Getting an Apostilles for Adoption Reasons

Birth and Marriage Certificates

How To Apostille Marriage Certifcate from Alabama? 


Your marriage certificate is from Alabama.

For your adoption, you need at 2 apostilled certified copies of your marriage certificate. 

Call the state’s vital records from the county where you were married and ask them to send you 4 Certified Copies of your Marriage License. 

2 of them are for the dossier and need to be apostilled.

To get an Apostille from Alabama, please send these to the Alabama Secretary of State: 

Office of the Secretary of State
Authentication Division
11 South Union Street, Suite 224
Montgomery, Alabama 36130

The fee is $5 per apostille. 

Please include a pre-paid return envelope for them to send you the documents back.  

(334) 242‐5325 is their phone number.  I would call them and verify nothing has changed before you mail them your docs. 



Your birth certificates DO NOT need to be apostilled.  Earlier, in the “read me first”, I asked that you order 4 certified copies of your birth certificates.  That is the total number you’ll need for the entire adoption process.  2 of them will be for the dossier.  However, they do not need to be apostilled.  So when you send us the dossier, just include 2 of the 4 copies.  


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.