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Apostille and Exemplified Copies

Apostille and Exemplified copies of vital records are routinely required for foreign use. The Apostille and Exemplified copies consist of an Alabama birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate signed by the State Registrar and an additional certification signed by the Alabama Secretary of State. Certain restrictions apply to Apostille and Exemplified copies of birth and death certificates. By Alabama law, birth certificates are confidential records with restricted access for 125 years from the date of birth. Death certificates are confidential records with restricted access for 25 years from the date of death. These records may be obtained by the following persons:

  • person named on the certificate
  • mother or father (or legal guardian) of person named on the certificate
  • husband or wife of person named on the certificate
  • son or daughter of person named on the certificate
  • sister or brother of person named on the certificate
  • legal representative of an authorized person

If you are not an authorized individual listed above and do not have written and signed permission to obtain a restricted birth or death certificate, your request for an Apostille or Exemplified copy will not be processed.

Apostille and Exemplified copies of marriage and divorce certificates are not restricted and may be obtained by anyone upon payment of the proper fee.

To determine whether to request an Apostille copy or an Exemplified copy, you must determine if your vital record will be used in a country that is party to the Hague Convention Number 12. For a Hague country, an Apostille copy should be requested. For all other countries (non-Hague countries), an Exemplified copy should be requested. For an official list of Hague countries, please visit the Hague Conference on International Law page. Check each country's "entry into force" date.

If you request an Apostille or Exemplified copy from the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, it must be requested by mail, by telephone, or in person. These copies cannot be requested online or at the Alabama county health departments.

To request an Apostille or Exemplified copy by mail, please download and complete the Mail-in Application.
Solucidad so para un Nacimiento, una Muerte, Una Unión, o un Certificado del Divorcio.

In the applicant section of the application form, next to "Reason for Request", please write which type of copy you are requesting, (Apostille or Exemplified), and provide the foreign country in which the vital record will be used. Be sure to include the correct payment with your application.

The fee for an Apostille or Exemplified copy is $25.00 each. You may also order regular certified copies of the same record at the same time for $6.00 each. No certification from the Secretary of State will be attached to these additional copies. Make the check or money order payable to the "State Board of Health". Please do not send cash. Fees are non-refundable. Additional fees are required for expedited service.

To request an Apostille or Exemplified copy by telephone with a credit card, or if you have further questions about Apostille or Exemplified copies, please call a customer service representative at (334) 206-5418. Additional fees will apply for credit card purchases.


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