Do you need to apostille your Birth Certificate?
If you’re planning to get married, obtain dual-citizenship, move, work, or conduct business in a foreign country who is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, you will be asked to obtain an apostille on your birth certificate. The apostille is a certificate issued by the state that authenticates the official who has signed your birth certificate so it will be accepted in another country.
We can apostille birth certificates issued from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For countries who are non-members of the Hague Apostille Convention, we can also process your birth certificate through the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy or Consulate office.
In order to apostille your birth certificate, you must mail in the original or a certified copy issued by the County Clerk or State Registrar to our office for processing. Birth certificates can only be authenticated from the State of origin. The Secretary of State does not have the authority to authenticate birth certificates issued from another state. For example, a California birth certificate cannot be processed in New York. A California birth certificate can only receive a California apostille.
Not every birth certificate qualifies for an apostille. We recommend that you mail in the certificate you currently have for review before ordering a new one. If the State rejects your document, we will contact you with instructions.
Please Note: We can only help you with documents originating from or notarized within the United States and for another country. If your birth certificate is originating from another country, you will need to contact the correct competent authority to assist you in that country.
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.