Getting an Apostille for Marriage Certificate

How To Get an Apostille for Your Marriage Certificate?

Your marriage certificate is from VA.

Therefore it has to go VA Commonwealth of Virginia for apostilles. 

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’s Office
Authentication Division
1111 East Broad St, 1st Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

There is a fee of $10 for the first document and $5 for each additional document signed by the same Virginia official, on the same day, going to the same country.

This should be your case, meaning you should pay $10 + 5 for your marriage certs, but its always better to call them and verify.  804-692-0114.  If you send the wrong amount of money, they may not process the request and just mail it back. 

Please make out checks to the “Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia”.

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

You can call them at 804-692-0114 to double check things

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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