UPDATE: Please give your experiences if the process changes. This blog post gets thousands of hits.

This posting is a public service for anyone born in New York City (Bronx, Kings, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island) needing a birth certificate with Apostille.

I need it to get married in France.

The 3-step process – which I could not find fully explained anywhere on the Internet – goes as follows below: (There are also commercial services, but I found I did not need one.)

Step 1

Contact the Bureau of Vital Records in New York City at the department of health by telephone.

Important: Do NOT order via the very speedy and efficient online VitalCheck service, they only issue a “short form” birth certificate. You need to call and specifically request a “long form” (or “vault copy”) of the birth certificate with letter of exemplification. The cost is about $35 dollars and it takes about five days from the time they receive your request.

Address:
Bureau of Vital Records
125 Worth Street NY, NY 10013
Tel: 212-788-4500

Step 2

Send $3 with the long form birth certificate and letter of exemplification to be certified by the Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department. Include a note asking for certification in order to get an apostille:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am in the process of getting an apostille on my birth certificate so that I can get married in France.

Enclosed please find:

1- My long form birth certificate with a letter of exemplification.

2- A check for $3 to get the document notarized.

Please return this at your soonest convenience to me at the below address

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me or call.

In advance, thank you for your assistance in helping me get married!

Sincerely,

Thomas Crampton

The fees must be paid in cash, by Visa or Mastercard, by an attorney’s check made payable to the New York County Clerk, or in the form of a U.S. postal money order made payable to the New York County Clerk. (We sent cash and it worked.)

Address:
NY County Clerk, Attention Notary Department
60 Center Street, NY, NY 10007
Tel: 646-386-5955

Step 3

Send documents from Steps 1 and 2 to the NY Department of State with a $10 check payable to the “New York State Department of State” with a letter asking for an apostille:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am in the process of getting an apostille on my birth certificate so that I can get married in France.

Enclosed please find:

1- My long form birth certificate with a letter of exemplification and notarization from the county clerk in Manhattan.

2- A check for $10 to get the Apostille for my birth certificate.

Please return this at your soonest convenience to me at the below address

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me or call.

In advance, thank you for your assistance in helping me get married!

Sincerely,

Thomas Crampton

Address:
New York Department of State
Miscellaneous Records Unit
99 Washington Avenue
Albany NY, 12231
Telephone: (518) 474-8642

Note: I just updated the above address from 41 State Street

Conclusion:

Needless to say, this is a nightmare process to accomplish when you live overseas, but it does work!!

As evidence: Photo below of me in the Paris newsroom today with my Apostille. Now that I proved I was born, I can get married!! (oops. Lost the photo. Will upload it shortly)

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447 comments

  1. Cordelia

    Dear Mr. Crampton,
    I own a private boutique expediting service tailored specifically to obtaining Apostille birth certificates for those born in New York and wishing to get married in a Gallic country. We are based in beautiful River Hills, Wisconsin but count ourselves absolument part of the moving circus.
    We look forward to working with you.
    Very truly yours,
    Ms C Gelly
    Apostille specialist
    Gelly International

  2. Roxy Reynolds

    I am in need of help. I work for a manufacturing copy. My manager has asked me to find a place in the Dallas Texas area that I can get an apostille. I am at my wits end. Everyone I call seems to have no idea what I am talking about. Can you help me?

    Thank you,

    Roxy Reynolds
    214-239-2272

  3. Sorry, I’m no expert on getting apostilles outside of my NY experience.

    Perhaps someone else reading this blog would know. You might want to contact a lawyer in Dallas.

    Good luck and my sympathies in figuring out the system!

  4. yossi

    Thomas hi,
    I have a question out to you:
    I need an Apostille for my son’s birth certificate for the Netherlands. The thing is that we are currently overseas in israel. We have the original birth certificate with us. The question is, do we need to go through all the steps or just to the last one-NY Dept of State.

    Kind regards,

    Y.Amon

  5. Hello Y. Amon!

    Based on my conversations with the NY authorities, you need to send the long form birth certificate with what is called a Letter of Exemplification to be notarized by the Manhattan county clerk.

    If you have the Letter of Exemplification and long form birth certificate, you can start at step 2.

    If you do not have the letter, you must return to step 1.

    In your case, I think the best number to call is the NY Dept of State to get clarification.

    New York Department of State: (518) 474-8642

    To accomplish all this from overseas, I recommend using a friend or relative to post things.

    Good luck!

    Tom

  6. I don’t think you used quite the right word for what the New York County Clerk (informally, Manhattan County Clerk) does to the document. The New York County Clerk does not notarize the letter of exemplification, they “authenticate notary signatures or the signatures of public officials on documents” (http://www.nycourts.gov/supctmanh/notary_public.htm). More information about the apostille can be found at http://www.dos.state.ny.us/corp/apostile.htm.

    The way I understand the process, the New York County clerk knows who the public officials are at the department of health, so they can authenticate the signatures of these officials. The Department of State does not know who the health department officals are, but they do know who the County Clerks are, so they can issue an apostille that verifies the signature of the County Clerk (or assistants).

  7. Quesney

    Thomas,
    Can you tell us how long it took from beginning to end?

    –Quesney

  8. Once I had all the information above, it took about 4 weeks. You could likely do it more quickly by using Fedex or having someone in NY carry it from office to office.

    Good luck!

  9. Eric Ferguson

    (Personal to Thomas)

    You were lucky that the French authorities accepted the document in english.

    When I lived in France in 1955-1962 only documents in French were accepted. That would mean that you would still need to:

    – Have the birth certificate, notary statement and apostille all translated into French by an authorised translator.

    – Have the signature of that translator duly verified by some French public official.

    I had to fulfill similar formalities to get my Dutch birth certificate accepted when I married my Swedish wife in 1962.

  10. Jennifer

    My family is moving to Brussels, Belgium as soon as we can get our stuff together, but we have to have birth certificates for all 5 of us and our marriage certificate notarized and apostilled (is that a verb?). We have to go to 4 different states, none of them NY. God help us if we have an experience similar to yours. We’ll have the stuff back in 2 years, when we should be moving back to the States!

  11. Steven

    Seems like an awful lot to get done…from what I read on the NYC website what you need is a long form birth certificate from the City of New York (if you were born there)…now, they have the Department of State Certification Unit in NYC with the telephone being 212-417-5684. ..you go there, get the birth certificate certified for a $10 fee and then they send it to the State and from there you get the apostille. Of course, you must specify the country where you will be showing these documents to. It seems like less of a hassle if you ask me.

    One more thing..on the vital link order form from the NY City Department of Health…they apparantly do send you a long form when you request it. When you first apply, there is a pop up link that has a list of reason for why you want your birth certificate….and one of them is “Long form.”

  12. Steven

    Ok…got even more info and its not as difficult as its made out to be. Now, this is for those born in NYC…myself, I was born in Manhattan. I need to get my LONG FORM birth certificate. Once that is obtained, you need to go to the County Clerk in Manhattan, located at 60 Centre (Center) Street, Romm 141B (“B” for basement), this is done in order to get the signature on the Birth Certificate authentisizes (sp), not sure how much this costs. BUT, its a very quick procedure done while you wait.

    After that is done, you need to get the Apostille from the State of New York. You need to specify for what Country it is for…you can do this at 123 William Street on the 19th floor..this place is the Department of State Certification Unit and its open from 8:45-5 pm…now, what they tell you is that office hours go from 8:45-11:45 am and then from I believe 1pm to 4:45 pm…the cost is $10 and this too is done while you wait.

    About the only real time you waste is the travel time since everything is located in that Wall Street area near the Brooklyn Bridge…the William Street address if you’re coming from uptown I believe you can take the #4 train or whatever train gets you to the Fulton Street Station.

    Hope this helps.

  13. Great posting, Steven!! Thanks.

    (But still does not solve the problem for those of us living overseas!)

  14. Steven

    Hey Thomas…not a problem and you’re right, it doesn’t help when you’re over seas! My mistake! lol….but, you can always come back!

  15. marie santora

    Thank you. What luck to have found your site. It was not as obvious how to proceed from the paperwork NYC sent back!!!!

  16. sonja

    I’m thrilled to have found this little blog.

    I’m living in Spain and pulling together my documents to get married. I was in the process of ordering my long form birth certificate from NYC Vital Records online, but wasn’t sure I’d get an actual long form (vault) copy from the handy VitalCheck service. So I Googled “How can I be sure they are sending me a long form birth certificate?” and here I am.

    I managed to piece together the three legs of the process through to the Dept. of State through a series of phone calls with brutal hold times. It’s comforting to see it all s p e l l e d o u t here, and with nice cover letter tips, too.

    For my next trick, I’ll have to prove somehow that I am “free to marry”. No such document exists in the States. Wish me luck.

    Thanks,

    Sonja

  17. Sherry Rauh

    Thomas, thanks for posting this. I have one question: do the long-form certificates come with a separate letter of exemplification? Or is it enough to have the notice (on the certificate) certifying that it’s a true copy with the signature of the registrar?

    I called the Bureau and asked 3 times that they send me my long-form birth certificate with letter of exemplification, but they only sent one document. Am I ready to go to the county clerk?

    Thanks,
    Sherry

  18. Hi Sherry!

    For me, the birth certificate and letter of exemplification were separate documents.

    Good luck with the process and please post any tips you discover about the process!!

    Tom

  19. MICHELLE

    HI, I AM ASLO GREATFUL TO FIND THIS WEBSITE!

  20. miCHELLE

    It was a great help to us , other citizens to do this terrible process of dealing with all the burocratic systems!
    I did it already for my daughters 3 times, but never had to do it from out of the country. It is challenging and I was told I have to do all the mailing within these 3 offices. (Even if I am not really there, right.) What a nightmare! Thank god we have friends, since I dont have any family members living in the USA.
    First trouble I am running for is my PC (or the website http://www.vitalchek.com). It is kicking me out during or after my second daughter- I have 3, so I am putting 3 requests. And I was told this is the only way how to order Long Form BC for my kids. (Otherwise I would have to prooved – that I am I.) So , if I will be ever able to order the BC, they will have to be mailed to my home address, my friend would have to picked them up there and mail to the County Clerk office. If the story with the address is the same , she would would have to pick up this document after it comes back and send it to the Dept of State.
    So , I will keep her pretty busy and have to really thank her for doing that.

    By the way, at the beginning you said not to use this website vitalchek- that is giving me so much trouble. Is there another way how to order long form? I called Vital Record and they told me this is the only way without sending notarized letter with a copy of my ID to them. If I do it with vitalchek the Credit card is my proof.
    My kids are starting school in Mexico and they need it for school and for the Immigration.

    Thanks
    Michelle

  21. GLMCPA

    I have a client who moved to Israel with his mother from Florida about 10 years ago. They had CD’s at a bank in Florida. The son died and we want to move the accounts into his mother’s name. The mother is in Israel and is Ill, so she wants this done asap. Who do I contact in Israel to obtain an Apostille in english for the bank in Florida?
    Thanks,
    GLMCPA

  22. Allan Gonyo

    If you can’t find anyone to do it for you, in NewYork you can send your Documents to New York Apostille where they will walk them through the Clerk’s office and the Dept of State for you and mail the FedEx so you get them within a week for $110 in USA or $130 overseas. You can check them out at http://www.newyork-apostilles.com/ . Or phone at 1-866-538-0591 . They have several offices nationwide and can process apostilles in all states.

  23. Joyclyn Joseph

    Your information is very helpful so far and I am so grateful that you posted this information, or else I would really be lost. I am in the process of getting an apostille for my daughter’s certificate to submit a residence permit in the Caribbean.

    Thank you so much

  24. matt

    Dear All, I need a bit of help. I am a US citizen living in London and planning on marrying my Slovak fiance in Slovakia. I need my Birth Cert, with the Apostle. I am from PA, and I was curious what is the easiest way to obtain this document, and if I can obtain this document whilst abroad. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
    Matt

  25. Thanks so much for blogging about this. It should be clarified at vitalcheck when you order your birth certificate (esp. since they ask you “for what reason” you are ordering). I too am getting married in France, tho’ i am living here already. We just went to the Mairie today and I thought I had all my documents completed, and then came up against the “apostille dilemma.” I was going to go with the apostilla.com service to the tune of 200 bucks (!) but instead my brother in New York is doing it for me, to the tune of 13 bucks plus postage (and his time). The fact that the office of the County Clerk and the State Dept’ are both in Manhattan and within walking distance of eachother makes its much easier. I recommend to others that you ask a trusted friend (if you have one in NY) and save the money for something more important….like champagne!

  26. Soon-to-be-bride (I Hope)

    Thomas!

    Thank you so much for this website. I have followed your advice to the tee and on Friday I finally received my apostille!

    BUT A QUESTION…what I have is the apostille, “exemplification of birth record” (with a small notary slip attached), and the long form birth certificate all stapled together. Do ALL of these need to be translated into French or simply the apostille and the birth certificate??? This would save me some cash if the exemplification doesn’t need to get translated (which it doesn’t seem like it needs to be, but who knows?) If ANYONE knows, please give a shout-out!

    Hoping for a December wedding… Thank you!

  27. Re: translation of “exemplification of birth record.” I had the same question. The person I saw at the Mairie in the 10th arrondissement last Friday said that I did NOT have to have this piece translated. Just the birth certificate itself, and the apostille (which i am still waiting to get). I have no idea if this is the “policy” or if I just happened to get a nice person that day. I would say go to the Mairie with what you have, and see what they say. Also FYI – I was able to book a date in December without having the apostille yet. As long as I get it in before the wedding date, I’m OK. So it’s worth going and trying to get the date booked and then if you still have loose ends you can take care of them in the next few weeks. Good luck!

  28. thomascrampton

    My experience is that it really depends on the officials you get at the desk. Smile and make yourself friendly. I did not translate the letter of exemplification, but the translator did both the apostille and birth certificate for the same price. Once again: I found there are no strict policies on this. It can vary according to the official.

  29. melissa

    Does anyone know if its the same process to get a death and marriage cert with an apostille as well? i am trying to get my italian citizenship

  30. Angela

    Thanks a lot Thomas for this website.

  31. Derek

    Thanks everyone, I have done this process several times in PA and currently attempting the same in New York. If anyone out there ever need an apostille in PA please drop me a line b/c I live in the state capital your only expense will be document fees, my time pro bono.

  32. Yenny

    Hi, Thomas

    I had birth certificate, long form with exemplification letter. Had been certified by county clerk and apostille by department of state.
    I received apostille with the name who sign in the exemplification letter.
    Now my question is? How can I get apostille sign by city of registrar on the copy of bith certificate.
    I have problem getting apostille sign by city of register fo birth certificate, if you can help me with this I will apreciate.
    For El Salvador residence.

    Sicerelly,
    yenny

  33. Stephen B

    Melissa,

    I’ve just started the process of getting my Italian citizenship as well.

    On the phone with Vital Records they told me to go to 1 Center St to get a marriage cert., which is right in area that Steven said you need to go to get all the certifications and apostilles.

    So it shouldn’t be too hard to find out since you’ll be in the general area anyway.

    And thanks alot for this site Thomas, and everyone that has posted. Good luck to everyone.

  34. Helen

    thank u for all this info!very helpful! so sonja you have mentioned that you will have to prove somehow that you am “free to marry”. I have run into that problem also. USA does not give u a document like that. how the heck do you get it??? thank you Helen

  35. Chris

    Hi Thomas,

    Do you know if you can go to the Manhattan County Clerk Notary Office and New York Department of State with a PA Birth Certificate? I live here, but was born in PA – would you know if I have to track down the respective PA offices instead?

    I never knew getting married in Germany could be such a hassle. And it’s just the beginning!

  36. cat

    I’m applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in Italy, and I was born in the US.

    Here is what I think I need to do to apply, but I’m confused and am hoping you can help if you’ve been through this before. I hope…

    http://www.myitalianfamily.com/record/requirements.html:

    1) FATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (or a”certified copy” or a “long form” or a “full form”; (not “certification” or “abstract”) with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of NY State.

    2) MOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (the birth certificate must be either in “formato internazionale”, or in “estratto per riassunto” showing father and mother’s names).

    3) PARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (we must obtain a “certified copy” of the license with an original signature of the City Clerk from the Marriage Bureau, Municipal Center, 1 Centre Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10007. In addition, we must obtain a certificate of an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of NY State. The document can then be presented to the New York State Department of State for authentication.

    4) MOTHER’S ITALIAN PASSPORT AND PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD (“green card”) or CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION.

    5) MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE (you must obtain a “certified copy” a.k.a. “full form” or “long form” (not abstract), with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of NY State.

    Step 1) We need to call and specifically request a “long form” (or “vault copy”) of the birth certificate with letter of exemplification. The cost is about $35 dollars and it takes about five days from the time they receive your request.

    Address:
    Bureau of Vital Records
    125 Worth Street NY, NY 10013
    Tel: 212-788-4500

    Step 2) Send $3 with the long form birth certificate and letter of exemplification to be certified by the Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department. Include a note asking for certification in order to get an apostille:

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I am in the process of getting an apostille on my birth certificate so that I may obtain Italian dual citizenship.
    Enclosed please find:
    1- My long form birth certificate

    2- A check for $3 to get the document notarized.
    Please return this at your soonest convenience to me at the below address
    Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me or call.
    In advance, thank you for your assistance in helping me get married!
    Sincerely,
    Catherine Fugarino

    The fees must be paid in cash, by Visa or Mastercard, by an attorney’s check made payable to the New York County Clerk, or in the form of a U.S. postal money order made payable to the New York County Clerk. (We sent cash and it worked.)

    Address:
    NY County Clerk, Attention Notary Department
    60 Center Street, NY, NY 10007
    Tel: 646-386-5955

    Step 3) Send documents from Steps 1 and 2 to the NY Department of State with a $10 check payable to the “New York State Department of State” with a letter asking for an apostille:

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I am in the process of getting an apostille on my birth certificate so that I may obtain Italian dual citizenship.
    Enclosed please find:
    1- My long form birth certificate and notarization from the county clerk in Manhattan.
    2- A check for $10 to get the Apostille for my birth certificate.
    Please return this at your soonest convenience to me at the below address
    Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me or call.
    In advance, thank you for your assistance in helping me obtain Italian dual citizenship!
    Sincerely,
    Catherine Fugarino

    Address:
    New York Department of State
    Miscellaneous Records Unit
    41 State Street
    Albany NY, 12231
    Telephone: (518) 474-8642

    6) APPLICATION AND DECLARATION THAT YOU AND YOUR ASCENDANT NEVER RENOUNCED ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BEFORE ANY ITALIAN AUTHORITY, LISTING ALL THE PLACES OF RESIDENCE (see attachments (PDF): 2A – 2B)

    8) COPY OF MY PASSPORT AND DRIVER’S LICENSE

    CONSOLATO GENERALE D’ITALIA NEW YORK
    690 PARK AVENUE
    NEW YORK, NY 10021-5044
    ph.(212)737-9100 fax(212)249 4945
    Email: [email protected]

  37. Eddie

    I sent $3 cash to NY County Clerk, original long birth certificate and letter of exemplification. I also included note why I need it to be notarized. The only thing I forgot is paid envelope with my address on it. Would they send it back or they will keep my documents till I pay them ?

  38. Gary

    Hello:

    Can anyone confirm that you can order the Birth Certificate online for New York City, chose “long form” and that they will send the letter of exemplification.

    Or must I send the application ni the mail with a writen request for the letter of exemplification?

    Thanks,

    gary

  39. sierra forest

    Hello Thomas

    I am working abroad in Spain and am trying to get my College Transcripts convalidated.
    I was told that I will need the Apostille de le Haya. Is this the same Apostille that you needed in France?
    Do you or does anyone here have any information aboot acquiring this apostille for other documetns besides birth certificates. Both of my transcripts are from New York Universities (Fordham and Pace)

    If I understand correctly every document must first be mailed to the county clerk and than to the New York Department of State, no? The state department says the documents issued “downstate” like my transcripts should be mailed to

    New York Department of State, Certification Unit is
    6th Floor, 270 Broadway, New York, New York 10007, tel: 212-417-5684.

    Can anyone confirm this information for me?
    Is this correct or does it need to go to Albany?

    Thank you in advance,
    Sierra

  40. Ana

    Hey guys,
    This IS the most helpful site I have found on the issue of Apostille. Especially Steve’s posting of August last year about how to do it if you still are in NYC. What I did not quite get is whether he still needed the Letter of Exemplification or not? Does anyone know this? How long does it take to get it. My daughter was born on December 28th, 2007 and a wrong birth certificate arrived in the mail 2 weeks later. the correction is still going on, but I have no means of making the Dept. of Vital Records to send this letter with the corrected certificate. They begave like idiots on the phone and when I went to 125 Worth street, room 144, they did not know anything about the apostille procedure.

  41. Beverly

    Hi Thomas,

    Many thanks for this site. I have been going around in circles trying to understand the way to get an Apostille on a notarized copy of my passport to send to the Israeli courts for a family issue.

    Beverly

  42. Alla

    Hi… I am glad i found this side.

    Please any one very simple explane to me what first, second and third step i have to go through…. to get Copy of Birth Certificate with Apostille.
    Right now i have a Application for a Birth record…done, i downlowd from webside. What next….?
    I know some addresses:
    1,2,3..? 125 Worth Street, rm.133 NY- NYC Department of Health
    1,2,3..? 123 William Street 19 floor NY – NYC Department of State.
    1,2,3..60 Center Street , rm.141 B, NY – NY County Clerk.
    Thank you a lot…..Alla

  43. Jay

    Apparently, for us expats teaching English overseas in Korea, we are now required to have a criminal background check (which is great). However, the hoops that we must jump through especially being overseas is horrific. What I am seeing is that, not only do I need the documents notorized, but also certified by a postil. I’m a resident of California, so I guess i’ll start going through the red tape to get it figured out. Anyone with CA experience, feel free to share. Thanks

  44. Holly

    Hi Thomas!

    Thanks for being so helpful! Do you know how to prove marriage and death certificates for NY? Would it be the same process? Thanks so much!
    Holly

  45. Marc K.

    Hi, I recently got married in Cancun and I found out that I needed to Apostille my Birth Certificate from New York City. And I don’t agree with caroline, for me (a full time lawyer) was more than worth it to pay apostilla.com just $200 for a same day turn-around and a fedex to cancun to my wedding coordinator. Thanks to their services I didn’t have to postpone my wedding plans.

  46. I’ve devoted an e-guide to helping people get U.S. apostilles *without* paying a ton of money to an apostille service. There are a few “insider” tricks to doing it fast and some important info you need to know exactly what to do.

    It covers all 50 U.S. states, including instructions for Federal apostilles. Good luck!

    -Melanie Viego

    http://www.apostilleguide.com

  47. Amos B.

    In response to those who need a certification from the U.S. that you are eligible to be married, the trick is to go U.S. Citizens’ Services in the U.S. consulate in the country where you live, and make a sworn statement that you are single or divorced. The consulate will then issue a notarized document that is usually accepted in the country where you want to get married. I’ve done this twice, and it works, at least in Costa Rica.

  48. thomascrampton

    Amos B,

    Sorry to hear the first marriage didn’t work out.

    I tried that, but the French government bureaucrats ONLY wanted the one obtained from the NY authorities.

    Tom

  49. This is an excellent Apostille/Authentication Service. They will take care of everything for you and with affordable fees. Check it out! Excellent Service!

  50. Andres Williamson

    Tom, thanks for the guidance. It really helped me out. I have one question. Besides the fees applicable in each of the steps, did you have to provide them with prepaid postage envelopes? I live outside the states and I can imagine that if mailed internationally, they would expect some extra amounts for shipping purposes.

  51. I obtain these every day by walking the documents thru the system personally. I usually can provide & ship the apostille next day after receiving it. One additional day if the lines for processing are very long.
    Kenneth A Edelstein

  52. AB

    Stumbled across yr posting while searching for some info. i’m in the process of arranging civil partnership in Belgium and oh boy they’re crazy about this apostille. Lucky that in America it seems relatively easy (by post, payment w/ credit card), while I have to do it in Indonesia and here are the steps and different institution I have to go through:

    1. neighbourhood head
    2. community head
    3. area community head
    4. bigger area community head
    5. civil registry
    6. ministry of religious affairs
    7. ministry of justice
    8. ministry of foreign affairs
    9. belgian embassy (original copy legalisation)
    10. sworn translator (to Dutch)
    11. belgian embassy (translation legalisation)

    I have to ask my whole family to do it since none of those accept mail application. i am now in step 5 and thinking whether it’s worth it to have this civil partnership :-)

    On top of that, i have to get the same clearance in two other countries I’ve lived in the past. Grrrrrrr

  53. Pam

    Thank you so much for posting this information! It had all been such a mystery. I am applying for dual citizenship and started collecting the required documents in 2003. Children halted my plans a bit. Do you think i could still us my birth certificates with letter of exemplification from 2003 or do I need to get a new one since more than a year has passed? I am finding conflicting information. Thank you kindly, Pam

  54. Hope

    Thanks for all the info, however, there is one question I have not seen addressed… How can you get the long copy of your birth certificate if you are adopted? (and born in NYC) I’ve tried through the mail and had my application rejected because I didn’t know my birth father’s name. I tried to go in person to 125 Worth St. with what information I did have and the woman basically shooed me away and said “NEXT!”…. Is there a way, without lying on an exemplification form, to get this long copy? Many thx…

  55. Rob

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’m trying to apply for Italina dual citizenship and when I went to the Web site and called 311, as noted on the site, they said they didn’t do the long form anymore. I just called vital records via the number you listed and an application is on the way!

  56. Virginia

    Hello, so glad I found this site. I live in France and I need to get an apostille(d???) copy of my birth certificate. I was born in New York and my main problem is how much of a hassle this will be because I’m overseaes. I may ask the help of my sister living in the US. Are the documents automatically mailed back to me after every step? Also, is there a faster way to do this. This all just too complicated especilly because Im out of the country.

  57. Sharon

    Dear Thomas,

    I just got the long form birth cert. by mail but am not sure about the letter of exemplification. is it a seperate letter? how does it look like?

    Thanks for your help and support

    Sharon

  58. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  59. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  60. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  61. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  62. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  63. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  64. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  65. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  66. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  67. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  68. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  69. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  70. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  71. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  72. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  73. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  74. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  75. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  76. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  77. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  78. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  79. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  80. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  81. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  82. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  83. Patrick

    UPDATE!!!

    First of all, thank you Thomas – you were the only site that made sense of this process – you are a lifesaver. I am now in the middle of step three for my marriage in Mexico…

    The New York Department of State has a new address:

    NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS UNIT
    1 COMMERCE PLAZA
    99 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    ALBANY, NEW YORK 12231
    (SAME PHONE NUMBER)

  84. Julie

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  110. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  111. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  112. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  113. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  114. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  115. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  116. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  117. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  118. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  119. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  120. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  121. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  122. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  123. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  124. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  125. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  126. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  127. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  128. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  129. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  130. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  131. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  132. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  133. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  134. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  135. aura

    Thank you! I am applying for dual Italian citizenship and had no idea that the birth certificate need to be in long form–your outline of the process helped save me so much time and headaches!

  136. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  137. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  138. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  139. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  140. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  141. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  142. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  143. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  144. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  145. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  146. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  147. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  148. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  149. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  150. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  151. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  152. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  153. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  154. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  155. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  156. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  157. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  158. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  159. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  160. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  161. loza

    Hello Thomas,

    What is the difference between the long the form and the short form? I lost my daughter´s birth certificate.
    I got one by phone 4 years ago but i cant tell wheter its a long form or short? do u have a sample?
    thanks

  162. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  163. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  164. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  165. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  166. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  167. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  168. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  169. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  170. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  171. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  172. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  173. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  174. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  175. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  176. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  177. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  178. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  179. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  180. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  181. doctorV23

    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your fine and instructive article. I am now at phase one of the process (Just sent the envelope to the Office of Vital Records) and following your directions. I have 2 questions here: Firstly what exactly is the letter of exemplification? I asked for this on the phone of course, along with the long form, but don't know what it means. The second question is about the payment: I was asked to pay $15.00 as opposed to 35, so I hope I haven't made a mistake :-)
    A basic fact that impresses me here is that a Birth Certificate, which bears an official seal of the U.S., is not accepted as proof that someone was born as stated. (What other purpose could this paper possibly have?)
    -thanks again for your guidence through this tunnel of bureaucracy.

  182. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  183. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  184. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  185. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  186. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  187. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  188. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  189. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  190. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  191. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  192. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  193. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  194. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  195. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  196. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  197. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  198. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  199. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  200. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  201. macarmen

    Hello Tom
    I'm applying for dual citizenship. My mother was born in New York and got back to Spain, when the war he and his family came to Mexico, now I can get the Spanich citizenship but I need my father´s birth certificate with aposille, how can I get it?

  202. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  203. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  204. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  205. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  206. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  207. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  208. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  209. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  210. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  211. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  212. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  213. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  214. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  215. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  216. Alice

    I was born in Mineola, NY (Long Island) What if you need to obtain a birth certificate with Apostille, How do you do that?

    When you order a long form birth certificate, do you ALSO have to request the
    letter of exemplification from them? and then get it “Authenticated” by the Secretary of State?

    I have an ORIGINAL LONG FORM Birth Certificate.

  217. D

    You can do it on line – check Apostill/Exemplification as the reason when completing the application.

  218. D

    You can do it on line – check Apostill/Exemplification as the reason when completing the application.

  219. D

    You can do it on line – check Apostill/Exemplification as the reason when completing the application.

  220. D

    You can do it on line – check Apostill/Exemplification as the reason when completing the application.

  221. D

    You can do it on line – check Apostill/Exemplification as the reason when completing the application.

  222. D

    You can do it on line – check Apostill/Exemplification as the reason when completing the application.

  223. D

    You can do it on line – check Apostill/Exemplification as the reason when completing the application.

  224. D

    You can do it on line – check Apostill/Exemplification as the reason when completing the application.

  225. D

    You can do it on line – check Apostill/Exemplification as the reason when completing the application.

  226. D

    You can do it on line – check Apostill/Exemplification as the reason when completing the application.

  227. D

    A Personal check is acceptable for the certification through the mail.

  228. D

    A Personal check is acceptable for the certification through the mail.

  229. D

    A Personal check is acceptable for the certification through the mail.

  230. D

    A Personal check is acceptable for the certification through the mail.

  231. D

    A Personal check is acceptable for the certification through the mail.

  232. D

    A Personal check is acceptable for the certification through the mail.

  233. D

    A Personal check is acceptable for the certification through the mail.

  234. D

    A Personal check is acceptable for the certification through the mail.

  235. D

    A Personal check is acceptable for the certification through the mail.

  236. D

    A Personal check is acceptable for the certification through the mail.

  237. Melba

    The thing about apostilles is that it can be very simple or extremely complicated depending on your situation. There's more information about the apostille process here, including step-by-step instructions.

  238. Melba

    The thing about apostilles is that it can be very simple or extremely complicated depending on your situation. There's more information about the apostille process here, including step-by-step instructions.

  239. Melba

    The thing about apostilles is that it can be very simple or extremely complicated depending on your situation. There's more information about the apostille process here, including step-by-step instructions.

  240. Melba

    The thing about apostilles is that it can be very simple or extremely complicated depending on your situation. There's more information about the apostille process here, including step-by-step instructions.

  241. Melba

    The thing about apostilles is that it can be very simple or extremely complicated depending on your situation. There's more information about the apostille process here, including step-by-step instructions.

  242. DMM

    Just received my Apostille Birth Certificate from NY in order for me get married in Quintana Roo, Mexico(Cancun). I followed all the instructions above, with a few exceptions. Step #1 can be completed on the internet through vitalchek. Just make sure you check the box that states “Apostille/Authentification” when completing the information on the request form. For step #2 you are permitted to send a $3 check for the certification to the County Clerk's office. Step #3 can either be mailed to the Manhattan or Albany NY Departement of State location. Either office will put the Apostille Seal on your documentation.
    With each step I sent the documentation “priority mail” and enclosed a self addressed stamped envelope (priority mail) from the USPS. The process took a little less than one month to complete. I was very pleased with how quickly each document was returned to me. Thanks for the guidance.

  243. DMM

    Just received my Apostille Birth Certificate from NY in order for me get married in Quintana Roo, Mexico(Cancun). I followed all the instructions above, with a few exceptions. Step #1 can be completed on the internet through vitalchek. Just make sure you check the box that states “Apostille/Authentification” when completing the information on the request form. For step #2 you are permitted to send a $3 check for the certification to the County Clerk's office. Step #3 can either be mailed to the Manhattan or Albany NY Departement of State location. Either office will put the Apostille Seal on your documentation.
    With each step I sent the documentation “priority mail” and enclosed a self addressed stamped envelope (priority mail) from the USPS. The process took a little less than one month to complete. I was very pleased with how quickly each document was returned to me. Thanks for the guidance.

  244. DMM

    Just received my Apostille Birth Certificate from NY in order for me get married in Quintana Roo, Mexico(Cancun). I followed all the instructions above, with a few exceptions. Step #1 can be completed on the internet through vitalchek. Just make sure you check the box that states “Apostille/Authentification” when completing the information on the request form. For step #2 you are permitted to send a $3 check for the certification to the County Clerk's office. Step #3 can either be mailed to the Manhattan or Albany NY Departement of State location. Either office will put the Apostille Seal on your documentation.
    With each step I sent the documentation “priority mail” and enclosed a self addressed stamped envelope (priority mail) from the USPS. The process took a little less than one month to complete. I was very pleased with how quickly each document was returned to me. Thanks for the guidance.

  245. DMM

    Just received my Apostille Birth Certificate from NY in order for me get married in Quintana Roo, Mexico(Cancun). I followed all the instructions above, with a few exceptions. Step #1 can be completed on the internet through vitalchek. Just make sure you check the box that states “Apostille/Authentification” when completing the information on the request form. For step #2 you are permitted to send a $3 check for the certification to the County Clerk's office. Step #3 can either be mailed to the Manhattan or Albany NY Departement of State location. Either office will put the Apostille Seal on your documentation.
    With each step I sent the documentation “priority mail” and enclosed a self addressed stamped envelope (priority mail) from the USPS. The process took a little less than one month to complete. I was very pleased with how quickly each document was returned to me. Thanks for the guidance.

  246. DMM

    Just received my Apostille Birth Certificate from NY in order for me get married in Quintana Roo, Mexico(Cancun). I followed all the instructions above, with a few exceptions. Step #1 can be completed on the internet through vitalchek. Just make sure you check the box that states “Apostille/Authentification” when completing the information on the request form. For step #2 you are permitted to send a $3 check for the certification to the County Clerk's office. Step #3 can either be mailed to the Manhattan or Albany NY Departement of State location. Either office will put the Apostille Seal on your documentation.
    With each step I sent the documentation “priority mail” and enclosed a self addressed stamped envelope (priority mail) from the USPS. The process took a little less than one month to complete. I was very pleased with how quickly each document was returned to me. Thanks for the guidance.

  247. MARIA

    Hello Thomas!

    So helpful, I was going crazy trying to find out how to get the apostille de la haya for my husband's birth certificate. I am from Spain and he is from New York, but his mother is from Spain and apparently we do need his birth certificate stamped so he can become a Spanish citizen.

    I wonder if your birth certificate had to be less than 6 months old, which is another of the requirements to become a Spanish citizen or to register our marriage in the Spanish consulate in New York.

    Also, my husband was born in North Tarrytown, Westchester county, should the address and the process be the same?

    Thank you so much for sharing that information!
    Maria

  248. MARIA

    Hello Thomas!

    So helpful, I was going crazy trying to find out how to get the apostille de la haya for my husband's birth certificate. I am from Spain and he is from New York, but his mother is from Spain and apparently we do need his birth certificate stamped so he can become a Spanish citizen.

    I wonder if your birth certificate had to be less than 6 months old, which is another of the requirements to become a Spanish citizen or to register our marriage in the Spanish consulate in New York.

    Also, my husband was born in North Tarrytown, Westchester county, should the address and the process be the same?

    Thank you so much for sharing that information!
    Maria

  249. MARIA

    Hello Thomas!

    So helpful, I was going crazy trying to find out how to get the apostille de la haya for my husband's birth certificate. I am from Spain and he is from New York, but his mother is from Spain and apparently we do need his birth certificate stamped so he can become a Spanish citizen.

    I wonder if your birth certificate had to be less than 6 months old, which is another of the requirements to become a Spanish citizen or to register our marriage in the Spanish consulate in New York.

    Also, my husband was born in North Tarrytown, Westchester county, should the address and the process be the same?

    Thank you so much for sharing that information!
    Maria

  250. MARIA

    Hello Thomas!

    So helpful, I was going crazy trying to find out how to get the apostille de la haya for my husband's birth certificate. I am from Spain and he is from New York, but his mother is from Spain and apparently we do need his birth certificate stamped so he can become a Spanish citizen.

    I wonder if your birth certificate had to be less than 6 months old, which is another of the requirements to become a Spanish citizen or to register our marriage in the Spanish consulate in New York.

    Also, my husband was born in North Tarrytown, Westchester county, should the address and the process be the same?

    Thank you so much for sharing that information!
    Maria

  251. MARIA

    Hello Thomas!

    So helpful, I was going crazy trying to find out how to get the apostille de la haya for my husband's birth certificate. I am from Spain and he is from New York, but his mother is from Spain and apparently we do need his birth certificate stamped so he can become a Spanish citizen.

    I wonder if your birth certificate had to be less than 6 months old, which is another of the requirements to become a Spanish citizen or to register our marriage in the Spanish consulate in New York.

    Also, my husband was born in North Tarrytown, Westchester county, should the address and the process be the same?

    Thank you so much for sharing that information!
    Maria

  252. I planned to marry in France, Chailly en Biere. I have all my certified copies, dated correctly and at the eleventh hour, the town hall says they require an Apostille for my certified birth certificate. The translator will not begin the process without it, therefore the wedding has to be postponed at a terrible cost. But all that being said, everything I find online says the apostille is only required for New York City births. I was born in Yonkers, NY. I wonder if the typical stereotype has occurred in that all New Yorkers to foreigners is New York City. Can you shed some light on this for my next venture to put the correct papers in place. My email is: [email protected]

  253. I planned to marry in France, Chailly en Biere. I have all my certified copies, dated correctly and at the eleventh hour, the town hall says they require an Apostille for my certified birth certificate. The translator will not begin the process without it, therefore the wedding has to be postponed at a terrible cost. But all that being said, everything I find online says the apostille is only required for New York City births. I was born in Yonkers, NY. I wonder if the typical stereotype has occurred in that all New Yorkers to foreigners is New York City. Can you shed some light on this for my next venture to put the correct papers in place. My email is: [email protected]

  254. I planned to marry in France, Chailly en Biere. I have all my certified copies, dated correctly and at the eleventh hour, the town hall says they require an Apostille for my certified birth certificate. The translator will not begin the process without it, therefore the wedding has to be postponed at a terrible cost. But all that being said, everything I find online says the apostille is only required for New York City births. I was born in Yonkers, NY. I wonder if the typical stereotype has occurred in that all New Yorkers to foreigners is New York City. Can you shed some light on this for my next venture to put the correct papers in place. My email is: [email protected]

  255. I planned to marry in France, Chailly en Biere. I have all my certified copies, dated correctly and at the eleventh hour, the town hall says they require an Apostille for my certified birth certificate. The translator will not begin the process without it, therefore the wedding has to be postponed at a terrible cost. But all that being said, everything I find online says the apostille is only required for New York City births. I was born in Yonkers, NY. I wonder if the typical stereotype has occurred in that all New Yorkers to foreigners is New York City. Can you shed some light on this for my next venture to put the correct papers in place. My email is: [email protected]

  256. I planned to marry in France, Chailly en Biere. I have all my certified copies, dated correctly and at the eleventh hour, the town hall says they require an Apostille for my certified birth certificate. The translator will not begin the process without it, therefore the wedding has to be postponed at a terrible cost. But all that being said, everything I find online says the apostille is only required for New York City births. I was born in Yonkers, NY. I wonder if the typical stereotype has occurred in that all New Yorkers to foreigners is New York City. Can you shed some light on this for my next venture to put the correct papers in place. My email is: [email protected]

  257. Great comments but while this info say–'…people born in New York City require an Apostille,” is not completely true. I was born in Yonkers and am being told that I need an Apostille. I just cannot imagine how to coordinate getting the birth certificate from Yonkers, and sending it to Albany for the Apostille and still comform to the 90 day prior time requirement when the town hall here wants it 21 days before the wedding date. Have others been using a outside company to obtain or doing it all themselves. This just seems conflicting in requirements. I do understand how people outside NY confuse the fact that New York State is NOT in New York City…lol Thanks…

  258. Great comments but while this info say–'…people born in New York City require an Apostille,” is not completely true. I was born in Yonkers and am being told that I need an Apostille. I just cannot imagine how to coordinate getting the birth certificate from Yonkers, and sending it to Albany for the Apostille and still comform to the 90 day prior time requirement when the town hall here wants it 21 days before the wedding date. Have others been using a outside company to obtain or doing it all themselves. This just seems conflicting in requirements. I do understand how people outside NY confuse the fact that New York State is NOT in New York City…lol Thanks…

  259. Great comments but while this info say–'…people born in New York City require an Apostille,” is not completely true. I was born in Yonkers and am being told that I need an Apostille. I just cannot imagine how to coordinate getting the birth certificate from Yonkers, and sending it to Albany for the Apostille and still comform to the 90 day prior time requirement when the town hall here wants it 21 days before the wedding date. Have others been using a outside company to obtain or doing it all themselves. This just seems conflicting in requirements. I do understand how people outside NY confuse the fact that New York State is NOT in New York City…lol Thanks…

  260. Great comments but while this info say–'…people born in New York City require an Apostille,” is not completely true. I was born in Yonkers and am being told that I need an Apostille. I just cannot imagine how to coordinate getting the birth certificate from Yonkers, and sending it to Albany for the Apostille and still comform to the 90 day prior time requirement when the town hall here wants it 21 days before the wedding date. Have others been using a outside company to obtain or doing it all themselves. This just seems conflicting in requirements. I do understand how people outside NY confuse the fact that New York State is NOT in New York City…lol Thanks…

  261. Great comments but while this info say–'…people born in New York City require an Apostille,” is not completely true. I was born in Yonkers and am being told that I need an Apostille. I just cannot imagine how to coordinate getting the birth certificate from Yonkers, and sending it to Albany for the Apostille and still comform to the 90 day prior time requirement when the town hall here wants it 21 days before the wedding date. Have others been using a outside company to obtain or doing it all themselves. This just seems conflicting in requirements. I do understand how people outside NY confuse the fact that New York State is NOT in New York City…lol Thanks…

  262. Francesca

    I too received the DownState info. I believe it's correct.

  263. Francesca

    I too received the DownState info. I believe it's correct.

  264. Francesca

    I too received the DownState info. I believe it's correct.

  265. Francesca

    I too received the DownState info. I believe it's correct.

  266. JamesSt

    If you ever need a California Apostille in 1-2 business days contact, Apostille Pros. They are located in Beverly Hills. They did everything perfectly. I was in New York; therefore, was unable to do it. They also took care of my son's birth certificate for Florida as well. Expedited that!

    http://apostillepros.com

    They translated everything as well. Very helpful!!!

  267. JamesSt

    If you ever need a California Apostille in 1-2 business days contact, Apostille Pros. They are located in Beverly Hills. They did everything perfectly. I was in New York; therefore, was unable to do it. They also took care of my son's birth certificate for Florida as well. Expedited that! Not sure how they were able to do that, but they took care of everything as well as translation.

    http://apostillepros.com

  268. JamesSt

    If you ever need a California Apostille in 1-2 business days contact, Apostille Pros. They are located in Beverly Hills. They did everything perfectly. I was in New York; therefore, was unable to do it. They also took care of my son's birth certificate for Florida as well. Expedited that! Not sure how they were able to do that, but they took care of everything as well as translation.

    http://apostillepros.com

  269. JamesSt

    If you ever need a California Apostille in 1-2 business days contact, Apostille Pros. They are located in Beverly Hills. They did everything perfectly. I was in New York; therefore, was unable to do it. They also took care of my son's birth certificate for Florida as well. Expedited that! Not sure how they were able to do that, but they took care of everything as well as translation.

    http://apostillepros.com

  270. cedric

    This information on the blog is very helpful, but this post is inaccurate in that VitalChek will not give you a Letter of Exemplification along with your birth certificate. You must go through directly, the Vitals Office.

  271. cedric

    This information on the blog is very helpful, but this post is inaccurate in that VitalChek will not give you a Letter of Exemplification along with your birth certificate. You must go through directly, the Vitals Office.

  272. cedric

    This information on the blog is very helpful, but this post is inaccurate in that VitalChek will not give you a Letter of Exemplification along with your birth certificate. You must go through directly, the Vitals Office.

  273. cedric

    This information on the blog is very helpful, but this post is inaccurate in that VitalChek will not give you a Letter of Exemplification along with your birth certificate. You must go through directly, the Vitals Office.

  274. john04401

    Hi All,

    Very informative. I am at step 2. My papers are confirmed received on 31-Aug. It is now 16-Aug. I call and asked what is the status. They tell me it will take at least another week or so.

    When I do call the person sometimes seems that they can not “find water in the ocean”.

    Has anyone else encountered this absurd bureaucratic delay from NYC cluck (clerk) office??

  275. john04401

    Hi All,

    Very informative. I am at step 2. My papers are confirmed received on 31-Aug. It is now 16-Aug. I call and asked what is the status. They tell me it will take at least another week or so.

    When I do call the person sometimes seems that they can not “find water in the ocean”.

    Has anyone else encountered this absurd bureaucratic delay from NYC cluck (clerk) office??

  276. john04401

    Hi All,

    Very informative. I am at step 2. My papers are confirmed received on 31-Aug. It is now 16-Aug. I call and asked what is the status. They tell me it will take at least another week or so.

    When I do call the person sometimes seems that they can not “find water in the ocean”.

    Has anyone else encountered this absurd bureaucratic delay from NYC cluck (clerk) office??

  277. john04401

    Hi All,

    Very informative. I am at step 2. My papers are confirmed received on 31-Aug. It is now 16-Aug. I call and asked what is the status. They tell me it will take at least another week or so.

    When I do call the person sometimes seems that they can not “find water in the ocean”.

    Has anyone else encountered this absurd bureaucratic delay from NYC cluck (clerk) office??

  278. john04401

    My previous comment: Dates are – Received by NYC on 31-Aug and not 16-Sept (not 16-Aug — woops!)

  279. john04401

    My previous comment: Dates are – Received by NYC on 31-Aug and not 16-Sept (not 16-Aug — woops!)

  280. john04401

    My previous comment: Dates are – Received by NYC on 31-Aug and not 16-Sept (not 16-Aug — woops!)

  281. john04401

    My previous comment: Dates are – Received by NYC on 31-Aug and not 16-Sept (not 16-Aug — woops!)

  282. alanmurray

    I process NY birth, death and marriage certificates on a regular basis for Apostille. This walk thru service takes less than a day, If you like to use my service, I available.

  283. alanmurray

    I process NY birth, death and marriage certificates on a regular basis for Apostille. This walk thru service takes less than a day, If you like to use my service, I available.

  284. leslie

    City residents do not have to mail docs to Albany–there is a Manhattan location:

    New York State Department of State
    Certification Unit
    123 William Street
    19th Floor
    New York NY–

    http://www.dos.state.ny.us/CORP/msrfaq.html

  285. leslie

    City residents do not have to mail docs to Albany–there is a Manhattan location:

    New York State Department of State
    Certification Unit
    123 William Street
    19th Floor
    New York NY–

    http://www.dos.state.ny.us/CORP/msrfaq.html

  286. Susan

    Hello, Derek.
    I just adopted my grandson to a family in China and will be traveling to visit in the near future. I was born in PA and need to know where I send or take my birth certificate to obtain the apostille. Any suggestions?
    I will be visiting PA for about 4 wks in Dec/Jan and thought I might be able to just “walk-in” and get it done.

  287. Susan

    Hello, Derek.
    I just adopted my grandson to a family in China and will be traveling to visit in the near future. I was born in PA and need to know where I send or take my birth certificate to obtain the apostille. Any suggestions?
    I will be visiting PA for about 4 wks in Dec/Jan and thought I might be able to just “walk-in” and get it done.

  288. Hank LoRicco

    While living in Paris seemed like this was going to be a problem, with your advice, it went pretty smoothly and all is wonderful in our world again. Many thanks. Merci', Bonne Journee, Au Revoir…

  289. Hank LoRicco

    While living in Paris seemed like this was going to be a problem, with your advice, it went pretty smoothly and all is wonderful in our world again. Many thanks. Merci', Bonne Journee, Au Revoir…

  290. peter nuzzi

    what would I do if I was born in Yonkers,NY to obtaim a apostilled birth certificate?

  291. peter nuzzi

    what would I do if I was born in Yonkers,NY to obtaim a apostilled birth certificate?

  292. peter nuzzi

    Hello,I will need my birth certificate(born yonkers,NY),my mothers,(Bronx)my fathers(bronx) their marriage certificate,my grandparents marriage(both Bronx certificate all apostilled.What would your fee be? I am in Italy and would like to have it done by some one who is currently in the US.P.Nuzzi

  293. peter nuzzi

    Hello,I will need my birth certificate(born yonkers,NY),my mothers,(Bronx)my fathers(bronx) their marriage certificate,my grandparents marriage(both Bronx certificate all apostilled.What would your fee be? I am in Italy and would like to have it done by some one who is currently in the US.P.Nuzzi

  294. hankloricco

    Be sure to get perfect clarification from the mayor of the town hall where you will marry. That is a must. In Europe, people tend to think New York City is in fact the State. So first I was told I did not need because I was born in Yonkers and at the 11th hour, they said I did need it. I used an outside agency to coordinate everything. Everything must be dated within 90 days but the town hall wants it 21 days ahead so it is pretty tight…..Bon Chance

  295. hankloricco

    Be sure to get perfect clarification from the mayor of the town hall where you will marry. That is a must. In Europe, people tend to think New York City is in fact the State. So first I was told I did not need because I was born in Yonkers and at the 11th hour, they said I did need it. I used an outside agency to coordinate everything. Everything must be dated within 90 days but the town hall wants it 21 days ahead so it is pretty tight…..Bon Chance

  296. Caitlin

    I had to pay $35! I hope you got it!

  297. Caitlin

    I had to pay $35! I hope you got it!

  298. doctorV23

    Well, they only asked for $15 for the long form- so that's what I paid – the difficult part was getting the money to them in an “acceptable form”. I sent $15.00 US by registered post after having had an international check, drawn up at an American bank, rejected. I do have my apostille now :-)

  299. doctorV23

    Well, they only asked for $15 for the long form- so that's what I paid – the difficult part was getting the money to them in an “acceptable form”. I sent $15.00 US by registered post after having had an international check, drawn up at an American bank, rejected. I do have my apostille now :-)

  300. Caitlin

    Must be because I did it online with VitalCheck and it cost $35 for the long birth certificate and exemplification letter. Now my father's sending that with the $3 check to get notarized. Let's hope that that goes smoothly so that he can send out for my apostille soon. What a long process! Congrats on having your apostille!

  301. Caitlin

    Must be because I did it online with VitalCheck and it cost $35 for the long birth certificate and exemplification letter. Now my father's sending that with the $3 check to get notarized. Let's hope that that goes smoothly so that he can send out for my apostille soon. What a long process! Congrats on having your apostille!

  302. Caitlin

    I wrote a US check so I won't have any problem. Thanks!

  303. Caitlin

    I wrote a US check so I won't have any problem. Thanks!

  304. Ger

    The street name on step 2 is Centre St., You can take in your documents from 9 – 4 and on Step 3 they are opened from 9 – 3.30

  305. Ger

    The street name on step 2 is Centre St., You can take in your documents from 9 – 4 and on Step 3 they are opened from 9 – 3.30

  306. Thank you very much for sharing this information, especially the details on Birth Certificate. Do you remember how long it took to get the mail request done for an Apostille from Dept of State?

  307. Thank you very much for sharing this information, especially the details on Birth Certificate. Do you remember how long it took to get the mail request done for an Apostille from Dept of State?

  308. anastasiasergey

    Excuse me, how can I make an Apostille of a NY Birth Certificate as soon as possible?

  309. anastasiasergey

    Excuse me, how can I make an Apostille of a NY Birth Certificate as soon as possible?

  310. Marjolyn Conrad

    Thank you Thomas! I will follow all the steps to acquire the sought after Apostille for my son, who just found out today that he can also become a Dutch citizen. Hope you are still happily married and living in France.

  311. Marjolyn Conrad

    Thank you Thomas! I will follow all the steps to acquire the sought after Apostille for my son, who just found out today that he can also become a Dutch citizen. Hope you are still happily married and living in France.

  312. angelmoreno

    Apostilles

    ——————————————————————————–

    What is an “Apostille” or “Authentication?”

    •Since October 15, 1981, the United States has been part of the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined the convention. Under the Hague Convention, signatory countries have agreed to recognize public documents issued by other signatory countries if those public documents are authenticated by the attachment of an internationally recognized form of authentication known as an “apostille.” The apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country.

    •When a document is to be used in a foreign country, it may be necessary to authenticate the notarization or certification. Foreign countries often require documents to be authenticated before the documents will be accepted in the foreign jurisdiction. An “authentication” certifies the signature and the position of the official who has executed, issued or certified a copy of a document.

    •The sole function of the apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document; the capacity in which the person signing the document acted; and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document.

    •An apostille issued by the New York State Secretary of State is a one page document embossed with the Great Seal of the State of New York. The apostille includes the facsimile signature of the individual issuing the certificate.

    ——————————————————————————–

    How do I obtain an Apostille or Authentication?

    •All birth and death records originating from the five boroughs of New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island) must be certified together with a Letter of Exemplification by contacting the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 125 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013. The Letter of Exemplification must be requested when ordering the birth or death certificate. The telephone number of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is (212) 788-4500 or (212) 669-2400. This service is not available online. The original document must then be presented to the New York County Clerk’s office to verify the signature of the City Clerk. The New York County Clerk is located at 60 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007. The document can then be presented to the New York State Department of State for authentication.

    •All marriage records originating from the five boroughs of New York City (Bronx, Kings, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) must be obtained from the Marriage Bureau, Municipal Center, 1 Centre Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10007. Obtain a certified copy of the marriage certificate with an original signature of the City Clerk. The document must then be presented to the County Clerk's Office in the county where the document was obtained to verify the signature of the City Clerk. The document can then be presented to the New York State Department of State for authentication.

    •All birth, death, marriage and divorce records issued outside of the five counties of New York City can be obtained from the New York State Department of Health, Certification Unit, Vital Records Section, PO Box 2602, Albany, NY 12220-2602. The document can then be presented to the New York State Department of State for authentication.

    •Birth, death, marriage and divorce records issued outside of the five counties of New York City may also be obtained directly from the local registrar or town clerk of the city, town or village where the birth, death, marriage or divorce occurred. The original document must then be presented to the county clerk's office in the county where the document was obtained for certification. (It is suggested that you contact the county clerk's office prior to obtaining the records to determine if their office can certify documents obtained from a local authority.) The document can then be presented to the New York State Department of State for authentication.

    •Education documents (transcripts, diplomas or certificates) must be obtained from an official of the school, college or university who must certify that the document is an official record or a true copy of the original document. The official's signature must be notarized by a notary public. The document must then be presented to the County Clerk's Office in the county where the notary public is qualified to certify the signature of the notary public. The document can then be presented to the New York State Department of State for authentication.

    •All other documents submitted to the New York State Department of State for authentication must first be notarized and then have the notary's signature certified at the county clerk's office where the notary is qualified. The county clerk's office will affix its seal and signature to the document.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Submitting your Document to the Department of State

    •Albany Office – The document, together with the $10 fee, may be mailed to the Department of State, State Records, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231 for authentication. The country where the document is being sent to must be specified. The telephone number is (518) 473-2293. You may also bring your document to the Albany Office for processing between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

    •New York City Office – The document, together with the $10 fee, may be mailed to the Department of State, Certification Unit, 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038. The country where the document is being sent to must be specified. The telephone number is (212) 417-5684. You may also bring your document to the New York City Office for processing between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

    •Processing documents submitted by mail is usually completed within 2 to 4 business days. To assist our office in processing your document in a timely manner, you may wish to include a daytime telephone number so that we may contact you should any questions arise.

    •Documents may be submitted in person at either of the above offices. Processing a document submitted in person is usually completed while you wait.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Fees

  313. Marjolyn Conrad

    An update on step One in the process of getting the vault/long birth certificate. You have to do it now via the internet, they will not help you via the phone. There is at one point in the online process an dropdown list, which asks your reason for obtaining this birth certificate and you need to answer with the Apostille answer. This will automatically get you the letter of exemplification. The cost is $15.- plus the Vital Check fee $8.30 and the Carrier fee $15.- (UPS)

    I have just received the vault copy, hooray and will move on to step 2. I will call them (New York County Clerk's office) first just in case this has changed to.
    Your blog was still the most helpful in this process.

  314. Marjolyn Conrad

    An update on step One in the process of getting the vault/long birth certificate. You have to do it now via the internet, they will not help you via the phone. There is at one point in the online process an dropdown list, which asks your reason for obtaining this birth certificate and you need to answer with the Apostille answer. This will automatically get you the letter of exemplification. The cost is $15.- plus the Vital Check fee $8.30 and the Carrier fee $15.- (UPS)

    I have just received the vault copy, hooray and will move on to step 2. I will call them (New York County Clerk's office) first just in case this has changed to.
    Your blog was still the most helpful in this process.

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  316. Jeremy Yost

    Vital check now offeres the long form, when ordering the birth certificate for new york under reason select apostille and then they will get the long form and the letter of exepmlification. I just did it for my self on 2/5/2010 Had no issues and i took it to albany my self to get apostilled. Thanks to your site i knew where to get my nyc certificate notarised by the county clerk. Just wanted to let you guys know.

  317. Jeremy Yost

    Vital check now offeres the long form, when ordering the birth certificate for new york under reason select apostille and then they will get the long form and the letter of exepmlification. I just did it for my self on 2/5/2010 Had no issues and i took it to albany my self to get apostilled. Thanks to your site i knew where to get my nyc certificate notarised by the county clerk. Just wanted to let you guys know.

  318. Elizabeth

    Thomas,
    I was born in Manhattan and am currently back, but only until Sunday. I have my Long Form Birth Certificate (wish I had read this before I ordered the short form one through VitalCheck and then had to deal with getting a Long Form one…ugh!). My question is: is there any way to do this IN PERSON? I don't think I have time to deal with post (as I am only here until Sunday), so I was wondering if you knew of a way to expedite the process?
    All advice is much appreciated!
    Thanks!

  319. Elizabeth

    Thomas,
    I was born in Manhattan and am currently back, but only until Sunday. I have my Long Form Birth Certificate (wish I had read this before I ordered the short form one through VitalCheck and then had to deal with getting a Long Form one…ugh!). My question is: is there any way to do this IN PERSON? I don't think I have time to deal with post (as I am only here until Sunday), so I was wondering if you knew of a way to expedite the process?
    All advice is much appreciated!
    Thanks!

  320. JY

    Hey everyone, I have just ordered my long copy. I ordered it via vital check but it took over a month. I keyed in the wrong year and Vitalcheck does not deal with NYC certificates. After spending hours on hold I finally have it in hand. I live in Albany now and once i got the certificate i overnighted it to the county clerk. They sent it back to me via per paid postage and then i brought it to the DPT of state in albany and got my apostille. I also helped my friend order his it took 2 weeks for his. They say 5-10 days. On the order select the option for apostille and they give you the long form and the leter of exemplifacation.

  321. JY

    Hey everyone, I have just ordered my long copy. I ordered it via vital check but it took over a month. I keyed in the wrong year and Vitalcheck does not deal with NYC certificates. After spending hours on hold I finally have it in hand. I live in Albany now and once i got the certificate i overnighted it to the county clerk. They sent it back to me via per paid postage and then i brought it to the DPT of state in albany and got my apostille. I also helped my friend order his it took 2 weeks for his. They say 5-10 days. On the order select the option for apostille and they give you the long form and the leter of exemplifacation.

  322. JY

    Also view this site to get more information on the apostille.

    For out side of the city you can just order it from the DEPT of vital statistics via the vitalcheck or goto the town clerk where you were born and get the long form. Then take it to the county clerk of where you were born and have them sign off on it. Then take it to the dept of state.

  323. JY

    Also view this site to get more information on the apostille.

    For out side of the city you can just order it from the DEPT of vital statistics via the vitalcheck or goto the town clerk where you were born and get the long form. Then take it to the county clerk of where you were born and have them sign off on it. Then take it to the dept of state.

  324. jjjj

    I just hit a roadblock in obtaining my Italian citizenship. I was born in NY to an Italian father but my mother had my stepfather adopt me when I was 10. I just found out that I can't get a copy of my original birth certificate without petitioning the court by hiring a lawyer.

    Anyone have any experience with this?

  325. jjjj

    I just hit a roadblock in obtaining my Italian citizenship. I was born in NY to an Italian father but my mother had my stepfather adopt me when I was 10. I just found out that I can't get a copy of my original birth certificate without petitioning the court by hiring a lawyer.

    Anyone have any experience with this?

  326. TorontoCanada

    I am trying to order a birth certificate from New York to Canada. Tried calling the Bureau of Vital Records as mentioned above but they said I have to order it through VitalCheck. When I try to order it through VitalCheck I get an error on the province when trying to enter my address. I finally found a way around this my first typing in a US address then changing it to a Canadian address but then it asks me for my social security card for verification. I don’t have a social security card so I could not order it. Has anybody else had these issues when ordering the birth certificate?

  327. TorontoCanada

    I am trying to order a birth certificate from New York to Canada. Tried calling the Bureau of Vital Records as mentioned above but they said I have to order it through VitalCheck. When I try to order it through VitalCheck I get an error on the province when trying to enter my address. I finally found a way around this my first typing in a US address then changing it to a Canadian address but then it asks me for my social security card for verification. I don’t have a social security card so I could not order it. Has anybody else had these issues when ordering the birth certificate?

  328. Belinda

    Thank you so so much for this information!!

  329. Belinda

    Thank you so so much for this information!!

  330. Sue

    Could you please inform me as to how to contact you? Thx.

  331. Sue

    Could you please inform me as to how to contact you? Thx.

  332. celestembeato

    THE INFO IS GREAT…I NEED TO GET A LEGALIZED/APOSTILLE BIRTH CERTIFICATE FROM NEW YORK , BORN IN MANHATTAN..WILL BE USED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR LEGAL PURPOSES..

    WHAT IS THE CORRECT PROCEDURE?????????????HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  333. celestembeato

    THE INFO IS GREAT…I NEED TO GET A LEGALIZED/APOSTILLE BIRTH CERTIFICATE FROM NEW YORK , BORN IN MANHATTAN..WILL BE USED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR LEGAL PURPOSES..

    WHAT IS THE CORRECT PROCEDURE?????????????HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  334. guest

    I just ordered a New York State birth certificate (not NYC), and I ordered it through VitalChek before seeing this website. I was able to call up VitalChek, and after about 30 mins on hold, I was able to update the order so that they would send me the long form. There is no option to do this online, but if you call them up, you may be able to have them make the change (depending on what state's records you are ordering). It took about 1 minute after I got through to someone, and it didn't cost me any extra money.

  335. guest

    I just ordered a New York State birth certificate (not NYC), and I ordered it through VitalChek before seeing this website. I was able to call up VitalChek, and after about 30 mins on hold, I was able to update the order so that they would send me the long form. There is no option to do this online, but if you call them up, you may be able to have them make the change (depending on what state's records you are ordering). It took about 1 minute after I got through to someone, and it didn't cost me any extra money.

  336. RadioGirl

    Hey Celeste! I'm doing the same thing for Dominican republic, i think we follow the same procedure and then when all the papers are done take them to the Dominican Embassy at 1501 broadway (4th fl) to apply for a Cedula, to finish the process.
    Good luck!

  337. RadioGirl

    Hey Celeste! I'm doing the same thing for Dominican republic, i think we follow the same procedure and then when all the papers are done take them to the Dominican Embassy at 1501 broadway (4th fl) to apply for a Cedula, to finish the process.
    Good luck!

  338. RadioGirl

    Thomas, thank you so much for blogging this. As an american born girl trying to get dual citizenship for Dominican Republic, it has been a bit challenging due to the language barrier.i tired to go to the Dominican Embassy to get some information, but the paperwork and staff mainly speak SPanish and I had some trouble deciphering the information I was given. My parents were both born there and I'm heading out there to take care of some business matters, so when someone suggested getting a dual citizenship to facilitate the process. My head spun. But you have made this such an easy process! just wanted to thank you for my making my life a little easier!

  339. RadioGirl

    Thomas, thank you so much for blogging this. As an american born girl trying to get dual citizenship for Dominican Republic, it has been a bit challenging due to the language barrier.i tired to go to the Dominican Embassy to get some information, but the paperwork and staff mainly speak SPanish and I had some trouble deciphering the information I was given. My parents were both born there and I'm heading out there to take care of some business matters, so when someone suggested getting a dual citizenship to facilitate the process. My head spun. But you have made this such an easy process! just wanted to thank you for my making my life a little easier!

  340. Aaa

    Does anyone ever answer this number? I can't seem to get through:

    Bureau of Vital Records
    125 Worth Street NY, NY 10013
    Tel: 212-788-4500

  341. Claudio

    They Never Pick up, just got threw there website it works took me 2 weeks to get My Birth Certificate

  342. paul c

    peter did you ever live in boston around 1969

  343. EvannaR

    Does anyone know if walk-in application, in Bureau of Vital Records
    125 Worth Street NY, NY 10013, are processed on the same day??
    Do I get my birth certificate with the letter of exemplification on the
    same day if I apply in person????

  344. Alicia

    The VitalCheck service does actually offer a long form birth certificate, you just have to specify LONG FORM when prompted for reason for needing birth certificate.
    hope that helps!

  345. Dean

    Hi,

    I know somebody already mentioned this, but can anyone confirm that if you order a NYC birth certificate from VitalCheck, and select the Apostille/Authentication option from the drop down menu, that they will send you a LONG FORM copy along with THE LETTER OF EXEMPLIFICATION?

    Also, assuming they send you both, does it still have to go to Manhattan County for certification, or can it go straight up to Albany for the apostille?

    Thank you in advance.

  346. Henning

    Hi, thanks to this blog entry, I was able to quickly get my apostille. To confirm information of the original entry and the comments (and the information of the link at the end of this comment), I post my experience for others.

    ======================
    Step 1: Order Birth Certificate for Apostille at VitalChek

    I placed an order at http://www.vitalchek.com choosing as Reason: “Apostille/Authentification”. I used the UPS Air shipping offer for the 20 miles distance to be covered so as to get 5-10 business days processing time (processing time currently averages 15-30 business days via regular mail). My order was placed online the day before the Memorial Day weekend.
    To give an idea of the actual times experienced, here is the info from the Order Status page on http://www.vitalchek.com .
    ————
    Your order was received by VitalChek on Friday, May 28, 2010.
    Your identity has been verified.
    Your payment was received.
    Your order was transferred to New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene on Wednesday, June 02, 2010.
    Your order was shipped via UPS Air on Monday, June 14, 2010.
    ————
    The order arrived in NY 10706 on Tuesday, June 15, 2010.
    Enclosed were:
    1) my certificate of birth as a “The City of New York Vital Records Certificate”
    2) a letter of “exemplification of birth or death record” stating that the “foregoing transcript is a true copy of said original record, identified as” (followed by the certificate number)

  347. Henning

    ======================
    Step 2: Obtain certification by Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department

    The current address is:
    NY County Clerk, Attention Notary Department
60 Center Street
    New York, NY 10007

    My father went in person, paid $3 and walked out of the office 10 minutes later with the certified letter of exemplification.

    ======================
    Step 3: Obtain apostille from New York State Department of State

    The current NYC office address is:
    New York State Department of State
    Certification Unit
    123 William Street
    19th Floor
    New York, NY 10038

    My father went in person (10 minute walk from the 60 Center Street office), paid $10 and walked out of the office 7 minutes later with the apostille.

    End product: 3 pages stapled together

    Page 1: document from New York State Department of State (from Step 3)
    Page 2: letter of exemplification from birth certificate from New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene obtained through VitalChek (from Step 1) with a slip of paper (certification) stapled on it and stamped by Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department (from Step 2)
    Page 3: birth certificate from New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene obtained through VitalChek (from Step 1)

  348. Henning

    ======================
    Step 2: Obtain certification by Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department

    The current address is:
    NY County Clerk, Attention Notary Department
60 Center Street
    New York, NY 10007

    My father went in person, paid $3 and walked out of the office 10 minutes later with the certified letter of exemplification.

    ======================
    Step 3: Obtain apostille from New York State Department of State

    The current NYC office address is:
    New York State Department of State
    Certification Unit
    123 William Street
    19th Floor
    New York, NY 10038

    My father went in person (10 minute walk from the 60 Center Street office), paid $10 and walked out of the office 7 minutes later with the apostille.

    End product: 3 pages stapled together

    Page 1: document from New York State Department of State (from Step 3)
    Page 2: letter of exemplification from birth certificate from New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene obtained through VitalChek (from Step 1) with a slip of paper (certification) stapled on it and stamped by Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department (from Step 2)
    Page 3: birth certificate from New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene obtained through VitalChek (from Step 1)

  349. Henning

    ======================
    Step 2: Obtain certification by Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department

    The current address is:
    NY County Clerk, Attention Notary Department
    
60 Center Street
    New York, NY 10007

    My father went in person, paid $3 and walked out of the office 10 minutes later with the certified letter of exemplification.

  350. Henning

    ======================
    Step 2: Obtain certification by Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department

    The current address is:
    NY County Clerk, Attention Notary Department
60 Center Street
    New York, NY 10007

    My father went in person, paid 3 dollars and walked out of the office 10 minutes later with the certified letter of exemplification.

    ======================
    Step 3: Obtain apostille from New York State Department of State

    The current NYC office address is:
    New York State Department of State
    Certification Unit
    123 William Street
    19th Floor
    New York, NY 10038

    My father went in person (10 minute walk from the 60 Center Street office), paid 10 dollars and walked out of the office 7 minutes later with the apostille.

    End product: 3 pages stapled together

    Page 1: document from New York State Department of State (from Step 3)
    Page 2: letter of exemplification from birth certificate from New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene obtained through VitalChek (from Step 1) with a slip of paper (certification) stapled on it and stamped by Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department (from Step 2)
    Page 3: birth certificate from New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene obtained through VitalChek (from Step 1)

    ======================
    New (?) official NYS page on obtaining apostles

    The webpage http://www.dos.state.ny.us/corps/apostille.html has a very good description of the apostille process (including addresses of the various offices involved. It could be that the page hasn't existed in this form all too long, as it mentions a very recent slight revision in the method in which NYS DoS produces apostilles. Effective April 15, 2010, apostilles will be produced with a black and white laser printed facsimile of the New York State Department of State Seal. The Great Seal of the State of New York will no longer be embossed either directly on any apostille or on a gold foil wafer placed on an apostille.

    I will comment on one point. The page states regarding the obtaining of the documents form NYCDo Mental Hygiene: “This service is not available online.” While this is technically true (not available from the city's website), online orders via http://www.vitalchek.com are possible (see my experience above).

    ======================
    Advice: My 2 cents

    If you are abroad and have someone near NYC to do steps 2 and 3 (big thank-you to my parents!), get an additional copy from VitalChek, so that at the end of the day you have two apostilles – one to send via mail/courier, and the other as a redundant backup (i.e. to bring in person or to have stored at your parents). In case something goes wrong with the shipment, you will be glad to have invested the extra 15+3+10 dollars.

    For people in an extreme hurry, order from VitalChek now. (My mother went to the New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene in person on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 and chose the fast shipping option. The birth certificate from that order has not yet arrived.)

    Today is Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Time from reading this blog page to apostille: 18 days (11 business days)!

    Thank you, Thomas Crampton! Thank you, all those who posted comments!

    Please post your experiences in the future (just a quick note to confirm it worked for you on mm/dd/yyyy), as it helps those who have no experience with the process.

    [Posted in two parts, because original post was not accepted. Took me a while to figure out that dollar signs are not accepted in comments.]

  351. Henning

    ======================
    Step 2: Obtain certification by Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department

    The current address is:
    NY County Clerk, Attention Notary Department
60 Center Street
    New York, NY 10007

    My father went in person, paid 3 dollars and walked out of the office 10 minutes later with the certified letter of exemplification.

  352. Henning

    [Pardon the split post, but the complete post wasn't accepted the first time around and it took me a while to figure out which special characters to remove from the second half.

    Part 1 of 2 is the next comment. This is part 2 of 2.]

    ======================
    Step 2: Obtain certification by Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department

    The current address is:
    NY County Clerk, Attention Notary Department
60 Center Street
    New York, NY 10007

    My father went in person, paid 3 dollars and walked out of the office 10 minutes later with the certified letter of exemplification.

    ======================
    Step 3: Obtain apostille from New York State Department of State

    The current NYC office address is:
    New York State Department of State
    Certification Unit
    123 William Street
    19th Floor
    New York, NY 10038

    My father went in person (10 minute walk from the 60 Center Street office), paid 10 dollars and walked out of the office 7 minutes later with the apostille.

    End product: 3 pages stapled together

    Page 1: document from New York State Department of State (from Step 3)
    Page 2: letter of exemplification from birth certificate from New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene obtained through VitalChek (from Step 1) with a slip of paper (certification) stapled on it and stamped by Manhattan County Clerk Notary Department (from Step 2)
    Page 3: birth certificate from New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene obtained through VitalChek (from Step 1)

    ======================
    New (?) official NYS page on obtaining apostles

    The webpage http://www.dos.state.ny.us/corps/apostille.html has a very good description of the apostille process (including addresses of the various offices involved. It could be that the page hasn't existed in this form all too long, as it mentions a very recent slight revision in the method in which NYS DoS produces apostilles. Effective April 15, 2010, apostilles will be produced with a black and white laser printed facsimile of the New York State Department of State Seal. The Great Seal of the State of New York will no longer be embossed either directly on any apostille or on a gold foil wafer placed on an apostille.

    I will comment on one point. The page states regarding the obtaining of the documents form NYCDo Mental Hygiene: “This service is not available online.” While this is technically true (not available from the city's website), online orders via http://www.vitalchek.com are possible (see my experience above).

    ======================
    Advice: My 2 cents

    If you are abroad and have someone near NYC to do steps 2 and 3 (big thank-you to my parents!), get an additional copy from VitalChek, so that at the end of the day you have two apostilles – one to send via mail/courier, and the other as a redundant backup (i.e. to bring in person or to have stored at your parents). In case something goes wrong with the shipment, you will be glad to have invested the extra 15+3+10 dollars.

    For people in an extreme hurry, order from VitalChek now. (My mother went to the New York City Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene in person on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 and chose the fast shipping option. The birth certificate from that order has not yet arrived.)

    Today is Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Time from reading this blog page to apostille: 18 days (11 business days)!

    Thank you, Thomas Crampton! Thank you, all those who posted comments!

    Please post your experiences in the future (just a quick note to confirm it worked for you on mm/dd/yyyy), as it helps those who have no experience with the process.

  353. Neil

    The information here sent me in the right direction, and I have some information to add. It may already be in the comments, but I'm not up to reading through all 123 of them to find out, so apologies if this is redundant.

    A birth certificate can be ordered directly from:

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/vr/vr.shtml

    The website includes a link to a table of frequently updated turnaround times. It appears that the fastest method is to order online.

    According to a phone representative, if you select “Apostilling/Authentication” as the reason for needing the birth certificate, it will come with a letter of exemplification.

  354. nikki m

    i have the same question does it still go to the county or can it go straight to Albany?

  355. Nmecion

    do I have to go to Manhattan town clerk, if my parents were born in Kings County (Brooklyn) to go through the steps of an apostille ?

  356. Breezymeadow

    Thank you for explaining the process in this detail. I called NYC 311 twice and once at the Birth Certificate section for this info. Those people who answer the phones do NOT know what they are saying, they are apparently NOT TRAINED. They do not know about the process to attain the vault copy, and that it needs to get certified at a different location, and that the APOSTILLE is a THIRD STEP. They kept referring me to the County Clerk for an Apostille! One of them — in the Birth Records section got so frustrated with me that she suddenly put me on hold for 3 minutes (I thought to ask her superiors) but then after coming back, she still had no answer and hung up on me. DUMB AS DOORKNOBS!

  357. Mark

    I hope this works. I just ordered mine this way before reading this blog post and your comment. In my case, I need this (along with apostilled copies of my father's certificate of naturalization and my parent's marriage certificate) to get dual Austrian citizenship.

  358. Pierre

    It didn't work for me. Although I select Apostilling/Authentification, I got an useless short form. I had to do it again… through the mail this time.

  359. Andrea

    thanks sooooo much for this info! The NY Vital Statistics website was confusing and didn't include enough information!

  360. andrea

    Pierre,
    Did you get the letter of exemplification with it or just the short form birth certificate? wondering b/c I already order it through vital check as well and did as you did, selecting the apostille as reason for ordering…

  361. andrea

    It won't let you check box for long form AND apostille at the same time though

  362. andrea

    I just received my birth certificate/ letter of exemplification that I ordered 2 weeks ago through the online vital check system which I paid 38.00 for…I checked the apostille box when ordering and while they did send me the long form birth certificate AND the letter of exemplification, IT WAS NOT MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE BUT SOMEONE ELSE'S!!! Now, trying to get the situation fixed is proving to be a HUGE headache!! Will post when and how I get it resolved in case this happens to anyone else. So far have sent email correspondence through the respective websites to both Vital Check and the NYC Dept. of Mental health and hygene. If anyone else has had this problem please post me!

  363. Tanya

    Thank you VERY much!

  364. Specialpk

    This is awesome. Thank you for the heads up, I hope I can get this done quickly.

  365. YoYo

    I live in France so should i :
    1. get the doc in step1 by mail in France
    2. mail them back to NYC for step2
    3. get them again in France by mail and mail them back again for step3
    4. then receive the apostille in France ????
    your help will be very much appreciated

  366. Donaoroz

    yes, if you select Apostille/Authentication option, you will receive the long form. To your second question, yes you still need to send to the Manhattan County Clerk before you go to the Department of State for the actual apostille.

  367. Din

    Yeah after 3hrs on the phone, and what a headache for no good reason because the people who answer phone have no idea how to help you. Oh and dont call after 1200pm because you will be on hold until they close and without ever getting an answer or talking to someone.

    Goodluck…. Call 311 and complain they need to get that department fixed.

  368. As in most states, but speaking for Texas there is ONLY one place for every county/city in TX to get an apostille done. That is downtown Austin, TX at the Texas Secretary of State’s office. We provide same day, next day and two day apostille service to people and companies around the world for the state of Texas. You simple mail us via snail mail or overnight mail your documents and then choose how fast you want your documents back.
    http://www.mobileaustinnotary.com
    512-318-2500

  369. Peter

    I suggest to contact an apostille service in New York (http://tinyurl.com/36owpwk), it will be time & cost effective. You may want to shop around for price but I recommend Translation & Apostille Services (www.flatratetranslation.com). They are knowledgeable super-responsive.

  370. Mama Cele

    WELL..SOUNDS SIMPLE ENOUGH —-I WILL FOLLOW STEP BY STEP…I AM IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC …AWAY I GO I WISH ME LUCK

  371. chisa

    Ana, have you got the corrected birth certificate for your daughter?
    I have the same problem with my son’s birth certificate ( born in Apr 27, 2010). It arrived in mail 2 weeks after he was born and of course it was wrong. So I made the correction on June 24 through the hospital he was born. When I called the hospital in Aug, they said it was claimed June 30 and correction was made on July 1st. Today is Sep 30, 2010 and I still haven’t received it.
    I made several phone calls to the hospital during Sep but only thing they can tell me was that it’s not their responsibility to mail it to us but the US gov’s.
    I don’t know what to do. The person in charge of correction at NY State Dep of Health is supposed to call me today but still haven’t heard from her.
    Does anyone have the same or similar problem?

  372. Skyhigh081

    Oh no.. Good luck, I have dealt with that headache. Have you solved the situation to this problem?

  373. Skyhigh081

    Oh no.. Good luck, I have dealt with that headache. Have you solved the situation to this problem?

  374. Notsotupelohoney

    Thank you so much for this information. I almost ordered certs last month, but was afraid because the form didn't ask enough questions for me to be sure i would receive the right documents.

    I feel much better about doing this over the phone. THANK YOU!

  375. Suyenthornhill

    Thanks, a lot of the prices have gone up, and I used the website you suggested and they did it for $230 including fedexing the birth certificate back to me in London. I sent it Thursday and he had it back in the post on Friday afternoon – well worth spending the cash. Apparently you can get the apostille on the original birth so we cut out step one – but your blog was a great saviour – many thanks again.

  376. ms1983

    Andrea–

    For you and anyone else in New York City who wants more personal attention and not a conveyor-belt mentality, I would highly recommend http://www.apostillenewyorknyservices.... One person handles your documents from start to finish to avoid mixups like yours.

  377. Doncariddi

    FYI – I did order via VitalCheck and just make sure you select 'FOR APOSTILLE' and it did come within 2 weeks from NYC. Realize I did try to do this through the mail with NYC and after 12-14 weeks still did not receive anything, clearly it is 'lost' in NYC. I have a friend that did the same thing, going through NYC through the Mail is a lost cause.

    I was able to get documents from Italy, non-NYC towns in NY and from other states with NO PROBLEMS, however, NYC is the ultimate in efficiency and red-tape.

  378. Ayincast El Hondureno

    Thomas,

    Thank you very much…I am not sure of the prices but here is the latest in the steps that need to be performed.

    http://www.dos.state.ny.us/cor

    It's all there. The above url and steps are currents as of 3/23/11

    Regards,

    “In the same boat…just for a different country!” LOL!

  379. Lil_trome

    hey just want to know after i recieve my nyc B.C. w/ letter of exemplification & mail it to the manhattan county clerk to get notarized can they mail off to albany to get apostilled or should i just have them mail it back to me & do it myself?

  380. Elizabeth

    Thomas, I successfully ordered my son's birth certificate with the letter of exemplification through the online VitalChek. You just need to indicate its purpose as apostille. Thanks so much for this helpful post.

  381. Katia

    Thomas, long form birth certificates with a letter of exemplification can now be ordered through Vitalcheck. You just need to select the Apostille option.

  382. There is an erroneous comment related to a critical area of the apostille process noted here: that you cannot get anything but the short-form of the birth certificate from Vitalchek.com.  This is simply not true. A client of mine from Manhattan just ordered a birth certificate through Vitalchek (I actually sat with her while she ordered it) and she checked off “apostille” as the reason for getting the birth certificate and got exactly what she needed to obtain an apostille: the long-form birth certificate and the Letter of Exemplification.  

    If you need assistance with obtaining your apostilles in Manhattan, you can contact us at http://www.apostillenewyorknyservices... or by calling 917-693-3692.–Mike

  383. Kkbraak

    I was able to obtain a long form birth certificate through the VitalChek system.

  384. London

    I live in London and have just used Foreign Documents Express for my american birth certificate. It took them exactly eight days from the time the fedex driver left my house to the time he delivered my birth certificate again.

    I would highly recommend you use them.

  385. JH

    I think that the instructions need to be updated:
    According to the New York Department of State, there's an Apostille request form that needs to be filled out for mail requests: Apostille/Certificate of Authentication Request Form , and it asks that you attach a self-addressed/stamped return envelope.I'm going through this now – it took about a month to get my birth certificate (which was ordered through VitalChek with the Apostille box checked) in Manhattan.

  386. Gusmarkpeters

    Well, I must say things went well for me here in Germany. I called up