Ohio Public 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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Addiction Services

Emerald Jenny Foundation guide to addiction treatment services 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

Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services and Ohio Department of Mental Health database (MAC-Search) of Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Services by county.

Artists in Education

Ohio Arts Council Arts in Education directory of residency and visiting artists.

Arts Festivals

Ohio Arts Council index of Arts Festivals.

Attorney General Opinions

Ohio Attorney General's database of published Opinions.

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.

Bed & Breakfasts

Search this database of Ohio bed and breakfasts by city name.

Births and Christenings 1821-1962

Index of over 4.7 million Ohio birth and christening records filed between 1821 and 1962.

Campaign Finance

Campaign Finance records 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.


Ohio Constitution listed by article and section, or search by keyword.

Court Opinions | Supreme, Appellate & Claims

Ohio Judicial System court opinions.

Court Records | Court of Claims Civil Index

Ohio Court of Claims civil court cases by party name or case number.

Crash Reports

Search for and order Ohio State Highway Patrol crash reports.

Deaths and Burials 1854-1997

Death and burial records filed in Ohio between 1854 and 1997.

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.

Equal Opportunity Reports

Department of Administrative Services' Equal Opportunity Division databases, including affirmative action approvals, certificates of compliance, EDGE certified providers, I-29 reports, and MBE certified providers.

Government Records

Search the Ohio Government Records Database for agency retention schedules.

Historic Places | State Register

Search the National Register Information System (NRIS) for Ohio listings by resource name, address, county, city, period.

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."

Inmates | Death Row

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction list of current death row inmates.

Inmates | Southeast Ohio Regional Jail

Inmates currently incarcerated, booked today, or released today from the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail facility, serving Athens, Hocking, Morgan, Perry, and Vinton counties.

Inmates | Tri-County Regional

Inmates currently in custody at the Tri-County Regional Jail, serving Champaign, Madison, and Union counties.


Searchable database of Ohio General Assembly legislation.


Search this Ohio State Legislature site for House and/or Senate current legislation by bill number or keyword.


Ohio Directory of House of Representatives and Senate Legislators.


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

State Library of Ohio online catalog.

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

Ohio Department of Mental Health roster of Ohio mental health services by zip code or county.

Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Abuser Registry

According to the Ohio Dept. of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, this abuser registry was established to prohibit abusive MRDD employees from working in the system. Search by SSN, last name or obtain a full list.

Military | War of 1812 Soldiers & Officers

Ohio roster of enlisted men and officers from the War of 1812.

Missing Children

Missing Ohio children search from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Motor Vehicles | Auto & Watercraft Titles

Ohio Bureau of Motor vehicle and watercraft title search.

Motor Vehicles | Deputy Registrars

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Registrar directory.

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.

Personnel Board of Review Dockets

Search for Ohio State Personnel Board of Review order or case information by name or case number.

Public Notices

Ohio News Media Association index of public notice ads.

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.

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.

Unclaimed Funds | Northern District Bankruptcy Court

Northern District Bankruptcy Court database of undistributed funds.

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.

Ohio is located in the easternmost midwest region of the United States. The Capital is Columbus and the largest city is Columbus.  The Official Web Site is located at http://ohio.gov/.  Ohio is the 7th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 11,594,163 and the 2010 census population was 11,536,725.  The land area is 40,860.69 square miles and there are 282.3 persons per square mile.

83.2% of the population is White, 12.5% is Black or African American, 3.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.9% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2% are two or more races. 88.5% are a high school graduate or higher, and 25.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $130,800. There are on average 2.47 persons per household, the per capita income is $26,046, the median household income is $48,308, and 15.8% of the persons in Ohio are considered below poverty level.

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