Marriage certificate apostille, New York


JANUARY 4, 2017

Authenticating a NEw York 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 authentication 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).

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New York City extended marriage certificate with an apostille

Look at the back of your marriage certificate... Is there a color stamp and the original signature of the Acting City Clerk? If not, your document is not a certified copy, and is not eligible for the legalization by an apostille or foreign embassy. But do not worry, we can get a certified copy of a Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens or Staten Island marriage certificate, and then have it apostilled or legalized by a foreign embassy.

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
  • 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

new york city marriage certificate extended form front

new york marriage certificate extended form back

Marriage certificates issued after 1996 (image above) have less information as compared to the certificates issued before 1996. The older ones will be legal size, sometimes they will contain two pages - a copy of the marriage license on the first page and a copy of the actual marriage certificate on the second page. This is the way the Marriage Bureau issues certified copies. Both short form and long form marriage certificates are good for apostilles.

We can obtain certified copies of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island marriage certificates with an apostilles or embassy seals...

Please order a New York City marriage certificate with apostille / legalization online. For processing we will need a copy of your marriage certificate for information purposes. If you do not have a copy, the following information will be sufficient:

  1. full names and dates of birth of the parties to the marriage (including the maiden name of the bride, if applicable)
  2. date of marriage
  3. borough where the marriage license was issued
  4. place of marriage
  5. marriage license number (if known, this will make the search much easier)

Your document is acceptable and you just need an apostille? Price, processing time, order form

apostille-priceNew York apostille: $175 (FedEx 2nd day within the U.S. is included).
Processing time: 3-4 bus. days + mail.
Embassy legalization: $375 (most embassies)
Processing time: depends on the embassy.
FedEx (standard overnight): $25
FedEx International is $60 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe and South America: $90
Complete the Order form and enclose it with your documents. Our mailing address is
Foreign Documents Express
123 Seventh Avenue, Suite 175
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Due to the public health concern regarding COVID-19, many New York State and New York City agencies and consulates have suspended all walk-in service.  Therefore, all apostille/ authentication requests are being processed via mail with delayed processing time. The processing time for New York apostilles is currently around three and a half weeks. 

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