Getting an Apostille in the USA
United States Authentication Authorities
Q. Who are the U.S. "Competent Authorities" to issue the Apostille certificate?
A. There are three levels of U.S. competent authorities, one for Federal agencies, one for U.S. (federal) courts, and one for state documents, including documents executed before notaries.
1. Federal Executive and Administrative Agencies: Authentications Office, Department of State, 518 23rd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20520, (202) 647-
2. U.S. Courts: Clerks and Deputy Clerks of the Federal Court System. Fee: $5.00.
For the purposes of the Convention, clerks and deputy clerks of the U.S. Courts shall include the clerks and deputy clerks of the following: The Supreme Court of the United States, the Courts of Appeals for the First through the Eleventh Circuits and the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States District Courts, the United States Court of Claims, the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, the United States Court of International Trade, the United States District Court for the District of the Canal Zone, the District Court of Guam, the District Court of the Virgin Islands, and the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.
Office of the Secretary of State
180 East Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State.
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-
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 payment for an authentication.
Secretary of State's Office
180 E. Broad Street, Suite 103
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 728-
Toll free: (877) 767-
Born Outside of USA
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-