Do you need an apostille on a Birth Certificate?
There are many reasons why you would be asked to obtain an apostille on a birth certificate. If you are looking to establish dual citizenship, get married in another country, purchase or sell property in another country, inheritance, etc… you will be asked to obtain an apostille on your birth certificate. If you are getting married in another country and you were born in the USA, you definitely need an apostille on your birth certificate.
A birth certificate can only be apostilled from the State that issued the certificate. For example, if your certificate was issued from the State of New York, it must be apostilled from the State of New York. Every State has requirements on what is acceptable to the State in order to be authenticated. For example, in the State of Virginia and Wisconsin, the State will only apostille a birth certificate issued within the past 12 months. Other States will apostille birth certificates issued many years ago. In the State of Florida, the birth certificate must be issued by the State and signed by the State registrar.
If you are wondering if your birth certificate qualifies for an apostille, we recommend that you mail-in the original or certified copy of the certificate to our office for processing. If the State rejects your document or if we believe the State will not accept your document, we will contact you. Please note that the State does not allow us to obtain documents on your behalf. We can only assist you only with documents that you mail in to our office for processing.
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.
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