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Foreign Authentication – Apostille

Authentications are in the form of either an apostille or a gold seal certificate for use overseas.  To have a vital record authenticated, the vital record must be forwarded by the customer to the Secretary of State of Ohio.  For more information contact that office at (614) 728-9200 or by visiting the website at

Any birth certificate purchased from our office will be returned to the customer, who is responsible for verifying that information before submitting it to the Secretary of State with separate payment for an authentication.

Secretary of State's Office
180 E. Broad Street, Suite 103
Columbus, Ohio   43215
Phone:  (614) 728-9200 or
Toll free:  (877) 767-6446

To obtain a birth certificate for children born outside the United States and born to U.S. parents, contact:

 U.S. Dept. of State
Passport Services, Correspondence Branch
1111 19th Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20522-1705
(202) 955-0307


Reviewed: 4/4/2017