Getting an Apostille for Marriage Certificate

How To Get an Apostille for Your Marriage Certificate?

Your marriage certificate is from NY.

Therefore it has to go NY Secretary of State for Apostille.

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. 

For information on where to obtain a copy of a vital record (birth, death, marriage certificates), please refer to the NYS Department of Health’s website.

Unique to NY:

For New York City records, other than divorce certificates, please contact the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or the New York City Marriage Bureau.  The records must then be certified by the New York County Clerk’s Office. For NYC birth and death certificates, when ordering your record you will also need to request a “Letter of Exemplification.”

Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates and Certificate of Divorce issued by a local or county official or county Department of Health must first be certified by the County Clerk of the county where the document was issued.

Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates issued by the New York State Department of Health and bearing the signature of the Director of Vital Statistics or NYS Registrar may be submitted for Apostille or Certificate of Authentication and do not require a County Clerk certification.

Once you’ve followed the steps, depending on where your marriage certificate is from, then send to NY Dept of State along with the other documents.  

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Please don’t forget to use the cover letter the state has for processing this request.   

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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