Ohio Apostille

The Buckeye State

Issuing Authority

Secretary of State

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  1. Bullet Columbus


  1. Bullet $5 per document

Payments can be maid by:

  1. -check

  2. -money order

  3. -cash (over the counter only)

Checks or money orders must be made payable to
Ohio Secretary of State

Turnaround time

  1. Bullet2-3 business days
    for mail orders

  2. Bulletover the counter
    for walk-in requests


Sample images: 1 - Ohio Apostille

Ohio counties:

Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Gallia, Geauga, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Meigs, Mercer, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Vinton, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Williams, Wood, Wyandot

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Last update: 10/12/2008

Acceptable document certifiers:

  1. Bullet currently commissioned Ohio notary public

  2. Bullet County Clerk of Ohio Court

  3. Bullet Registrar from the Ohio Department of Health

  4. Bullet Registrar from the Ohio Department of Vital Statistics

  5. Bullet judge of Ohio Probate Court

Examples of documents which can be apostilled in the State of Ohio:

  1. Bullet birth certificates

  2. Bullet death certificates

  3. Bullet certified copies of marriage licenses or certificates

  4. Bullet certified copies of divorce decrees

  5. Bullet certified copies of probated wills and judgements

  6. Bullet Certificate of Single Status

  7. Bullet adoption papers

  8. Bullet authorization to conduct business in foreign countries

  9. Bullet copies of passports

  10. Bullet diplomas and transcripts

  11. Bullet employment letters

  12. Bullet police clearances

  13. Bullet powers of attorney

  14. Bullet other general documents

  1. Bullet  General Documents

Any of privately issued general documents must have the signature and seal of a currently commissioned Ohio notary public.

The county clerk of court of common please in the Ohio county in which the notary was commissioned must then certify the notary’s signature.

The certification MUST have the county clerk of court’s signature and seal.

  1. Bullet  The Secretary of State’s office does not certify the signatures of Ohio Notaries Public.

  1. Bullet  The following documents are already certified and do not need notarization:

  2. Bullet Birth certificates and Death certificates should be certified copies from the Ohio Department of Health or Vital Statistics. They should have an embossed (raised) seal and a signature of a registrar from the correct state agency. Certified copy of a birth or death certificate can be obtained at the Ohio Department of Health or at the Department of Health or Vital Statistics in the county the birth or death took place.

  3. Bullet Certified copies of marriage licenses or certificates MUST have the seal of the probate court and the signature of the judge. Marriage records are on file at the county probate courts. Certified copy of these can be obtained at the probate court in the county where the marriage license was obtained.

  4. Bullet A Certificate of Single Status can also be obtained at the county probate court.

  5. Bullet Certified copies of divorce decrees should have the seal of the county clerk of court and are on file with the county clerk of court of common pleas. Certified copies of divorce decrees can be obtained at the Clerk of Court’s office in the county in which the divorce took place.

  1. Bullet  Photocopies of any of the above documents are acceptable by the Secretary of State if notarized by a notary public, and then certified by the county Clerk of Courts or notarized by an attorney notary, whose commission does not expire, and is commissioned in the State of Ohio.