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There is no timeline for claiming funds — unclaimed funds are held until the rightful owner or an heir claims them.
Documentation ensures the money is being returned to its rightful owner. Some claims require only a few documents, such as something that shows you once lived at the address on file. Other, more complex claims require additional documentation.
After you complete and submit a claim form, the Division of Unclaimed Funds will notify you if additional documentation is needed. Learn more about making a claim.
The Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, houses birth and adoption records of persons born in Ohio and adopted anywhere in the United States. Please note: a copy of an adoption file CANNOT be ordered online, nor can a copy of an adoption file be provided in our lobby on the same day. Customers may mail the required documents with payment or submit them in our lobby; requests will be verified and researched, then copies will be mailed within one month. Below is the list of adoption laws and procedures that are used in Ohio:
- Adoptions Prior to January 1, 1964 – Adoption records are open to adoptee's whose birth occurred in Ohio, with proper identification. Also available for lineal descendants with proof of identity and genetic linkage.
- Adoptions Between January 1, 1964 and September 18, 1996 – Adoption records are open to adoptee's whose birth occurred in Ohio, with proper identification. Also available for lineal descendants with proof of identity and genetic linkage.
- Adoptions After September 18, 1996 – Adoption records are open to adoptive parents when the adopted person is between 18-21 years of age. If the adopted person is 21 years or older, the records are open to the adoptee.
If you have questions, contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics at (614) 466-2531.
Check the Ohio Attorney General's website to see which states Ohio permit holders have reciprocity with by reciprocity agreement or by automatic reciprocity.