use in an Ohio archives/library reading room, or through an interlibrary loan. Search by Newspaper Title, City of Publication, or County of Publication. Individual articles not indexed.
|Pets | Lost & Found |
Search the PET FBI database of lost and found pets in Ohio by status, type, time frame and location to view corresponding info, pet name, physical characteristics, photo where available, owner name, contact info and other details.
|School Conflict Management Trainers |
Browse the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Directory of School Conflict Management Trainers to view trainer name, address, contact info, educational background, professional experience, fees and references.
|Schools & School District Directory Reports |
Search the Ohio Department of Education database listing by district or county to view information on districts, schools and other institutions including IRN, district name and county. Custom reports by building and district available.
|Schools & School District Representatives |
Search the Ohio Department of Education through a variety of searches to view corresponding information on related Board of Education members, state representatives, IRNs, schools and districts.
|Statistics | Birth, Death, Cancer, Health |
Search for birth, death, cancer, injuries, communicable diseases, and health resources (just to name a few) incidence statistics in Ohio by year and county or statewide. View results by table, chart, graph, map, or details.
|Utility Companies by Zip Code |
Use this Public Utilities Commission of Ohio service to search for Gas, Electric, Water and Telephone companies that serve that ZIP Code.
|Yellow Pages |
Let your fingers do the tapping through the Ohio Yellow Pages by category or business name and/or city to view businesses and contact information.