What does getting married in another country and obtaining dual citizenship have in common?
They both require that you apostille your birth certificate.
An apostille is the certification of authenticity that is recognized among countries that are members of the Hague Convention of 1961. The apostille confirms the seals and signatures of documents (such as birth certificates) are true copies of the original.
If your destination country is not a member of the Hague Convention of 1961, then your birth certificate will need to follow the legalization process through the Embassy or Consulate.
Apostille Your Birth Certificate
The country you are traveling to will not accept your birth certificate without it first being apostilled or legalized.
The first step is to locate the original birth certificate or obtain a certified copy.
Obtaining a copy of your birth certificate can be a bit time-consuming. You will need to contact the State Registrar or the County Clerk where the birth took place. Make sure to request a ‘certified’ copy; this means that the county or state has endorsed that it is a valid copy.
Another option is to visit one of the various online companies that can obtain a certified copy of the birth certificate. Companies such as VitalChek and Vital Records will contact the correct county and state for you. You fill out their online forms, and the certificate is mailed directly to you.
The second step is to obtain the apostille for your birth certificate. Luckily, we can quickly do that for you.
Working with One Source Process
We apostille birth certificates from all 50 states and all US territories; plus, we have worked with just about every country and can quickly apostille or legalize your birth certificate.
At One Source Process, we know exactly what Secretary of State or Embassy/Consulate to contact to obtain your apostille without any problems. We also offer a FREE review of all papers before we submit them for apostille, catching any discrepancies before they cause the apostille to be rejected.
Simply fill out our online Order Form and mail us the original or certified copy of the birth certificate. We will handle it from here.
We are here to help you apostille your birth certificate. Please Contact Us with any questions. We are available 7 days a week and look forward to working with you.