Apostille New York
What is Apostille?
Apostille is an official seal that allows the use of documents abroad, it is placed on personal and corporate documents.
To obtain an apostille stamp, multi-step authentication checks are required by certain government officials.
To obtain an apostille stamp, multi-step authentication checks are required by certain government officials. For example, a registrar in Manhattan, New York named John issued and signed your birth certificate, first you must find the Top Registrar of New York, who must confirm that yes, indeed John is not an impostor and that he was appointed in Manhattan as Registrar, and that this signature belongs to John. Then, after the Top Registrar of New York confirms John’s signature and gives out a document (which will be affixed to your Birth Certificate) that yes, John is real, then this affixed document of the Top Registrar of New York must be carried to the New York State Department and there finally you will receive an Apostille. This is because the New York State Department does not know who John is, but they only know the Top Registrar of New York. Therefore, such a multi-stage scheme is used: Top Registrar of New York knows John, New York State Department knows the Top Registrar of New York. It’s simple to see that it’s not so simple.
How to get an apostille in New York?
For most people, the word Apostille sounds scary. Something incomprehensible, what is it at all? Document? Stamp? Postscript? What is it for? Do I need this apostille? Maybe I can do without him. Please…
Don’t worry. Everything is not so hopeless. To obtain an apostille in New York, you need
1) find out if your document can be apostilled
2) follow the simple instructions for obtaining an apostille in New York
Now let’s deal with everything in order.
What document can be apostilled in NYC
1) Birth Certificates issued by New York City Department of Health and signed by the City Registrar (Gretchen Van Wye, STEVEN P. SCHWARTZ, IRENE A. SCANLON, EARLENE PRICE, IRVING MELLON)
2) Marriage Certificates issued by New York Marriage Bureau, NYS Department of Health in Albany or by a local registrar
3) New York death certificates issued by New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York State Department of Health in Albany, death certificates issued by local registrars
4) New York divorce certificates issued by NYS Department of Health
5) Diplomas and Transcripts issued by NY Schools, Colleges, Universities
6) Corporate documents (Certificate of Good Standing, Articles of Incorporation, etc.)
If everything sounds very complicated, you can fill out the form and our New York Apostille expert will clarify if your document can be apostilled in New York. This is free service.
How to get Apostille in New York in steps
- Get ready your New York document. Check if it could be Apostilled.
- Send your document by mail or submit in person to County Clerk ($3 fee). County Clerk will verify the signature on your Birth/Marriage/Divorce/Death Certificate.
- Submit your Birth/Marriage/Divorce/Death Certificate, County Clerk’s verification, and a $10 fee to the New York State Department of State for authentication.
NYS Department of State Addresses
For walk-in processing:
123 William Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
Business Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Local Office Phone Number: (212) 417-6103
NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001
Look, what you’ll get.
Yes, let’s mark this job as DONE!
Can New York Apostille be verified online?
Yes, if it was issued after April 9, 2013. Please follow the link https://appext20.dos.ny.gov/apostille_verify_public/ApostilleVerify.aspx
I have a translation of the Certificate of Naturalization from Russian into English, and the Belarusian consulate in New York told me that I need to get a New York Apostille for translation. It’s right?
Yes, there is such a requirement to accept Russian translations of documents at the Belarusian consulate. Please note that you should receive apostille twice – the first one for the original document (in your case, a Certificate of Naturalization), the second one – Apostille for a notarized translation of your Certificate of Naturalization.