Marriage Certificate Apostille
Within the nations that are a part of the Hague Convention, an Apostille guarantees the validity of a marriage certificate on an international scale. Having received the Secretary of State's approval, an Apostille attests to a document's validity. A Marriage Certificate Apostille validates the document’s origin before it can be used in a legal process.
Abolishing the requirement of diplomatic or consular legalization for foreign public documents is the primary goal of the apostille. The signature's legitimacy, the authority in which the signer has acted, and the seal or stamp that the document bears are all verified by an apostille.
Reasons For A Marriage Certificate Apostille
There a various different reasons you would need to obtain a Marriage Certificate Apostille. The following are some of the most common reasons for another nation to request an Apostille on a marriage certificate:
Death of Spouse
Interest & Ownership in Property
Moving to Another Country
Working in Another Country
Obtaining a Marriage Certificate Apostille
You must first determine whether your marriage certificate needs to be Apostilled or Authenticated. If your destination country is a party to the Hague Convention of 1961, then your marriage certificate needs to be Apostilled. If the destination country is NOT a party to the Hague Convention of 1961, then your marriage certificate needs to be Authenticated. Here are the steps for both processes. Steps 1-2 are for the Apostille process and steps 1-4 are for the Authentication process.
1. Obtain a certified copy of the original marriage certificate.
2. Contact us to have your marriage certificate Authenticated or Apostilled by the Secretary of State.
3. Contact us to have your marriage certificate Authenticated or Apostilled by the U.S. Department of State.
4. Contact us to have your marriage certificate Legalized by the embassy of your destination country.
If your marriage certificate is missing, damaged, or older than the state's requirements, we recommend ordering a new certified copy from VitalChek.com.