When you need to apostille a New York marriage certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the New York State Department of Health. Here's what their website says about obtaining one:
Vital Records has Marriage records (since 1880) for marriage licenses purchased in all of New York State except New York City. It does not have records for marriage licenses purchased in all of New York State except New York City, which includes the five boroughs: Manhattan, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Bronx, and Richmond (Staten Island).
Marriage records are also available from the town or city clerk where you bought the license.
Who is eligible order a certified marriage record?
People eligible to get a marriage certificate:
Other people who have a:
documented judicial or other proper purpose
New York State Court Order
If you are not a spouse, you must document a judicial or other proper purpose. For example, you may need a marriage certificate to claim a benefit. You would need an official letter from the agency saying that you need the marriage record to process the claim.
What identification needs to be submitted by the applicant?
Application must be submitted with copies of either A or B:
One of the following forms of valid photo-ID:
State-issued, nondriver photo-ID card
U.S. Military-issued, photo-ID
Two of the following showing the applicant's name and address:
Utility or telephone bill
Letter from a government agency dated within the last six months
Please submit a copy of your U.S. passport in addition to the above ID if you are applying from a foreign country that requires a passport for travel.
Common Denial Reasons:
Applications without proper ID
Failure to submit a copy of their U.S. passport in addition to the required identifications when applying from a foreign country that requires a passport for travel
We are currently experiencing significant delays in order processing.
ORDER TYPE FEES (per copy)
Online or Phone orders$45 + $8 vendor processing fee per transaction (not per copy)
Mail forms to:
New York State Department of Health Vital Records Certification Unit P.O. Box 2602 Albany, NY 12220-2602
Walk-in Services ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Third Party Pickup
We do not encourage third party pickups. If you are unable to come to our office yourself, we recommend that you order your certificate by mail or via internet or telephone. More information about third party pickup.
Online / Phone – MasterCard/Visa, Discover, American Express, ACH (Electronic Check)
Mail – Personal Check, Postal Money Order, or Certified Check made payable to NYS Department of Health. Payment for orders from foreign countries must be made by a check drawn on a United States bank or by international money order - Do not send cash
Walk-Ins - Cash, check or money order. No credit or debit cards
Apostille for New York Marriage Certificate
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