Apostille for Ohio Birth Certificate


When you need to apostille an Ohio birth certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the Ohio Department of Health. Here's what their website says about obtaining one:


How to Order Certificates

Certified Birth Record - $21.50 Certified Death Record - $21.50 Ohio law (Ohio Administrative Code Section 3701-5-11) states that death records older than 50 years and birth records older than 125 years may be removed from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and sent to the Ohio History Connection for archival. As of Nov. 1, 2021, the Bureau of Vital Statistics at ODH will have transferred all records for deaths prior to 1971 into the custody of the History Connection. Customers may obtain certified copies of pre-1971 death records by contacting the local health department in which the death took place – find the appropriate office on the ODH health department locator page. For more information about the Ohio History Connection, including its online death index for certain years, visit www.ohiohistory.org. There are three ways to order certificates from the Bureau of Vital Statistics:


Online

The simplest way to get a certified copy of a birth or death record is to order online using a credit card. Our online order portal now accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express cards. Orders are processed in our office within five business days. Expected delivery time in the continental United States via the USPS is three weeks. If you are requesting a certified copy of a birth record for genealogy, marriage abroad, or dual citizenship your request will need to be processed by mail. Please use the "Download" button to print our paper application and select the appropriate box on the form.

Visit our online order portal by clicking here.

Please note that once an online order is placed, we cannot cancel your request and issue a refund.


By Mail

To request a birth, death, fetal death, or stillbirth certificate, an affidavit of paternity, or adoption file via mail, please complete the Application for Certified Copies and send it to the address below. Click the "Download" button to view or download a copy of this application form.

Ohio Department of Health

Bureau of Vital Statistics

PO Box 15098

Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098

Once completed, send the application with the total fee included. For mail orders we only accept checks and money orders (in U.S. funds). Please do not send cash or credit card information. We do not offer expedited services. All mail-in orders typically take 4-6 weeks to process. To check the status of your order after three weeks, please email VS.Issuance@odh.ohio.gov.

If you would like to order a decorative heirloom birth record click here to download the form.


In Person at Local Offices

Our office is not offering in person certificate service while we adhere to Governor DeWine's guidance on social distancing and health safety. Many local offices do have limited in person availability or other alternative pathways for the public to request a certified copy of an Ohio vital record. If you are unable to place an online order through our office we recommend you visit our local health district locator page for the location and contact information of a local health district in Ohio near you.

If you have further questions about obtaining a certified copy of an Ohio vital record please contact our Issuance Unit at VS.Issuance@odh.ohio.gov.


Ohio Birth Certificate Apostille

There is no margin for error with the Authentication or Apostille process. If mistakes are made, both your time and money will be wasted and you'll have to start all over again. If you want to look into outsourcing this part of preparing to studying abroad to someone with experience, please email me at jared@apostillellc.com or call 848-467-7740 to request my services or learn more.

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