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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 signed by the City Registrar. At the present time the City Registrar is Gretchen Van Wye, Ph. D. The certificates also have the second signature: Steven P. Schwartz

Can a short form birth certificate be apostilled?  The answer is "yes" if it has one of the following signatures: STEVEN P. SCHWARTZ * IRENE A. SCANLON * EARLENE PRICE * IRWING MELLON.

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AUGUST 14, 2021

24hourapostilleThe DC Secretary of State office has resumed the in-person authentication services effective August 9th, 2021. However, delays are still possible. 24-hour apostilles will be processed within three business days. We are sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to resume our 24-hour apostille service soon.

The following documents are eligible for 24-hour apostilles: diplomas and transcripts - verification letters - copies of passports and IDs -  SSA letters - corporate resolutions - corporate documents - documents in foreign languages - other (please email a copy for a free evaluation)

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JANUARY 10, 2020

NYS criminal recordThe most comprehensive way to conduct a New York criminal record search is through the New York State Office of Court Administration ("OCA"). The OCA covers all 62 counties in New York State dating back to at least 1993 (the counties vary as to how far back they search) and includes all town and village records as of 2007. 

The best thing about the OCA "No Criminal Record Letter" is that no fingerprints are required. The search is based on the exact name and date of birth.

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dateJULY 15, 2019

fbi background check apostilleDo you need a U.S. apostille for your FBI background check for use outside the United States? If you plan to live, work, or conduct business in another country, you might be asked for an apostilled criminal background check. 

FBI background check is a federal document, this is why it needs a federal apostille. This document can be apostilled as an original (hard copy) if you received it by mail, or as a PDF file if you received it by email. 

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dateMAY 28, 2019

Attestation of diplomas for the PhilippinesHow do you get your diploma, university degree, transcript, verification letter certified and attested for use in the Philippines?

The Philippines is now a Hague Convention country, therefore the legalization of your degree by the Embassy of the Philippines is no longer required. Before the Philippines joined the Apostille Convention in 2018, the attestation was a chain type legalization procedure which included the Consulate / Embassy of the Philippines. Now a Hague apostille issued by the Secretary of State will make your document valid and legal in the Philippines. 

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 dateJANUARY 30, 2019

signaturesIf you need to get a New York apostille for use in Mexico for a personal or a corporate document originating from the State of New York, we will be happy to assist you! 

Both the U.S. and Mexico signed the Hague Apostille Convention, therefore all U.S. documents bearing a Hague apostille will be legal and valid in Mexico.

Here are a few tips:

tip apostilleYour notarized document (e.g. a power of attorney, an affidavit, etc.) can be in Spanish. However, the notarial statement must be in English.

tip apostilleThe notary cannot call himself / herself "notario publico" in the document! There is a huge difference between a U.S. notary and a Mexican notario publico. The document will be rejected.

tip apostille We can apostille most Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island birth certificates without a letter of exemplification.

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JANUARY 5, 2019

IRS"Welcome to the IRS. Live telephone assistance is not available at this time. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible." This is the message anyone calling to ask about tax matters heard after dialing the IRS this week.

If you need to apply for U.S. residency certification for the current year 2019, it is still possible to do so. The IRS will accept the application but the processing will start after the shutdown is over. Applications sent to the IRS by fax are stored in the IRS computer, and when the processing starts, the earlier your application was received, the faster it will be processed. Our advice: do not wait for the government shutdown to end, you can submit the application now. 

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dateNOVEMBER 2, 2018


Some foreign countries require that your document is translated, and that the translation is apostilled. Translation agencies usually provide an Affidavit of Translation Accuracy which is signed by a translator who confirms that he/she is competent to translate from English into the language of the target country, and that the translation is a true, complete and accurate translation of the original document. Then, the translator's signature is notarized, and the document is ready for an apostille.

Increasingly, translation agencies use the services of translators who work remotely, sometimes in foreign countries. In this case it is not possible to have the signature of the translator notarized. As a solution, the translation agencies provide a different kind of affidavit where a manager or another agency's official confirms that the translation was performed by a professional translator, and that the translation is accurate. The signature of the manager is then notarized.

Is this a proper way to have the translation attested? Is it possible to apostille the translation which was not certified by the translator? 

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dateDECEMBER 1, 2020

old letters portrait old letter 51364 free imageNeed an apostilled Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island marriage certificate of your parents, grandparents, grand-grandparents?

Why would anyone need a copy of his/her grandparents' marriage license? The most common answer is applying for dual citizenship. The processes and requirements for applying for citizenship are developed by each county and bary from country to country. Many countries require apostilled certified copies of vital events in order to verify an applicant's claim of lineage.

If the marriage was registered in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens or Staten Island before 1950, the file will be in the New York City Municipal Archives. All documents are kept on film. To locate the right film, you need to know the year and the borough where the marriage license was issued.

We do a lot of research in the New York City Municipal Archives, and so far, we were able to locate 100% of the records ordered.

Order a Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island marriage certificate ONLINE

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The NYS Secretary of State office does not have over-the-counter service yet. The processing time for New York apostilles is currently between two and three  weeks. 

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