A birth certificate or death certificate which is prepared to give to a foreign country is called an apostille.
The following situations are examples of when a birth-certificate apostille could be required:
- Transferred by your employer to a foreign country
- Wanting to marry in a foreign country
- Adopting a child in a foreign country
The following situations are examples of when a death-certificate apostille could be required:
- Burying a deceased family member in a foreign country
- Settling an estate of a deceased family member in a foreign country
Instructions on obtaining an apostille:
- Obtain a certified copy of the required vital record. When applying, give the reason for the request as "Apostille." If the birth or death occurred in the past 6 months, it is advised to get a certified copy from the county clerk's office where the event occurred. For instructions on obtaining a certified copy of a birth record from the Texas Vital Statistics, see the Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate page. For instructions on obtaining a certified copy of a death record from the Texas Vital Statistics, see the Certified Copy of a Death Certificate page.
- Once you have a properly certified document, you will need to send it to the Secretary of State's Office with their required fee for an apostille. Visit the Texas Secretary of State's website for further instructions, including the required fee and locations.
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