Vital Records

All Noble county birth and death records are available from 1882-present.  We accept cash, money orders, and debit/credit cards - no personal checks are accepted.  A birth/death certificate can be obtained in the office or by mail.

Applicants for Vital Records must have a direct and tangible interest in the record requested and must be able to identify it with reasonable particularity.  Identification is required for the purchase of a Birth or Death certificate. Options include a valid driver's license, State ID or passport.  If you do not have any of these documents, we can accept two other forms of documentation with your signature.

Birth Certificates

A birth certificate is a person's first identity document.  Certified birth certificates are needed for proof of employment, U.S. passport applications, school enrollment, Social Security cards, and other forms of identification.  Birth certificates are forgery-resistant documents printed on safety paper with watermarks, engraving, background security patterns and sequential numbers.

A hospital birth is transmitted electronically by the hospital to the local health department.  This is usually done within five (5) days.  When a birth occurs outside of a hospital, such as a home birth, the person in attendance is required to file the birth with the local health department.  Please contact our office for the procedure to file a home birth.

Death Certificates

A death certificate is the legal proof of death.  It is used by the government to terminate benefits, settle estates and provide entitlements to families.  Most of the information needed to complete the death certificate is obtained from the family of the deceased.  A physician, however, must complete the cause of death information and sign the death certificate.  The funeral director files the completed certificate with the local health department in the county where the death occurred.


Any changes to a birth record will have to be done by appointment only.  Please call Amber Shively at 260-636-2191 ext. 4112.

View/Print Requirements for receiving a vital record
View/Print Birth Certificate Application (.docx, pdf)
View/Print Death Certificate Application (.doc, pdf)
View/Print Genealogy Search Form(.doc, pdf)
View/Print Fee Schedule
Frequently Asked Questions

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