Getting an Apostille for Marriage Certificate

How To Get an Apostille for Your Marriage Certificate?

Your marriage certificate is from Virginia.

Therefore it has to go Virginia Secretary of State for Apostille.  Not to be confused with the Department of State which also happens to be located in VA. 

For your adoption, you need 2 apostilled marriage certificates.

You would have to contact the county which issued your marriage certificate and get 4 certified copies all together. 2 of these 4 are for your dossier. 

Since they’re issued by the state, they do NOT need to be notarized. 

You will send them to the Secretary of State for Apostille. 

Their address is: 

Secretary of the Commonwealth 
Attn: Authentication Request  
1111 East Broad Street – 1st
Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

VA charges $10 per document.  Make out check or money order to Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth. 

Now, according to VA’s website says that:

“If there are several documents signed by the same public official (notary public, deputy clerk, etc…) on the same date for the same country; the fee is $ 10.00 for the first document and $ 5.00 for each additional document. “

Therefore, based on that I think your marriage certificates should qualify for this discount even though the text above speaks about the “same notary”.  Your marriage cert does not require a notary since it is already issued by the state.  NC has a similar discount, but their explanation says “duplicate copy” is charged at $5.  Anyways, I am fairly certain that the discount is applicable to a state issued document that doesn’t need notarizing.  But, if you’d like to double check, you can call or email them at: 

notary@governor.virginia.gov
Phone: 804-692-0114

Here is a link from VA Secy of State also:  

https://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/official-documents/authentications/

Please use a pre-paid envelope with a tracking number for the return mail.  

If you call them, please verify that the address and the fees are the same.  Ask them if they have a preferred mail courier for the return mail.  Ask if anything is different due to Covid? 

Below, for your convenience is the Cover Letter that VA uses to process apostilles. 

What To Do With Birth Certificates?

Good news! Your birth certificates DO NOT need to be apostilled.

They still need to be included in your dossier, just don’t need an apostille.  Please include 2 certified originals in each set of your dossier.  (Your dossier is in 2 sets).

What About Any Divorce Certificates?

For any divorces, the divorce certificates need to be presented with the adoption dossier.  Only photocopies of these divorce certificates/degrees are required.  No apostilles.  Just copies of each one.  

 

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