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Posted by: C Allen Nichols on May 8, 2020

Ohio "vital records" can only be certified by the registrar or the clerk with the requisite authority to issue the record. A notary public may not notarize copies of vital records such as birth, marriage or death certificates.  Notaries will not find a notarial certificate to be completed or signature to notarize on vital records.  If an individual wants a notarization on a vital record, the option is to notarize an affidavit from the principal stating the record is a true and accurate copy of the record. The notary public must give the signer an oath/affirmation and follow the procedure for notarizing an affidavit.  However, it is possible that the entity receiving the record will reject the affidavit and copy.  

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