Do you need to apostille your Vital Records?
Have you been told to apostille your birth, marriage, death, or divorce decree? Vital record documents can only receive an apostille from the state of issue. For example, a California birth certificate can only receive a California apostille.
Note: Vital record documents cannot be color copied, emailed, notarized, or uploaded to any website. Beware of sites that ask you to upload your documents!
In order to obtain an apostille on any of these documents, 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. The first step is to contact the County Clerk’s office (County the Vital Record is filed in) 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 your vital record documents. The most common reasons are:
- Dual Citizenship
- Distribution of Assets/Inheritance
- Long Term Visa
- New Job
- Continue Education
- Buying Property
- Retirement Benefits
If you have any questions, please call us:
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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.