Adoptions Finalized Prior to Jan. 1, 1964
Adult adoptees and lineal descendants may submit an application to the Ohio Department of Health for a copy of the adoption file. The adult lineal descendants (children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the adoptee) may also submit an application for a copy of the adoption file. An adoption file usually contains the original birth certificate and a court order decree of adoption. Please note: a copy of an adoption file CANNOT be ordered online, nor can a copy of an adoption file be provided in our lobby on the same day. Customers may mail the required documents with payment or submit them in our lobby; requests will be verified and researched, then copies will be mailed within one month.
Notarized request should be mailed to:
Ohio Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Should you have questions, contact our customer service team at (614) 466-2531.