Can I Notarize A Request For A Birth Certificate?

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Is it OK to notarize a form requesting a birth certificate for an individual from a bureau of vital statistics? — S.T., Ohio

Yes, typically you may notarize a person’s signature on most document types. The current Application for Certified Copies of a birth certificate available from the Ohio Department of Health Vital Statistics (ODHVS) does not require notarization, but the Affidavit Correction of Birth Record published by the ODHVS does require notarization.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call 1-888-876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

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