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Addresses for Departments of Vital Records & Secretaries of State

Last Revised 06/18/12

Adoption requires the prospective adoptive parents to assemble a variety of documents. These include certified birth certificates, marriage certificates, and divorce decrees among others. These can be obtained from the State Vital Records agency and authenticated by the Secretary of State of that state.

There is a service called "VitalChek" that can obtain your Vital Records for you. They are a bit expensive, and I understand they've been having problems lately, but many familes have used them with no problem and swear by them. Their number is: 1-800-255-2414 and their webpage address is: http://www.vitalchek.com Most of the time, they will only get the Vital Record, not the State Seal. You may still have to send the document back to the Secretary of State's office for the State Seal.

No matter where you order your Vital Record from, be sure to ask for a "certified original" or "certified copy" of your Vital Record. Many states also require a "live signature" on your records. As each state becomes more "computer literate" they seem to be dropping that requirement. Virginia and DC have recently stopped requiring live signatures. Ask your Sec. of State's office for their requirements. There are 50 states and each state has it's own set of laws. It can be very confusing! When sending your request to the Vital Records Office, ALWAYS mention that you are adopting internationally on your request. Some states have different forms for international adoption.

When you receive your Vital Record, it usually has a raised seal on it. Sometimes it even has a tiny raised seal that says "Great Seal of the State," but this is NOT all you need. Unless you receive specific instructions from your agency that you do not need it, the next step is to send your document to the Secretary of State's office. Repeat, the one sheet of paper is NOT all you need! You almost always have to take the next step... the Secretary of State. This is the most common mistake made by adoptive parents in the paperchase. Guatemala is one of the few countries that does not always require a State Seal on the Vital Record. Sometimes the PGN in Guatemala requires it, but sometimes not. Check with your agency first if you are adopting from Guatemala. If you are adopting from China, Vietnam, Ukraine and most of the other countries, you will need that State Seal!!!!! If you are adopting from Russia or Kazakhstan, you will need an Apostille.

When sending your request to the Secretary of State, ALWAYS mention which country you are adopting from on every request. Check to see if your adoptive country signed the Hague Convention of 1961 (Convention 12): http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.status&cid=41 If your country did NOT sign, you need a State Certification (sometimes just called a State Seal or State Authentication - every state calls it something different.) If your country DID sign the Hague Convention, you need an Apostille. Pay close attention to the date it goes into Force. Your country may have signed, but the Convention has not gone into force yet. That means until that date, you get the regular certification, not the Apostille.

Always include a daytime phone and always include a Prepaid Mailer with all your requests. For a sample request letter see: Secretary of State Cover Letter. This is a basic template. Please edit to fill your needs.

If you live in a state that requires county authentication of your documents, please be aware of the county in which your notary was registered. It may be different than the county you believe. Check with the notary! This will save you extra steps.

These addresses and phone numbers have been assembled from a variety of sources, but some information is VERY old. Please call the office to verify the information first, before you send your money. This could save you lots of time and frustration. This information is accurate to the best of my knowledge. If you find that some of this information is incorrect, please help us by sending corrections and updates to my address: laura@asststork.com

States:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Born Overseas to American Parents

Alabama
Alabama Center for Health Statistics  (updated 7/08)
Department of Public Health
PO Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
334-206-5418 or 334-206-2667
Fee: $12/doc, $4 for 2nd copy of same doc Check to "Department of Public Health" http://www.adph.org/vitalrecords/

DOCUMENTS OTHER THAN VITAL RECORDS MUST BE COUNTY AUTHENTICATED BEFORE GOING TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE - Here is the contact info for the County Clerks in Alabama
Secretary of State (updated 2/10) Alabama State House RSA Union Building 100 N. Union St., Ste. 770 Montgomery, AL 36104 334-242-5325 Fax: 334-353-8269
Fee: $5/doc, Check to "Alabama Secretary of State" http://www.sos.state.al.us/AdminServices/Authentications.aspx

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Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics (current 7/08) 5441 Commercial Blvd
Juneau, AK 99801 907-465-3391 or FAX: 907-465-3618 Fee: $20/doc+ $12 per form for International use (This includes the $2 for the State Seal) Money Order Only to "Bureau of Vital Statistics" http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/bvs/
Office of the Lieutenant Governor (updated 7/08) Authentications Department 240 Main Street, Suite 301 Juneau, Alaska 99801 907-465-3509 Fax: 907-465-5400 Fee: $5/doc, Check to "State of Alaska" notary@gov.state.ak.us http://ltgov.state.ak.us/notary/authentications.php

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Arizona Arizona Department of Health Services (updated 7/08)
Office of Vital Records
1818 West Adams
Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 364-1300 Fee: Certified copies of birth and death certificates are $15.00 each.  CERTIFIED CHECK OR MONEY ORDER to "Office of Vital Records" you must include xerox of picture ID http://www.azdhs.gov/vitalrcd - for application form and more info Marriage Certificates are issued by the Clerk of Court
Arizona Secretary of State (updated 1/11) Attn: Business Services, Notary Division 1700 W. Washington St 7th Floor Phoenix, AZ 85007-2888 602-542-6187 Fax: 602-542-1575
Fee: $3/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.azsos.gov/business_services/notary/Apostille.htm

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Arkansas Division of Vital Records (updated 7/08) Department of Health Slot 44 4815 West Markham Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501-661-2336 or 800-637-9314 Office open: 8AM-4:30PM Fee: $12/for 1st copy, $10 for each additional copy - Check to "Vital Records" http://www.healthyarkansas.com/certificates/certificates.html
Secretary of State (updated 12/10)
The Victory Bldg
1401 W Capitol Ave, Rm 250 Little Rock, AR 72201 Attn: Commercial 501-682-3409 or 888-233-0325
Fax: 501-682-3510
Fee: $5/Certification, $10/Apostille Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.sosweb.state.ar.us/

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California

California Department of Public Health (updated 7/08) MS 5103 1501 Capitol Avenue Sacramento, CA 95814 916-445-2684 (recording) Fee: $14/doc for birth certificate and $13/doc for marriage certificates Check to "Office of Vital Records" Birth Certificates can take 12 weeks Marriage Certificates can take SIX MONTHS Fax: 1-800-858-5553 http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/default.aspx

As of 7/99, California prefers you obtain your vital records from the county. - Here is contact info for all the County Clerks in California
Office of the Secretary of State (updated 1/11) Notary Public Division Office Address: 1500 11th St., Second Floor; Sacramento, CA 95814 Mailing address PO Box 942877; Sacramento, CA 94277-0001 916-653-6814 Fee: $20/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" If you come in person, you also pay $6 per different notary "expediting fee" http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/notary/authentication.htm

If you need a traveling notary in Sacramento, another adoptive Mom is available to help.
Her name is Jasmine and her email is: supergirljasmine@yahoo.com If you need a traveling notary in Sonoma County, CA, please contact
KIM ROJAS at klrojas@nww.net

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Colorado Vital Records Section (updated 7/08) Department of Health 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South HSVRD-VR-A1 Denver, CO 80246-1530 303-756-4464 Fee: $17.75 first copy/$10 for additional copies Check to "Vital Records Section" http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ Secretary of State (updated 8/09) Attention: Licensing Division 1700 Broadway, Suite 300 Denver, CO 80290 303-894-2200, ext 6409
Fee: $2/doc for Vital Records, $10/doc for notarized documents
Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.sos.state.co.us

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Connecticut CT Department of Public Health (updated 7/08) 410 Capitol Ave. MS #11VRS Hartford, CT 06134 860-509-7700 (Noon - 4PM) Fee: PLEASE CALL http://www.dph.state.ct.us/PB/HISR/Vital_Records.htm You have to order Birth Certificates from the town where the birth occured.
Secretary of the State (updated 10/11) Authentications and Apostilles 30 Trinity Street Hartford, CT 06106 860-509-6100 Fee: Check to "CT Secretary of the State" Regular documents are $40 each, but adoption paperwork is only $15 each http://www.sots.state.ct.us/

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Delaware Office of Vital Statistics (updated 7/08) Jesse Cooper Building 417 Federal Street Dover, DL 19901 302-744-4549/4556/4558/4700 Open: 8AM-4:15PM Fee: $10per doc Check to "Vital Statistics" http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ss/vitalstats.html
Secretary of State (updated 7/10) Division of Corporations 401 Federal Street Suite 4 Dover, DE 19901 Attn: Authentications 302-739-6479 Fee: $30 per document. Check to "Delaware Secretary of State" http://sos.delaware.gov/default.shtml

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District of Columbia Vital Records Office (updated 7/08) 825 N. Capitol Street, NE 1st Floor Washington, DC 20002 202-442-9303 8:30AM - 3:30PM Fee: $23 for form needed for adoption (long form) Check to "DC Treasurer" http://doh.dc.gov/doh/site/default.asp
Marriage Certificates (current 7/08) District of Columbia Superior Court Marriage Bureau 500 Indiana Avenue, NW Room 4485 Washington, DC 20001 (202) 879-4840 and press "0" for a Deputy Clerk Mondays-Fridays: 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m. Fee: the triple seal certificate fee is $20 (used for adoptions and foreign jurisdictions), plus $10 for a copy
Money Order payable to "Clerk, D.C. Superior Court" http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/family/marriage.jsp

Notary Commissions and Authentications Section (updated 6/12) Office Address: One Judiciary Square; 441 4th Street, NW, Room 810-S; Washington, DC 20001 Open 9AM - 1PM Mailing Address: Office of the Secretary; Executive Office of the Mayor; John A. Wilson Building;1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 419; Washington, DC 20004 Fee: $15/doc, Check to "DC Treasurer"
202-727-3117 http://os.dc.gov/service/document-authentication

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Florida Vital Statistics (updated 12/10) 1217 N. Pearl St. Jacksonville, FL 32202 904-359-6932 or 6934 904-359-6900 for recording ext 1029 Office Hours: 8AM-5PM Fee: birth certificates are $9 for 1st copy, $4 each additional
Marriage & Divorce $5
for the 1st copy(takes 2-3 wks), $4 each additional Rush service: add $10 Make the check to "Office of Vital Statistics" http://www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics/ If you'd like another Mommy to pick up your Vital Records in ONE day,
contact Stephanie Taylor at LCSWSteph@yahoo.com

NOTE: Florida requires you to get birth records from Vital Records or they will NOT State Seal them

Department of State (current 01/11) Division of Corporations Notary and Apostille Certification Office Address: 2661 Executive Center, Circle West; Tallahassee, FL 32301 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6800; Tallahassee, FL 32314 850-245-6945 or 6975 Fee: $10/doc for State Sealed certificate, Apostilled docs only cost $20 for marriage/divorce/death decrees that are obtained from
the Circuit Court level.  The reason is that the SOS must first certify the Clerk of Circuit Court
and then issue the Apostille for the Clerk of Circuit Court. 
Marriage, divorce, and death decrees obtained from the FL Vital Statistics office
are still only $10 for Apostilles.  Money Order, Cashier's Check or Personal Check to "Florida Department of State" http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/notproc7.html Florida Secy of State Branches will no longer do certification after 1/1/06. All docs must go to Tallahassee. Bummer.
If you would you like an Adoptive Mommy to State Seal your documents,
contact Karen Rubin @ karenaviva@hotmail.com or http://www.tallydocs.com

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Georgia Vital Records Unit (current 7/08) 2600 Skyland Drive, NE Atlanta, GA 30319-3640 Phone: 404-679-4701 or 2 Fax: 404-524-4278
phvitalrecords@gdph.state.ga.us Office Hours: 8AM-4:45PM Fee: $10/1st copy, $5/each additional cy of same doc MONEY ORDER or CASHIER'S CHECK to "Vital Records Service"
http://health.state.ga.us/programs/vitalrecords/
Divorce certificates are available from the County, not Vital Records
DOCUMENTS OTHER THAN VITAL RECORDS MUST BE COUNTY AUTHENTICATED BEFORE GOING TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE - Here is a list of the County Clerks in Georgia
FOR STATE SEALS: (updated 2/12) Secretary of State Elections Division 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, SE Suite 802, Floyd West Tower Atlanta, GA 30334 404-657-5374 http://www.sos.state.ga.us/elections/commissions/default.htm
Fee: $10/doc, Check to "Secretary of State"
FOR APOSTILLES: (for countries which signed the Hague agreement) (current 7/08) Notary Division 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30345 404-327-6023 800-304-5175 http://www.gsccca.org/Projects/apost.asp Fee: $3/apostille, check or money order to "GSCCCA" Apostilled documents do not need County Seals, but State Sealed still do.

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Guam Office of Vital Statistics (updated 4/10) Dept of Public Health and Social Services Government of Guam 123 Chalan Kareta, Rm. 109 Mangilao, Guam 96913 (671) 735-7292 or (671) 735-7263 Fax (671) 734-5910 Fee: $5 for Birth or Death Certificates $10 for Marriage Certificates Money Order or Cashier's Check only to "Treasurer of Guam" http://www.dphss.guam.gov/ or http://www.govguamdocs.com/dphss/docs/VitalStatistics/DPHSS_ApplicationForCertificate0309.pdf Lt. Governor Authentication Office (updated 7/08) ATTN:Helen RJB Complex - Box 2950 Hagatna, Guam 96932 671-472-8931 Fee: -0- NOTHING, Free! http://www.guamltgovernor.org/
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Hawaii Vital Records Section (updated 7/08) State Department of Health PO Box 3378 Honolulu, HI 96801 808-586-4533 Fee: $10/1st doc, $4/additional copies, Check to "Hawaii State Department of Health" email at: vr-info@doh.hawaii.gov http://www.hawaii.gov/doh All documents except those that are to be APOSTILLED, must go to the Circuit Court before going to the Lieutenant Governor's office: In Hawaii, Dr. Alvin Onaka is the official State Registrar, and when you order a birth or marriage certificate, there must be a "certification letter" attatched from him. If you include a check or money order made out to the Chief Clerk First Circuit Court, they will forward the document for you. If you include another check or money order made out to The Office of the Lieutenant Governor, they will forward it on for you as well. It is best if you include express mailers for everyone, and include a letter asking them to forward it for you. Circuit Court of the First Circuit (current 7/08) Legal Documents Section 777 Punchbowl Street Honolulu, HI 96813 Attn: Elsie 808-539-4301 Fee: $3/doc Company Check or Money Order to "Chief Clerk First Circuit Court" http://www.courts.state.hi.us/page_server/GenInfo/Contact/1315C15E545F2834E9A82B5A46.html Office of the Lieutenant Governor (updated 12/10) State Capitol, 5th Floor 415 South Beretania St Honolulu, HI 96813 Phone: 808-586-0255 Fax: 808-586-0231 Fee: $1/doc, Check to "Office of the Lieutenant Governor" http://hawaii.gov/ltgov/ Back to The List of States
Idaho Vital Statistics Unit (updated 7/08) Department of Health and Welfare 450 West State Street Statehouse Mail Boise, ID 83720-9990 208-334-5988 Fee: $13/doc, $5/doc for rush service, Check to "Vital Records" http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/ Secretary of State (updated 8/12) 450 4th Street Boise ID 83702 208-332-2810 Fax: 208-334-2282 Fee: $10/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.sos.idaho.gov/
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Illinois Division of Vital Records (current 7/08) Department of Public Health 605 West Jefferson Street Springfield, IL 62702-5097 217-782-6553 Hours: 8AM-4PM Fee:$15 for 1st cy, $2 each additional copy check to "Illinois Department of Public Health" http://www.idph.state.il.us/ Illinois Secretary of State (updated 5/12)
Index Department 111 E. Monroe Springfield, IL 62756 217-782-7017 Fax : 217-524-0930 Fee: $2/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/notary/home.html Secretary of State - Chicago Branch (current 7/08) (walk - in only!) 17 N. State Street, Suite 1030 Chicago, IL 60602 312-793-2556 (main office) 312-814-2067 (certifications) Hours: 8:00AM -3:30PM Fee: $2/doc, Check to "Secretary of State"
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Indiana Indiana State Dept of Health (updated 7/08) Office of Dept of Vital Records 6 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-233-2700 (Recording) fee: $10 for 1st cy/$4 for each additional, check to "Indiana State Dept of Health" http://www.in.gov/isdh/20444.htm
NOTE: Indiana requires you to get birth records from Vital Records or they will NOT State Seal them Marriage certificates are available from the County Clerk in the county where the marriage license was obtained.
Indiana Secretary of State (current 07/08) Authentication Department
302 W. Washington Street
Room E-018
Indianapolis, IN 46204 317-232-2677 Fee: $0 per document - FREE! http://www.in.gov/sos/business/apostille/ (check your notary's info)

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Iowa Vital Records Section (updated 7/08) Department of Public Health Lucas Office Building 321 East 12 Street Des Moines, IA 50319 515-281-5871 Fee: $15/doc, Check to "Iowa Department of Public Health" http://www.idph.state.ia.us/apl/health_statistics.asp NOTE: Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the Main Office in Des Moines, NOT at the County Clerk's office. This way, they can walk your record over to the Secretary of State's office for the State Seal Secretary of State (current 7/08) Corporate Division Lucas Building, 1st Floor 321 E 12th Street Des Moines, IA 50319 515-281-5204 Fax: 515-242-6556 Fee: $5/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.sos.state.ia.us/ Don't send original documents - send either photo copy of notary public's sig/stamp and/or vital records/county clerk's sig/stamp or a list of notary public/vital records/county clerk's names and commission
numbers (listed on stamp). You also need to tell them the date the documents
were notarized.They will send you the state certification forms to attach to the originals.

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Kansas KDHE Office of Vital Statistics (updated 7/08) 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 120 Topeka, KS 66612 785-296-1500 785-296-3253 Fax: 785-368-6368 info@kdhe.state.ks.us Fee: $12.00 per document, $7 for each additional, Check to "Kansas Vital Statistics" http://www.kdhe.state.ks.us/vital/
Secretary of State (current 7/11) 1st Floor Memorial Hall 120 SW 10th Avenue Topeka, KS 66612-1594 Attn: Georgia Lott 785-296-4564 Fax: 785-291-3051 Fee: $7.50/doc, Check to "Secretary of State"
http://www.kssos.org/business/notary_public/certifications.html

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Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics (current 7/08) Department for Health Services 275 East Main Street, 1E-A Frankfort, KY 40621 502-564-4212 Fee: Birth $10/doc, Marriage, Death and Divorce Certificates $6/doc Check to "Kentucky State Treasurer" http://chfs.ky.gov/
DOCUMENTS OTHER THAN VITAL RECORDS MUST BE COUNTY AUTHENTICATED BEFORE GOING TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Secretary of State (updated 8/11) Apostilles Branch 700 Capitol Avenue, Rm 156 Frankfort, KY 40601 502-564-7330 Fee: $5/doc, Check to "KY State Treasurer" http://sos.ky.gov/

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Louisiana Vital Records Registry (updated 7/08) Office of Public Health Office Address: 325 Loyola Avenue, Room 102; New Orleans, LA 70112 Mailing Address: PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160-0630 800-454-9570 or 504-219-4500
Fax: 504-219-4478 Long Form Birth Certificate $15.50 for first $15.00 for each after,
Marriage Certificate $5.50 for first, $5.00 for each after. http://www.oph.dhh.state.la.us/recordsstatistics/vitalrecords/
LA Secretary of State (updated 7/08) Commissions Department 8585 Archives Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225-922-0330 Fax: 225-922-0945 Fee: $10/doc for adoptions, $20/doc for business, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/134/Default.aspx Back to The List of States

Maine Office of Vital Records (updated 7/08) 11 State House Station 244 Water Street Augusta, ME 04333 207-287-3181 Fee: $15/doc first copy, $6 for each additional copy, Check to "Treasurer of the State of Maine" http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/bohodr/recorder.htm Department of Secretary of State (updated 07/08) Notary Public Division 111 Sewall Street, 4th Floor Augusta, ME 04330 207-624-7736 Fee: $10/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/notary/apostilles.html

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Maryland Division of Vital Records (updated 3/12) 6550 Reisterstown Road Reisterstown Road Plaza Baltimore, MD 21215 410-764-3038 or 800-832-3277 Fee: $24/doc, Check to "Division of Vital Records" http://dhmh.maryland.gov Maryland Marriage Records can be obtained from the Maryland Archives: 410-260-6400 or 410-222-1397 http://www.msa.md.gov/ email: ref@mdsa.net
DOCUMENTS OTHER THAN VITAL RECORDS MUST BE COUNTY AUTHENTICATED BEFORE GOING TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE Here's the Link to all the Circuit Courts in MD
Secretary of State (updated 6/10) 16 Francis Street Jeffrey Building, 1st Floor Annapolis, MD 21401 Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm 410-974-5521 ext 0 Fee: $5/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.sos.state.md.us/Certifications/Certifications.aspx

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Massachusetts Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (current 7/08) 150 Mt. Vernon Street, 1st floor Dorchester, MA 02125-3105 617-740-2600 Fee: $18/doc in person, $28/doc via mail
$37/doc for 2 week processing, Check to "Commonwealth of MA"
$44/ doc if using a credit card http://www.mass.gov/dph/bhsre/rvr/feeincrease.htm
Secretary of the Commonwealth (current 10/11) Commissions Office One Ashburton Place Room 1719 Boston, MA 02108 617-727-2836 Fee: $6/doc, Check to "Commonwealth of MA" http://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/precom/comidx.htm

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Michigan Michigan Vital Records (current 1/12) 201 Townsend Street
Capitol View Building, 3rd Floor Lansing, MI 48913 517-335-8656/8666 Fee: $26 for the first copy, $12 for extra copies
$10 each for RUSH Turnaround time is usually 5 weeks. RUSH is 3 weeks. Check to "State of Michigan" http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-4645_4702---,00.html

Michigan Department of State: (current 1/12) Office of the Great Seal 7064 Crowner Blvd. Lansing, MI 48918 517-373-2531 You must include a prepaid envelope, showing yourself as the sender, to use this service Turnaround time is 1-2 weeks Fee: $1/doc, Check to "State of Michigan" http://www.michigan.gov/sos

If you would you like an Adoptive Daddy to notarize your documents or State Seal them,
call traveling notary James Nelson @ 734-320-4795 or james.nelson6@att.net If you would you like an Adoptive Mommy to notarize your documents or State Seal them, call traveling notary
Theresa Light @ 734-732-6238 or tlight110@comcast.net

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Minnesota Minnesota Department of Health (updated 7/08) Attention: Office of the State Registrar/ Birth Certificates
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0882 651-201-5970 Fee: $16/doc Check to "Minnesota Department of Health" $5 extra handling fee for charge card http://www.health.state.mn.us MN Secretary of State - Certification (current 1/11) Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building 60 Empire Dr, Suite 100 St. Paul, MN 55103-2141 651-296-2803 or 877-551-6767 Fax: 651-297-5844 Fee: $5/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.sos.state.mn.us/

Would you like an Adoptive Mommy to hand-carry your documents through the Minnesota Secretary of State?
Contact Terry at 612-210-3423.

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Mississippi Mississippi Vital Records (updated 7/08) 571 Stadium Dr. PO Box 1700 Jackson, MS 39215 (601) 576-7960 Fax: (601) 576-7505 Fee: $15 for the 1st copy, $5 each additional http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/phs/index.htm
Secretary of State (updated 7/08) ATTN: Authentications 700 North Street Jackson, MS 39202 Toll Free: 800.256.3494 601.359.1615 Fax: 601.359.1607 Fee: $2/doc, check to "Secretary of State" http://www.sos.state.ms.us/

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Missouri Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (updated 7/08)
Bureau of Vital Records
430 Wildwood
PO Box 570 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-751-6387 573-751-6400 will give a recorded message Fee: $15/doc for birth or marriage certificates
Make check to " Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services"
http://www.dhss.mo.gov/BirthAndDeathRecords/index.html You get your marriage certificate from the Recorder of Deeds in the county where the license was issued.
Secretary of State (updated 7/11) Commission Division
600 W. Main, Room 322
Jefferson City, MO 65101 573-751-2336 Fee: $10/doc, Check to "State Director of Revenue" http://www.sos.mo.gov/business/commissions/certify.asp

Missouri requires a cover letter stating complete name and address, the country the
family is adopting from, gender of child adopting (if known) and number of children adopting.
The cost is $10 per document, but each family only has to pay a maximum of $100 - after that,
verifications are free.

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Montana Office of Vital Records (updated 7/08)
Department of Public Health and Human Services
111 North Sanders, Room 209 Helena, MT 59604 406-444-4228 Fee: $12/birth certificate for 1st copy, $5 each additional copy http://www.dphhs.state.mt.us or http://virtual.state.mt.us/dph_l2.htm

Secretary of State (updated 5/11) Notary Division
1236 6th Avenue Helena, MT 59620 406-444-1877 Fax: 406-444-4263 Fee: $10/doc http://sos.mt.gov/notary/Certifications/index.asp

Montana requires that you use their form: http://sos.mt.gov/notary/assets/forms/Certification_Request.pdf

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Nebraska
Vital Records/Records Management (updated 7/08) Health and Human Services System 301 Centennial Mall South Lincoln, NE 68509 402-471-2871 Fee: $12 for birth certificates, $11 for marriage, death or divorce decrees
Email : Vitalrecords@dhhs.ne.gov
http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/ced/cedindex.htm

NE Secretary of State  (updated 7/08) Notary Division
State Capitol Building, Room 1301
1445 K Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-471-2558
Fax: 402-471-4429
Fee: $10/doc, check to "Secretary of State"
http://www.sos.state.ne.us/business/notary/not_auth.html

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Nevada Office of Vital Records and Statistics (updated 7/08) 4150 Technology Way, Suite 104 Carson City, NV 89706 775-684-4242 Fax: 775-684-4156 Fee: $13 per birth certificate, $10 per marriage certificate http://health2k.state.nv.us/forms/formindex.htm Secretary of State (current 12/10) 101 N. Carson St., Suite 3 Carson City, NV 89701 775-684-5708 Fax: 775-684-5725 Fee: $20/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" Turnaround time is 5-10 days! I've been told if you show up in person, they'll expedite your dossier within 4 hours for an extra $125 http://www.sos.state.nv.us/ You must also use their form: http://www.sos.state.nv.us/business/apostille/pdf/ApostilleOrderForm.pdf

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New Hampshire
NH Department of State (updated 5/12)
Division of Vital Records Administration
Registration/Certification
71 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301-2410
603-271-4654
Fee: $15/doc, 1st copy; $10/doc for each additional copy
check to "New Hampshire Vital Records"
http://www.sos.nh.gov/vitalrecords/ELIGIBILITY.html

In your cover letter to Vital Records, let them know you are adopting
internationally. They will need to notarize your Vital Record in order
for the Secretary of State to put their seal on it.

New Hampshire Dept. of State (current 5/12)
107 N. Main St.
Concord, NH 03301
603-271-3242
Fee: $10/doc, check made payable to "State of New Hampshire"
http://www.sos.nh.gov/certific.htm

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New Jersey 
NJ Department of Health & Senior Services (updated 07/08)
Bureau of Vital Statistics
140 East Front Street
Trenton, NJ 08625 609-292-4087 FAX: 609-392-4292 Fee: $25/each doc BE SURE TO TELL THEM YOU NEED THE LONG FORM http://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/vital.html
NOTE: New Jersey requires you to get marriage and birth records from Vital Records or they will NOT State Seal them
Secretary of State of New Jersey (updated 12/10) Division of Revenue
Attn: Notary Unit
33 West State Street, 5th Floor Trenton, NJ 08608-1001 Hours: 8:30AM-4:45 PM For questions about NJ notarizations: 1-609-633-8258/9
Instead of the usual $25 per document, the fee is now $5 per document for adoption.   The turnaround time is anywhere from 3-7 business days. Instead of the usual $40 per document for expedited service, the fee is now $20 per document for adoption.  The turnaround time is 8 1/2 business hours, if you use a courier. 3 business days if you use FedEx. Check to "The Treasurer, State of New Jersey" http://www.nj.gov/treasury/revenue/dcr/programs/apostilles.htm

Back to The List of States New Mexico New Mexico Vital Records and Health Statistics (current 8/08) 1105 St. Francis Drive Santa Fe, NM 87502 505-827-0121 Fee: $10/doc, check to "New Mexico Vital Records" http://dohewbs2.health.state.nm.us/VitalRec Marriage Records are to be ordered from the County Clerks New Mexico Secretary of State (updated 2/11) 325 Don Gaspar Avenue, Suite 300 Santa Fe, NM 87503 800-477-3632 505-827-3600 Fax: 505-827-3634 Fee: $3/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" All orders processed within 24 hours http://www.sos.state.nm.us/  Back to The List of States New York Vital Records Section (updated 8/08) NY Department of Health Attn: Certification Unit 800 N. Pearl Street Manands, NY 12204 518-474-3075 http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/consumer/vr.htm Fee: $30/doc for regular (6-8 weeks) processing or $45 each for RUSH (2-3 week) processing check to "NY State Department of Health" - or - For New York City: (updated 8/08) Bureau of Vital Records Department of Health of New York City 125 Worth Street, CN 4, Room 133 New York, NY 10013 212-788-4521, 4522 and 4523 Fax: 1-800-908-9146 Fee: $15 per Birth Certificate per certified copy Money Order to "New York City Department of Health" Ask For "Vault Copy Long Form with Letter of Exemplification" Website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/home/home.shtml Marriage Certificates (updated 8/08) All marriage certificates, except for the 5 NYC boroughs, are available through NY State Vital Records Office. All marriage certificates for any of the 5 NYC boroughs are available through the NYC Clerk's Office:  City Clerk's Office Municipal Building 1 Centre Street, Room 252 New York, NY 10007 (212) 669-2400 or (212) 669-8090 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM 6 weeks service by mail, Same day service in person Website:http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/home/home.shtml MONEY ORDER ONLY to "The City Clerk of NY" Fee: $35 per certified copy for 1st copy, $30 for each additional copy
Ask For "Long Form Copy with Live Signature" for use for foreign adoption. If you would like expedited service for NYC vital records or for document certification or authentication in NYC, please contact Ms. Patti Urban and Mr. Chris Moore at http://www.Legal-Eaze.com.  E-mail them for info at NYOffice@Legal-Eaze.com.    NOTARIZED DOCUMENTS AND NY CITY VITAL RECORDS MUST BE COUNTY AUTHENTICATED BEFORE GOING TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. Here is a List of all the County Clerks in New York Secretary of State (current 8/08) Certification Unit 123 William Street, 19th Floor New York, NY 10038 212-417-5684 Fee: $10/doc, check or MONEY ORDER to "Secretary of State" Note: All NY documents can be processed through the NYC SOS office. -or- Miscellaneous Records (updated 1/09) Department of State One Commerce Plaza 99 Washington Ave, 6th Floor Albany, NY 12231 518-474-8642 Fee: $10/doc, check or MONEY ORDER to "Secretary of State" http://www.dos.state.ny.us/corp/apostile.htm
 Back to The List of States North Carolina Vital Records Section (updated 9/08) 1903 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1903 919-733-3526/3000 Fee: $15/1st copy, $5/each addt'l http://vitalrecords.dhhs.state.nc.us/ Note: Notarized Documents must have embossed seal with County and State on seal - some notaries have incorrect seal NC Secretary of State (current 12/10) Authentication Division 2 S. Salisbury Street 1st Floor - ORB Raleigh, NC 27601-2903 919-807-2140 or 919-807-2131 Fee $10/doc, check to "Secretary of State" authen@sosnc.com http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/authen/ Back to The List of States North Dakota Division of Vital Records (current 5/11) State Capitol 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept 301 Bismarck, ND 58505 701-328-2360 Fax: 701-328-1850 Fee: Birth Cert: $7 for 1st cy, $4 for additional cys of same record Marriage Cert: $5 for 1st cy, $2 for additional cys of same record Check to "Vital Records" vitalrec@nd.gov http://ndhealth.gov/vital/ Secretary of State (updated 9/08) 600 E. Blvd Ave, Dept 108 Bismarck, ND 58505-0500 701-328-2900 Fax: 701-328-1690 Fee: $10/document, check to "Secretary of State" http://www.nd.gov/sos/ Back to The List of States Ohio
Division of Vital Statistics (updated 9/08) Department of Health 225 Neilston Street Columbus, OH 43215-0098 614-466-2531 Fee: $16.50/doc http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/vitalstats.aspx Note: You can also get a certified copy from your county health dept DOCUMENTS OTHER THAN VITAL RECORDS MUST BE COUNTY AUTHENTICATED BEFORE GOING TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE UNLESS THEY WERE NOTARIZED BY AN ATTORNEY . Here is a list of the County Clerks in Ohio
Secretary of State (updated 2/12)
180 East Broad Street, Suite 103    
Columbus, OH  43215  
Phone: 614-728-9200           
Fee: $5/doc, Check to "Ohio Secretary of State"      
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/
If you would like a courier to take your documents in to the OH Sec of State contact Pam Hook at PamBR3@aol.com or Darlene Watkins at dd_watkins1@msn.com Darlene is also a traveling notary.

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Oklahoma BIRTH RECORDS: Vital Records Service (updated 9/08) Oklahoma Department of Health 1000 NE 10th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73117 405-271-4040 $15/doc, CHECK OR MONEY ORDER to "Vital Records Service" AskVR@health.ok.gov http://www.health.state.ok.us

MARRIAGE & DIVORCE CERTIFICATES: Oklahoma County Official Contact Information
Oklahoma Secretary of State (updated 1/10) Certifications Office State Capital Building 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 101 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 405-521-3911 $20/doc for State Seals for Non-Hague country use $10/doc for Apostilles for Adoption in Hague countries $25/doc for Apostilles for any use other than adoption, CASHIERS CHECK OR MONEY ORDER to "Secretary of State" http://www.sos.state.ok.us

 Back to The List of States Oregon Oregon Vital Records (updated 10/08) Office address: 800 NE Oregon St. #205 Portland OR 97232 Mailing address: PO Box 14050 Portland OR 97293 971-673-1190 Fax: (503) 234-8417 $20/1st doc, $15/ea. addt'l. Expedite with Cred Card, next day, addt'l $32.50 Make Cashiers check out to Oregon Health Division http://www.dhs.state.or.us/publichealth/chs/certif/certfaqs.cfm Secretary of State (updated 10/08) Corporation Division, Notary Public Section 255 Capitol St, NE; Suite 151 Salem, OR 97310-1327 503-986-2593 Fee: $10/doc e-mail: oregon.notary@state.or.us
http://www.filinginoregon.com/notary/howtoauth.htm
 Back to The List of States Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records (updated 10/08) Department of Health Central Building 101 South Mercer Street, Room 401 PO Box 1528 New Castle, PA 16101 724-656-3100 or 724-656-3143 Fee: $10 per document, check to "Vital Records" Normal processing time - 6 weeks from date check is cashed http://www.health.state.pa.us PA child abuse clearances and criminal checks forms: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us Department of State (updated 10/08) 210 North Office Bldg. Harrisburg, PA 17120 717-787-5280 Fee: $15/doc, Check to "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" Pennsylvania will not accept raised notary seals - all notaries
must notarize using a rubber stamp (it's okay to use both, but not raised seals only). http://www.dos.state.pa.us/dos/site/default.asp

If you would like a courier to take your documents in to the PA Sec of State contact Pat Steele at acornacres@pa.net or http://paperchasing4u.tripod.com/courier  Back to The List of States Puerto Rico Demographic Registry (updated 10/08) Department of Health Puerto Rico PO Box 11854 Fernandez Juncos Station San Juan, PR 00910 787-767-9120 Fee: $5 per copy of Birth, Death, Marriage or Divorce certificate
Money order should be made payable to "Secretary of the Treasury." Personal checks are not accepted. All applications must be accompanied by a photocopy of an of a recent, valid IDENTIFICATION OF APPLICANT.
http://www.salud.gov.pr/
Puerto Rico Department of State (updated 10/08)
Certifications and Regulations Division
PO Box 9023271
San Juan, PR 00902-3271 Attn: Elba Torres
787-722-2121 787-725-7303 Fee: $3/doc, MONEY ORDER ONLY to "Secretary of the Treasury Department" http://www.estado.gobierno.pr/ http://www.estado.gobierno.pr/correo.htm When sending documents by UPS, must delete P.O. Box and add: "San Francisco and corner w/San Jose St."

 Back to The List of States Rhode Island Division of Vital Records (updated 10/08) Department of Health 3 Capitol Hill, Room 101 Providence, RI 02908-5097 401-222-2812 Office open: 8:30AM-4:00PM Fee: $20/doc, $15/additional copies (takes 4-6 weeks) RUSH: $27/doc (takes about 2 weeks) Check to "Rhode Island General Treasurer" http://www.health.state.ri.us/chic/vital/index.php Secretary of State (updated 10/08) Attn: Notary Division 148 W. River Street Providence, RI 02904-2615 401-222-1487 401-222-3040 Fee: $5/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.state.ri.us/ Back to The List of States South Carolina SC DHEC, Office of Vital Records (updated 10/08) 2600 Bull Street Columbia, SC 29201 803-898-3630 or 3631 Fee: $12/doc, $3 each additional copy. (2-4 weeks processing) Check to "Vital Records" Expedited Service: $5/document (3-5 business days) http://www.scdhec.net/administration/vr/
Secretary of State (updated 10/08) Edgar Brown Building 1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29205 803-734-2512 or 2119 Fee: $2/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.scsos.com/

Back to The List of States South Dakota Vital Records (updated 10/08) South Dakota Department of Health 600 East Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501-2536 605-773-3361 Fee: $10/doc, Check to "South Dakota Department of Health" http://doh.sd.gov/ Secretary of State (updated 01/12) Attn: Notary Division 500 East Capitol Street, Suite 204 Pierre, SD 57501 605-773-5007 Fax: 605-773-3539 Fee: $5/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.sdsos.gov
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DOCUMENTS OTHER THAN VITAL RECORDS MUST BE COUNTY AUTHENTICATED BEFORE GOING TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE - Here is a list of the County Clerks in Tennessee (look under Tennessee County Home Pages)
Secretary of State (updated 01/12) Attn: ATS Unit 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue Sixth Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tower Nashville, TN 37243 615-741-0536 Fax: 615-741-7310 Fee: $2/doc, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.state.tn.us/sos/


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Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics (updated 10/08) Department of Health
1100 West 49th Street Austin, TX 78756 512-458-7111 or 888-963-7111 Fee: $22/birth certificate, check to "Bureau of Vital Statistics" http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/VS/ NOTE: Texas requires you to get birth certificates from Vital Records or they will NOT State Seal them Marriage records are obtained from the County Clerk
Secretary of State (updated 01/12) Authentications Unit 1019 Brazos, Room B-13 Austin, Texas 78701 512-463-5705 Fee: For Adoption Only: $10/doc, maximum amount $100 per child. Check to "Secretary of State"
Form 2103 must be completed and submitted by family. http://www.sos.state.tx.us All other documents documents are $15 each.

Texas no longer allows adoption agencies to send requests for certifications or apostilles. Requests and payments must come directly from the adopting parents.
If you would like a courier to take your documents in to the TX Sec of State contact Alexa Hinda at alexa@paperchasing.com
or http://paperchasing.com/
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Utah Office of Vital Records (updated 8/09) Department of Health Martha Hughes Cannon Health Building; 288 North 1460 West Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-538-6105, 6380, 6843 Fee: births are $18.00
additional copies are $8.00
deaths are $16.00
marriage and divorce abstracts are $16.00 Email Address: vrequest@utah.gov
http://health.utah.gov/vitalrecords/
Utah Authentication Office (updated 3/12) Utah State Capitol Suite 220 SLC, UT 84114 attn: Spencer 801-538-1041 Fax: 801-538-1165 Fee: $15 per document (3-5 business days) $40 per document (next business day) $65 per document (same day service) Checks to "STATE OF UTAH" http://www.authentications.utah.gov/
 

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Vermont Vital Records Section (updated 10/08) Department of Health Box 70 80 Main Street Burlington, VT 05402 802-863-7275 Fee: $10/document, check to "Vermont Department of Health" EMAIL: bgs-referenceandresearch@state.vt.us http://healthvermont.gov/research/records/vital_records.aspx For Vermont, if the marriage or birth certificates are dated before 5 years they are archived. You would have to call a different number to get copies: Vermont State Archives (updated 10/08) & Records Administration 1078 US Route 2, Middlesex Montpelier. VT 05633-7701 802-828-3286 Fax: 802-828-3710 Fee: $10/document http://vermont-archives.org/research/vitals/ Office of the Secretary of State (updated 2/10) 1078 US Route 2 - Middlesex Montpelier, VT 05633-7701 Attn: Kathy Watters (802) 828-3287 Fee: $2/doc EMAIL: kwatters@sec.state.vt.us http://vermont-archives.org/notary/guide/Notary5.htm Back to The List of States
Virginia VDH, Office of Vital Records and Health Statistics (updated 10/08)
Office Address:
2001 Maywill Street; Richmond, VA 23230 Mailing Address: PO Box 1000; Richmond, VA 23218-1000 804-662-6200 Fee: $12/doc Check to "State Health Department" http://www.vdh.state.va.us/
If you get your marriage certificate from the County Clerk instead of the Vital Records office,
you must have the record triple sealed - two seals from the Clerk of the Court, and one seal
from the Judge of the Circuit Court - attached to your marriage certificate before you send it to
the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
Secretary of the Commonwealth (updated 10/08) 1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219 804-786-2441 Fee: $10/doc, Check to "Secretary of the Commonwealth" http://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/
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Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health (updated 10/08) Vital Statistics Knud Hansen Complex Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, VI 00802 340-774-9000 ext. 4685 or 4686 Fee: $15/birth certificate, money order to "Department of Health" Clerk of the Territorial Court (updated 10/08) Family Division P.O. Box 70 Veterans Drive St. Thomas, VI 00804 340-774-6680 Fee: $10/doc U.S. Virgin Islands (updated 10/08) Office of the Lieutenant Governor Attn: Anna Lewis 1131 King Street Suite 101 Christiansted St. Croix, VI 00820 340.773.6459 ext 3104
Fax: 340-774-6593 Fee: $25.00/doc money order or check http://www.gov.vi/ -or-
Office of the Lieutenant Governor (updated 09/11) Ms. Kyshma Clarke 18 Kongens Gade Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas VI. 00802 340-774-2991 $25.00 Fee per document
- Money Order or check made payable to "Government of the Virgin Islands" http://ltg.gov.vi/
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Washington Center for Health Statistics (updated 9/08) Department of Health 101 Israel Road SE Tumwater, WA 98501 (360)236-4300 Fee: $20/doc Check to "Department of Health
http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/cert.htm Office of the Secretary of State (updated 01/12) Secretary of State Office Corporation Division-Apostille and Certificate Program 801 Capitol Way South   P.O. Box 40228 Olympia, WA 98504-0228 Telephone: (360) 725-0344 or (360) 725-0345 Fax: (360) 664-8781 email: apostilles@secstate.wa.gov Fee: $15/doc, Check to "Office of the Secretary of State"
http://www.secstate.wa.gov/corps/apostilles/
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West Virginia Vital Registration Office (updated 01/09) Room 165 350 Capitol Street Charleston, WV 25301 304-558-2931 Fax: 304-558-8001 fee: $12/doc for birth & marriage certificates after 1964 http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/oehp/hsc/vr/birtcert.htm West Virginia Secretary Of State (updated 5/09) Building 1, Suite 157K 1900 Kanawha Blvd.E
Charleston, WV 25305 Attn: Sharon Huffman 304.558.6000 fee: $10 per doc/$5 for each additional doc w/same notary Mail to: Shuffman@wvsos.com http://www.wvsos.com/execrecords/other/authentication.htm
Back to The List of States Wisconsin Vital Records (updated 10/08) 1 West Wilson Street, Room 158 Madison, WI 53702 608-266-1374 Fee: Birth Cert= $20/1st cy, $3 each addt'l Marriage Cert=$20/1st cy, $3 each addt'l http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/vitalrecords/ Secretary of State (updated 10/08) Certification Desk 30 W Mifflin St; 10th Floor Madison, WI 53703 Phone: 608-266-5503 FAX: 608-267-6813 FAX Contact: 608-266-1437 Fee: $10/doc for regular service, $35 per doc for expedited, Check to "Secretary of State" http://www.sos.state.wi.us/apostilles.htm Check with the Secretary of State, I have been informed they prefer you fill out a "certificate request form" without sending in the original document   Back to The List of States Wyoming Wyoming Vital Statistics Service (updated 10/08) 2300 Capitol Avenue Cheyenne, WY 82002 307-777-7591 Fee: $13/doc, Cashier's Check or Money Order only For faster service and for the small fee of $33.50, you can fax all the pertinent info. Call: 307-635-4103 http://wdhfs.state.wy.us/ Wyoming Secretary of State (updated 10/08) The Capitol Building
200 West 24th Street Cheyenne, WY 82002 Phone: 307-777-5860 Fax: 307-777-7640 TTY: 307-777-5351 Fee: $3/doc Email: agreen1@state.wy.us http://soswy.state.wy.us/AdminServices/AuthenticationOverview.aspx
Back to The List of States Born Overseas to American Parents Vital Records Section - Passport Office (updated 05/11) 1111 19th Street Suite 510 Washington, DC 20522-1705 202-955-0307 Fee: $50/each Make check or money order out to: "Department of State" You can find instructions on line at: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_825.html The birth certificate you need for adoption is called a "DS-1350." As of January 2011, the State Department
will no longer issue a DS-1350. They now issue a new and improved FS-240. As of 5/3/11, the Chinese Embassy
will finally accept the new FS-240s. WARNING! They take 4-8 weeks to process your request!
Once you get it, unless you are using this in a country that signed the Hague Agreement of 1961,
it is ready to go to the Embassy. You do not need a State Seal or Federal Seal on this document.
If you are using this in a country that requires Apostilles (like Russia or Kazakhstan) ask the
Passport Office to Apostille the FS-240 when you order it

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