APRIL 20, 2017
If you were born in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens or Staten Island, your birth certificate may look like this. This is a short form birth certificate (also called "Certification of Birth"). It is issued by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is signed by former City Registrar Irene A. Scanlon. The short form typically includes the child's name, date of birth, sex, and place of birth, although some also include the names of the child's parents.
Can this short form birth certificate be apostilled? The answer is "yes".
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Foreign authorities request apostilled or legalized birth certificates for many various reasons including adoption, getting married to a foreign national, obtaining dual citizenship, etc. So, if you only have a New York issued short form birth certificate, can it be apostilled? Or do you have to obtain a long form first?
Short form birth certificates are absolutely acceptable for New York State apostilles or legalization by a foreign embassy. No Exemplification letter is required. The signature of the current City Registrar Stephen P. Schwartz or former City Registrar Irene A. Scanlon can be certified directly by one of the courts in New York State, after that the document becomes eligible for a New York apostille. Read more about different New York City birth certificates and their eligibility for apostilles / embassy legalization.
Please note that some foreign countries require that certified copies of birth certificates are recent, e.g. were issued within the last six or twelve months. Please find out the requirement of the receiving foreign country before you start with the process of legalization.
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