Do you require an Apostille from the State of New York?
The New York State Department of State provides Apostilles for documents if they were issued in the State of New York. Below is the list of most commonly requested documents:
- Birth Certificates
- Death Certificates
- Marriage Certificates
- Divorce Decree
- Background Checks
- Notarized Documents
- National Archive Documents
- Power of Attorney, etc.
New York Apostille certification differs from other states, as New York is the only state that requires County Clerk issued documents to also be certified by the County Clerk. There are 62 counties in the state of New York. Majority of documents received at our office originate from the following Counties: Bronx County, Kings County, Nassau Country, New York County, Queens County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County.
To be apostilled your official documents need to go through the process called Exemplification. Exemplification literary means "an attested copy of a document, under official seal", and the Exemplification Letter attests that the attached vital record certificate is a true certified copy.
A County Clerk Exemplification then is attached to the original document certifying the official who has signed the document.
Below is the typical information included in an Apostille issued in New York:
Country … [country name] This public document
Has been signed by … [name]
Acting in the capacity of … [function]
Bears the seal/stamp of … [authority] certified
At … [location]
Number … [apostille registration number]
Seal… [of the Authority issuing the apostille]
Signature … [signature of the Authority issuing the apostille]
Obtaining an apostille can be intricate. Avoid leaving this task for inexperienced staff or non-professionals who are not fully aware of the complexities of the apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your application may be rejected, and you lose time and money. Make a better choice!
Our experts are available Monday through Saturday from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM. Please call us at 1-770-447-0360 and we will answer all your questions and offer easy to follow detailed instructions.