With us Death Certificate Apostille is easy! 1-2-3 and you are done!
1. Download and complete our order form.
2. Send your original document along with the completed order form to our office.
3. Get your apostilled Death Certificate at your address in any part of the world!
Multichoice Apostille obtains death certificates apostille issued by all 50 U.S. States and the District of Columbia.
Check out Our Services page for details and instructions on how to begin the process of legalizing your documents for use in a foreign country.
An apostilled death certificate is typically required to sort out the estate or inheritance of a deceased citizen in a foreign country, to sell the deceased person’s property abroad, or for receiving retirement benefits.
To apostille the death certificate, you will need to send to our office the original death certificate or a certified copy issued by the County Clerk, Health Department, or State. Remember that a death certificate can only be authenticated from the State that issued it, as the Secretary of State cannot authenticate documents issued by a different State. For instance, if the death certificate was issued in the state of Arizona, the apostille will also be processed in the State of Arizona, or if a death certificate was issued in California, it will receive a California death certificate apostille.
Before you send your documents for apostille processing, please check with us the requirements for the apostille issue in your particular state. While most states will accept death certificates issued more than 5 years ago, some states, however, have set time limits on a death certificate validity to be eligible for authentication. Thus, Virginia requires that death certificates issued from the State of Virginia must be issued 12 months ago or less.
Another important thing to remember when applying for an apostille on a death certificate is the issuing authority listed on a death certificate. In most states, death certificates are issued by the Vital Records Department at the county level of government or the state level. However, in some states, death certificates can be issued from the State Health Department. Some States accept health department-issued death certificates but not all. We recommend that you send us a copy of a death certificate you have so that we could make sure it meets all the requirements for apostille processing. If the State finds your document unacceptable, we will contact you with specific instructions.
Depending on the country requesting an apostille on death certificate, you may also be required to provide a translation of a death certificate. Please let us know if you need help finding a certified translator.
An apostille is issued on a death certificate if a country requesting it is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention. If you need to use a death certificate in a non-member country of the Hague Apostille Treaty, you will have to go through a process of death certificate legalization - a special authentication through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and legalization through the Embassy / Consulate office.
Obtaining an Apostilled Death Certificate is a complex process and should always be handled by professionals only. Remember that trusting your important documents to incompetent persons who are unfamiliar with the specifics of each country, may lead you to lost money, and delays of your important business by weeks, or even months. Complicated matters must be handled by experts, and that’s why we recommend that you should let Multichoice Apostille take care of obtaining a Death Certificate Apostille.