The Probate Court maintains records of all matters filed within the Court. Such matters include Estates, Guardianships, Trusts, Marriage Licenses, Change of Names, and various other records. Some of the Court's records are kept confidential by law and are not open for public inspection, including Adoptions, Mental Illness and Developmentally Disabled Records. Please refer to Case Types for a more complete listing of the different types of actions that may be filed in the Court.

Reviewing Records

The Court maintains records for review, copying and certification. They are maintained in several different formats. These formats include hard copy original, microfiche, and microfilm. Inspection of any record can be made on the court premises during normal business hours of the Court. Clerks are always available for assistance in locating records, retrieving information, using microfilm equipment, and making copies.

Birth and Death Records

Birth and Death Records in Summit County, for the years 1867 through December 20, 1908, are also maintained in the Probate Court. The State of Ohio did not maintain Birth or Death Records prior to 1867. The Office of Vital Statistics maintains Birth and Death Records after December 20, 1908. Please refer to Birth Registration / Correction for more information on obtaining birth certificates.


Copies are available at $0.10 (ten) cents per page. A two (2) sided page equals two (2) pages. Certified copies are available for an extra charge of $1.00. Certified marriage records are $2.00. Certified birth and death certificates for years 1867 through December 20, 1908 are $3.00. Copies may be requested in person or by mailing a request to: Summit County Probate Court, ATT: Records Room, 209 South High Street, Akron, OH 44308.

The Court prefers a money order, cashier's check or certified check made payable to Summit County Probate Court. When paying by personal checks in Ohio, requests will be held for seven days if payment is over $10.00. Out-of-state personal checks are NOT accepted.
Mastercard, Visa and Discover are accepted.

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