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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) 647-5002 Fee: $5.00. For additional information, call the Federal Information Centre: 1-800-688-9889, and choose option 6 after you press 1 for touch tone phones. Walk-in service is available from the Authentications Office from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Monday-Friday, except holidays. Walk-in service is limited to 15 documents per person per day (documents can be multiple pages). Processing time for authentication requests sent by mail is 5 working days or less. See also, the State Department home page: http://www.state.gov. See also in general, 22 C.F.R. 131.

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.

Ohio
Office of the Secretary of State
180 East Broad St.
15th Fl.
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-2585
http://www.odh.ohio.gov/
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) 728-9200 or by visiting the website at http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/authentication.aspx

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) 728-9200 or
Toll free:  (877) 767-6446



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 20522-1705
(202) 955-0307

 
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