Apostille Birth Certificate Definition

Apostille birth certificate definition

An apostille is a certification or authentication provided under the 1961 Hague Convention for authenticating documents for use in foreign countries.

The main function of a birth certificate apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature of the document and the authenticity and legal standing of the originating notary.

Both the New York State and the U.S Department of State will only issue apostilles for documents to use in countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention.

State-issues documents for use in countries that are members of 1961 convention must be authenticated by the competent authority in the state where the document was issued.

Most states consider that a birth certificate is a private document but any person can obtain an apostille of their birth certificate. An apostille birth certification is an official copy of the original birth certificate that is verified and signed by the respective official – for example the Westchester County Clerk.

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How to get an apostille Birth Certificate in New York

Generally speaking, one of the first steps to get the apostille is to order a certified copy of the birth certificate through the New York State Department of Vital Statistics. 

There are literally millions of U.S. citizens living abroad and many get married, work, or establish businesses outside the United States. If an U.S. citizen is about to marry abroad, obtain dual citizenship, or start a business in a member of the Hague Apostille network, then they will need to provide a birth certificate with an apostille. The birth certificate must be authenticated by the same state that has issued the certified copy.

Let New York Apostilles help handle the process for as little as $149. We can even assist you in authenticating a copy as many countries will accept copies when you can not obtain an exemplified or certified copy.

You can even upload your copy securely here: apostilleapply.com

Questions about the process? Call, text or WhatsApp Apostille Expediter Harry Otto at (914)441-2444 7 days a week.