Why Do I Need To Apostille Birth Certificate?

Apostilles are used whenever public documents need to be produced abroad.

If you have been told that you need to apostille your birth certificate, it is because it need this type of verification in order to be valid for use in another country. The Apostille itself is a full page certificate that is permanently attached to the document. 

How Can I Apostille My New York City Birth Certificate?
  • First of all you must obtain a copy of the long form birth certificate with a letter of exemplification from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Vital Records Division. The letter of exemplification will be issued by that Department only upon request. Applications may be made in person at the Department’s Office, by mail, or on-line. There are restrictions as to who may submit the applications (the person named in the certificate or parents). Proof of identity is required. Processing of applications by mail takes about 30 days at present.
  • Next step is the County Clerk Authentication of the birth certificate. Please remember that according to official rules of the New York Department of State only long form birth certificate accompanied by the letter of exemplification can be apostille.
  • Last step is a visit at the Department of State.
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We can only help you with apostille process.

We cannot help you with obtaining your birth certificate - only person listed on it can request a new copy.