Certificates & Vital Records
Birth certificates are used for many official governmental purposes such as Social Security, passport applications and school enrollments. They are sometimes used for non-official registrations such as little league.
Death certificates are needed for Social Security, life and health insurance and other time sensitive purposes.
There are two types of certified copies available to a requestor: Official and Informational.
Marriage certificates are used for many reasons such as a spouse being added onto health benefits. You can purchase a certified copy of your marriage certificate by mail.
Mailed requests for marriage certificates must include the names of the bride and groom (or Party A and Party B if after June 17, 2008) as they appeared on the marriage license, the date of the marriage and the office where the license was purchased.
An Apostille is an authentication of a notary or government official’s signature used by countries who are parties to the Hague Convention. Countries may require either an Apostille or a Certification from the Secretary of State’s Office for birth, death &/or marriage certificates. The country of destination determines whether the accepted authentication is an Apostille or Certification.