Apostille a Birth Certificate

Do you need to apostille a birth certificate?

A birth certificate issued from any of the 50 US States must be apostilled from the State that issued the certificate.  The certificate must either be issued from the Health Department, County Clerk, or the State Registrar.  The certificate must bear the official signature of the official who is authorized to sign it. In order to obtain the Hague Apostille for this certificate, it must be mailed in to our office for processing.

For example, if you were born in New York City, your New York birth certificate must be apostilled from the State of New York.  The same holds true for a California birth certificate.  A birth certificate issued from the State of California can only be apostilled from the California State office.

International Apostille Services, Inc., has nine strategically located offices throughout the United States.  Each one of our offices can process documents from a select few States.  We recommend that you contact us for instructions, cost, and our order forms.  You can also download our apostille order forms. 1-888-810-4054

WARNING: If an apostille company offers to apostille a birth certificate in a state other than the one it was issued from, then the apostille is considered invalid (Basically fraud).  For example, if your California birth certificate was issued with a New York apostille, this apostille is invalid and fraudulent.  A notary cannot copy certify a vital record certificate (Birth, Death, Marriage) and process it through another State.  Example: The State of New York cannot apostille a signature of a California official who signed your California birth certificate.  We recommend that you work with a reputable apostille service company who will obtain the apostille from the State that the certificate was issued from.

We have provided examples of State issued apostilles here: State Apostille Examples

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on our documents.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-484-5296 (International Callers).

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!

Certifying, attesting, and legalizing documents can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the authentication 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.

International Apostille Order Form PDF SmallClick to download our International Apostille Order Form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.

Apostille a Certificate of Birth

Birth Certificate ApostilleDo you need to apostille a certificate of birth?

If you were born in the United States, your birth certificate can be apostilled from the State that issued it.  For example, if you were born in California, the California Secretary of State can apostille your certificate.   If you were born in Texas, the Texas Secretary of State can apostille your certificate.   Currently, there are 113 countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.  The most recent countries to join the Convention are Chile, Brazil, and Morocco.

The very first step is to contact our office.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday- Saturday to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  Once we receive your document, we’ll rush them to State and County ofice.

Beware of companies who offer to copy certify your birth certificate through a State other than the one you were born in.  For example, obtaining a New York apostille on a Texas birth certificate.  Only the Secretary of State of the State that has issued your documents has the authority to apostille it.  Some companies may ask you to upload your documents and pay a copy certification fee.  This type of behavior is reckless and fraudulent.  Only the State that has issued your document has the authority to apostille it.

Every State has specific rules on what is acceptable to be apostilled. For Example, in the State of California, a birth certificate issued from the Health Department cannot be apostilled.  Only a birth certificate issued by the County Clerk or State office can be apostilled.  In New York, a birth certificate needs to be authenticated by the County Clerk before the State will attach apostille.  For the States of Wisconsin and Virginia, a birth certificate must be issued within the past 12 months.  Not every State has the same requirements.

International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document certification, legalization, attestation, and apostille services. We process diplomas and transcripts issued from all 50 U.S. States and the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. Our staff is available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Call us at 1-888-810-4054 today.

International Apostille Order Form PDF SmallClick to download our International Apostille Order Form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.

Apostille Birth Certificate

Birth Certificate ApostilleDo you need an apostille on your birth certificate?

There are many reasons why another country would request an apostille on your birth certificate.  If you are planning to get married in another country or obtain dual citizenship, you will be asked to obtain an apostille on your documents.  We recommend that you find out what documents are being requested from you in order to avoid any delays or additional costs.

For example, if the country is also requesting an apostille on your FBI background check, you will first need to contact an FBI approved channeler who will obtain the background check and mail it to your address for processing.

Additional reasons why another country would request an apostille on your birth certificate are:

– Death of Spouse
– Interest & Ownership in Property
– Inheritance
– Working in Another Country

Birth certificates must be processed from the State that issued them.  For example, if you were born in New York and are requesting an apostille, only the State of New York can apostille this document.  The same holds true for all 50 States and the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)  If you are U.S. Citizen born abroad, please call the U.S. Department of State for assistance.  If you do not have your certificates, you can order online through Vitalcheck.com.

The requirements for obtaining an apostille on a birth certificate can vary from State to State.  For example, birth certificates issued from the States of Virginia and Wisconsin cannot be older than 12 months.  The State of Florida will only process a birth certificate issued by the Florida Department of State.  In California, a birth certificate can be apostilled if it’s issued by the County Clerk or State Registrar.

Regardless of which U.S. State your birth certificate is issued from, we can process it through one of our eight apostille offices.

The first step is to contact our office.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

Once you mail in your documents, we’ll rush them to State and Government offices.  We can even legalize your documents at Embassy and Consulate offices.  No job is too big or too small.  We have the resources and staff to apostille your birth certificate as fast as one business day.

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.

International Apostille Order Form PDF SmallClick to download our International Apostille Order Form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.