Do you need to apostille a death certificate?
In order to obtain an apostille on a death certificate, you will need to mail in the original or a County Clerk issued certified copy (Basically as good as the original) or a certified copy issued by the State Registrar. You can contact the County Clerk’s office (County of Death) for instructions on how to obtain a new certified copy. You can also try to order a new copy online through Vital Check.
There are many reasons why a foreign country will request an apostille on a death certificate. The most common reasons are:
- Distribution of Inheritance
- Property Division
Most states will accept a recently issued death certificate. The only exception is the states of Virginia and Wisconsin. Death certificates certificates issued from these two states should be issued within the past 12 months.
Rule of Thumb: Disregard what you read on other websites regarding how old a birth certificate can be. We recommend that you mail in what you currently have now so we can present it to the state office. If the state does not accept your document, we will contact you with detailed instructions.
How to apostille a birth certificate?
Please download the order forms that corresponds with the state the death certificate originates from. For example, if the death certificate originates from the state of California, be sure to download our California apostille order forms. If the death certificate originates from Illinois, be sure to download our Illinois apostille order forms. All of our apostille order forms can be downloaded by clicking the following link and choosing your state: Order Forms
If you have any questions, please call us:
Office Hours: 9am – 6pm Monday – Saturday
Customer Support: 1-800-850-3441
Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!
Our staff is available Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow-step-by-step instructions. Please call us at 1-800-850-3441.