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Birth certificate apostille: things you need to know

The most common reasons why a birth certificate apostille is required are:

• Getting married abroad
• Entering into an inheritance in a foreign country
• Applying for dual citizenship
• Adopting a baby from a foreign country
• Opening a business in another country 

For a birth certificate to be accepted in a foreign country it requires validation of the authenticity of the signature on the document.  If you are going to present your birth certificate in a member country of the Hague Apostille Convention, your birth certificate will require an apostille from the state of its issue. If your birth certificate is requested by a country that is not a party to the Hague Apostille Convention, it will need a different legalization process consisting of three steps: first obtaining certification from the local Secretary of State, then authentication from the United States Department of State, and last, legalization from the embassy of the destination country in Washington DC. 

Birth certificate apostille is processed by the state authority in the state of its issue. For example, if have a birth certificate issued in the state of Texas, your document will receive a Texas apostille. 

Remember that apostille can only be issued for an original birth certificate or a certified copy.  In most states, a birth certificate is considered to be a private document, which means that if you don’t have an original birth certificate in your possession and need a new copy of it, only you or the following authorized individuals can obtain it:

• Mother, father, or legal guardian 
• Husband or wife of a person named on the certificate 
• Son or daughter of a person named on the certificate 
• A legal representative of an authorized person

Once you receive an original birth certificate or a certified copy, any third party can apply for an apostille on your birth certificate. Requirements for obtaining apostille on state-issued documents vary by state. So, if you are unfamiliar with the process and want to avoid any mistakes or delays with your birth certificate authentication, we recommend you contact a specialist like Multichoice Apostille. 

The apostille or legalization process can be quite complex and if you are not familiar with it, it’s best to trust professionals like Multichoice Apostille to take care of it. If you need a USA apostille on your birth certificate, marriage certificate, or other documents, please choose our apostille services. Multichoice Apostille has almost 20 years of experience in processing authentication documents for use abroad. We will take care of all the complicated details for getting your documents certified while you can focus on other things. We apostille USA birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree, school transcripts, FBI background check report, Social Security letter, and other documents. Multichoice Apostille is your unmatched service provider for USA apostille!

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