Apostille for New York Marriage Certificate - Foreign Documents Express - New York Apostille Services

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Need a New York marriage certificate with an apostille or embassy legalization?

If you have the original marriage certificate, you can email a copy for a free evaluation. We will advise if your marriage certificate qualifies for legalization by an apostille or foreign embassy.

We can obtain certified copies of marriage certificates from the Marriage Bureau in New York City (marriages registered after 1950), from New York City Municipal Archives (marriages registered before 1950) or from NYS Department of Health in Albany, NY, and have it legalized by an apostille or foreign embassy.

Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island marriage certificates for foreign use:

order online manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island marriage certificateAll marriage records originating from the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island ) are kept in the New York City Marriage Bureau. For an apostille or foreign embassy legalization purposes you will need to obtain an extended certified copy of the marriage certificate with an original signature of the Acting City Clerk. The document must then be presented to the County Clerk 's Office to verify the signature of the Acting City Clerk. The The next step would be New York State Office of the Secretary of State that will issue an apostille (for Hague countries) or foreign certificate (for non-Hague countries). If the document is intended for a non-Hague country, more steps will be required (sometimes, the U.S. State Department in Washington DC, and always the embassy or consulate of the country of intended use).

Look at your marriage certificate... An extended certified copy of NYC marriage certificate intended for foreign use will have the following:

  • information about the spouses' parents: names and places of birth
  • number of times the spouses were married before
  • witnesses' names

This is how your extended marriage certificate will look if the marriage was registered after 1996:

extended form of new york city marriage certificate for NY Apostille

Look at the back of your marriage certificate... There should be:

  • a color stamp of the Marriage Bureau on the back of the certificate
  • the original signature of the Acting City Clerk on the back of the certificate

 marriage certificate extended form for New York Apostille Authentication

This is how your extended marriage certificate will look if the marriage was registered before 1996:

old new york city marriage, are they acceptable for New york apostille


Marriage certificates from other counties of the State of New York:

order online new york state marriage certificateIf you were married outside the five boroughs of New York City, your marriage certificate will be recorded (a) by the local county registrar, and (b) in the New York State Health Department

Locally issued marriage certificates have to be authenticated by the respective Office of the County Clerk in the county where your marriage was registered. The requirements differ a lot from county to county. Please email a copy of your marriage certificate for a free evaluation.

We can order a certified copy for you, and then have it apostilled or legalized by a foreign embassy. We do not order from local registrars. We obtain certified copies from New York State Deparment of Health in Albany, New York. The processing takes around three weeks.

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

If you have the original 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
* Marriage certificates issued by local registrars take longer (add 5-10 bus. days).
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 a "certified copy" of the marriage certificate?

A certified copy is an official copy of the document issued by a the City Registrar, the NYS Department of Health or a local registrar and guaranteed to be a true and exact copy of the original document kept on file in this office. Upon request, the above agencies will issue a certified copy of the marriage certificate. In most cases, certified copies bear the Seal of the agency, the signature of the state official (e.g. the City Clerk, director of Vital Statistics or local registrar) and the statement that the document is in fact a true and correct copy of the original document.

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.


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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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