Make It Official With an Apostilled Marriage Certificate
Marriage certificates are legal documents certifying that two people have tied the knot. These documents contain vital details about the marriage, including the names of the spouses, date of marriage, etc. With this document, you can:
- Contribute to your spouse’s IRA,
- Get social security benefits from your spouse,
- Apply for joint medical insurance,
- Access spousal privileges, and
- Settle estates upon your spouse’s death.
Of course, these are a few of the instances where you can use your marriage certificate. As you can see, it’s more than a piece of paper. Instead, it’s a legal instrument that comes in handy when navigating official transactions.
Should You Apostille a Marriage Certificate?
Any married person traveling abroad should consider getting their marriage certificate apostilled. You might need to prove your marital status abroad when:
- Traveling with children,
- Buying shares in a company,
- Claiming your spouse’s estate,
- Adopting a child,
- Traveling with a spouse who is not a U.S. citizen,
- Purchasing a property, and
- Seeking residency in a foreign country.
The authorities must assess who you claim to be and establish the relationship between you and your spouse. However, they cannot take your word for it. Instead, you must present them with an apostilled marriage certificate.
Why An Apostille?
This certificate authenticates your marriage certificate, deeming it valid in the eyes of government authorities. However, its validity only applies in countries party to the Hague Convention. For countries that are not a party to this treaty, you will require to legalize your marriage certificate at the U.S. Department of State. Travel Visa Pro provides both apostille and legalization services, and we’ll ensure that your marriage certificate is valid either way.
Who Can Apostille A Marriage Certificate?
Only the secretary of state can apostille your marriage certificate. The U.S. Department of State cannot offer apostilles. Instead, they can legalize your marriage certificate when traveling to a country not a party to the Hague Convention.
What If You Got Married Overseas?
People who wed overseas can get a copy from the relevant embassy. Once you get this, we can facilitate your marriage certificate apostille at the U.S. Department of State.
How To Get Your Marriage Certificate Apostille
Are you ready to make things official? We offer marriage certificate apostille services across 50 states, including the regions below:
- Long Beach
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Washington DC
To get started on the apostille process, here’s what you do:
Step 1: Initiate An Order
We have set up a simple ordering process that enables you to send us instructions in one easy go. You need to provide your name, contact email, where you want the apostille delivered, where you will use the apostille, and a short description of the marriage certificate. Also, choose how fast you need the apostille. Our standard orders take 6 or fewer days, and our rush orders are available in as few as 3-4 days. Finish by choosing how you would like to pay for the order and submit your application.
Step 2: Fulfill The Instructions
Our team will go through your order and calculate how long it will take to complete and how much it will cost. We will also advise you on the state requirements based on where your birth certificate was issued.
You should note that the secretary of state cannot apostille an original marriage certificate. Thus, you must obtain a true certified copy of your marriage certificate to facilitate the apostille process. Also, the secretary of state can only process vital records issued in their state. However, this should not be a problem for us, seeing as we offer apostille services across 50 states. So, we will get your document apostilled in its state of issue.
We will advise you on the requirements you must meet when submitting your document and facilitate your payment.
That’s it! Once you submit the marriage certificate to us, you will not need to do anything other than wait for your apostille. We will deliver the marriage certificate to the Secretary of State and follow up on it, ensuring that we get the apostille done in the required time. Better yet- we will deliver the apostille to the address listed in your order!