An original or certified copy is required. You can order a certified copy of your articles and request an Apostille at the same time. Normal processing takes up to 3 days, plus additional time for mailing, and costs $5. Expedited service is not available. Always provide the name of the country needing an Ohio Apostille or Certificate of Authentication.

You can order

By Mail:
Cover letter form must include the name of the country, payment, self-addressed stamped envelope for the documents to be mailed to after processing, and a daytime phone number for possible questions. You must enclose an original or certified copy of the document, or a request for a certified copy of the document.

In Person:
Requested documents can usually be provided while you wait at no additional charge. You must provide a certified copy or original document. You will want to have your payment handy.

Do you need to order a certified copy at the same time or does the fee include a certified copy?

An Ohio certified copy can be ordered at the same time. However, separate checks will need to be prepared for the fees because certified copies are processed in a different department. This fee does not include a certified copy.

How much does it cost to obtain an Ohio Apostille?

$5 per document for normal processing.

Is expedited processing available?


Payment options?

Check or Money Order.
Make check or money order payable to: Ohio Secretary of State.

How long does it take to get an Apostille Certification from Ohio Secretary of State?

Normal processing: 2-3 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
Counter Service: while you wait.

How will the Apostille Certificate come back after I order from the Ohio Secretary of State?

It will be mailed by the type of pre-addressed prepaid envelope or UPS/Fed Ex airbill provided. Return service by fax or email is not available.


Contact Info:

Ohio Secretary of State
Records and Client Services
180 E. Broad St., Suite 103
Columbus, OH 43215
(614)728-9200 or (877)767-6446 phone