How to apostille a New York marriage certificate issued before 1950 - New York Apostille Services

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Foreign Documents Express is a registered service provider with the Secretary of State - authentications, Hague apostilles, and certification.

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Foreign Documents Express
331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 1
4th Floor, Suite 143
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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You can call us at (646) 267-1140 with any questions about apostille process. We are available Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to answer your questions. You can also fax or email copies of your documents for a free evaluation. We will advise if your documents qualify for apostilles and, if not, what steps need to be taken.

Processing times differ depending on nature of your documents. In each case will provide the time estimate, and will do our best to meet the deadline.

Delivery by USPS Priority mail (within the U.S.) is included in the price. FedEx (2nd day, within the U.S.): $20, FedEx (standard overnight): $30. We ship internationally. FedEx International to most countries is $75 (FedEx to Eastern Europe and South America is $115).

Apostilles and embassy legalization procedures are not complicated if you entrust your documents to legalization experts who know the requirements of U.S. apostille agencies, foreign consulates and embassies and the requirements of the receiving organizations in foreign countries.

Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island marriage certificates issued before 1950 are kept in the New York City Municipal Archives. We can get a certified exemplified copy of the marriage certificate, and have it apostilled or legalized by a foreign embassy.

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How does it work? Our staff member will go to the New York City Municipal Archives, and look through the catalogs. The records are arranged by year, and by borough where the license was issued. The first and most important task is to find the film and the certificate number. We will do this. Then, we will look through the actual film, and find the certificate. After that, the certificate can be printed out and exemplified by the staff of the Municipal Archives. Some experience is required for working with the archived materials.

This is how a marriage certificate might look if the marriage was registered in 1930s:

Marriage certificate 1927

The back of the certificate will look like this:

Marriage certificate municipal archives back

If you have a certificate like this, it does not mean that it is ready for an apostille or embassy legalization. The document will need a Letter of Exemplification.

Marriage certificate exemplification

Our staff member will go to the Municipal Archives, find the certificate, order an exemplified copy of the certificate, and then we will get it apostilled or legalized by a foreign embassy.

Marriage certificates from before 1950 are public records.

Your marriage certificate qualifies? Mail the original to us...

If you have the original exemplified marriage certificate, and it qualifies for an apostille / embassy legalization, mail it to us and we will get an apostille / embassy seal for it

price 4New York apostille: $175 (USPS Priority within the U.S. is included).
Processing time: currently 3,5-4 weeks + mail.
Embassy legalization: $375 (most embassies)
Processing time: depends on the embassy.
FedEx (2nd day): $20; FedEx (standard overnight): $30
FedEx International: $75 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe, South America, Africa: $115
Complete the Order form and enclose it with your documents. Our mailing address is
Foreign Documents Express
331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 1
4th Floor, Suite 143
Red Bank, NJ 07701

What is an "exemplified copy" of the marriage certificate?

An exemplified copy is an official copy of the document issued by a the New York City Municipal Archives with a Letter of Exemplification as shown above. Upon request, the Municipal Archives will issue an exemplified copy of the marriage certificate. 

Please note...

tip apostilleNotarized copies of marriage certificates are not acceptable! In fact, New York notaries by law cannot notarize copies of vital records.

tip apostille Copies certified as true copies by the document custodian (you) are not acceptable! You do need the original document.

tip apostille Some foreign countries require that certified copies of marriage certificates are recent, e.g. were issued within the last six or twelve months.