Death Certificate Apostille
Do you need an apostille on a death certificate issued from the United States? Death certificates are generally issued from the County or State’s office. This document will bear the official signature of the acting official who signed it and will be printed on special paper with a raised seal (Embossed). When the State is presented with your document, they will review it for authenticity and issue an apostille for the country that is requesting your documents. Currently, there are over 100 countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.
The first step is to call, email or chat with us. Our office is open Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions. We currently process for all 50 States including the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) and all Consulate and Embassy offices located throughout the United States. We have seven apostille offices located in major cities to help in completing your documents quickly. Most countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention do not require Embassy or Consulate legalization. If the Country is not a member, additional steps will be requires to complete your documents.
Why do I need an apostille on a death certificate?
There are many reasons why this document requires an apostille. The most common reason is to transfer real property from the deceased person to the living heir. For example, from the father to the son and or from the father to the daughter. Without the apostille, the country requesting this document will not believe it’s legitimate. If you want to prove to another country that this person has passed away, you must obtain an apostille from the State’s office. For example: A California death certificates issued by the County Clerk can only be apostilled from the State of California.
Do I have to mail you the original death certificate?
Yes, the State’s office will not accept copies. In order for the State to authenticate the document, it must be a certified or original copy issued directly from the State or the County. If you don’t have the certified copy or original, you can order one through VitalCheck.com
We recommend that you contact us before you mail-in your documents for verification. Not every document we receive qualifies for an apostille; even documents recently issued. We will do our best to answer your questions and verify your documents with the State once we receive it. If the State rejects your documents, we will provide you step-by-step instructions on how to order new certified copies. You can also order a more recent certified copy by visiting: http://www.vitalcheck.com . We are unable to obtain documents on your behalf. The County and State will only allow certain individuals to obtain your documents.
International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document authentication services. We process documents from all 50 U.S. States including documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government.
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