Apostille for New York short form birth certificate


JANUARY 15, 2017

NYC birth certificate short form acceptable

Most New York birth certificates qualify for apostilles or foreign embassy legalization. In the State of New York birth certificates can be issued by (a) New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (for births registered in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island), (b) the New York State Department of Helath in Albany (births registered outside the five boroughs of New York City), and (c) local registrars (births registeres in a particular county). This post is about Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island birth certificates.

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What is a short form birth certificate in New York?

New York short form birth certificates, also called "Certification of birth" and known sometimes as computer certifications, contain limited information taken from the original birth record (the long form) and stored in the database that can be accessed quickly when the birth certificates are needed in a short amount of time. Whereas the long form is a copy of the actual birth certificate, a short form is a documents that certified the existence of such long form certificate, and is usually called a "Certification of birth" or a "Certificate of birth registration". The short form typically includes the child's name, date of birth, sex, and place of birth, although some also include the names of the child's parents. Read more about short and long form birth certificates, exemplification letters, etc at our New York apostille site (external link).

If you have an original New York short form birth certificate, we will be happy to assist you with obtaining an apostille for it.

New York apostille: price, processing time, order form


New York apostille: $175 (Fedex 2nd day within the U.S. is included)
Processing time: 2-3 bus. days + mail
FedEx International is $60 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe and South America is $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