How to get Apostille for DC Birth Certificate


DECEMBER 1, 2020

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CASE STUDY: John C. lives in New York. He was born in Washington DC. John has to present a copy of his birth certificate as a supporting document for a job in Chile. What does he need to do so that his document is accepted in Chile without any delays?

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birth certificate dc 2016Step 1: Is your birth certificate eligible?

Check if your birth certificate qualifies for legalization for Chile (apostille).

This is a sample of a birth certificate issued in the District of Columbia. It is signed by the State Registrar Terra J. Abrams, MBA, and bears the Seal of the District of Columbia. This birth certificate has been issued recently (2016). It is a certified copy printed on the security paper. This document is eligible for legaliation by an apostille. If your document looks different, you can email a copy for a free evalution. We will tell you what needs to be done if your document does not qualify.

Step 2: In what state should the document be legalized?

John was born in Washington DC but now he lives in New York. Where should the document be legalized? Can it be done in New York if it is notarized by a New York notary? Here are the answers:

(1) The birth certificate can only be legalized in the state where it was issued, in this particular case, in Washington DC. New York will not accept this document for legalization.

(2) Copies of vital records can never be notarized. 

Step 3: What kind of authentication is required for Chile?

Chile joined the Apostille Convention in 2016. It means that no embassy legalization is required. An apostille will make your document valid and legal in Chile.

Therefore, in this particular case, John's document needs to be apostilled in Washington, DC.


Apostilles in some state and federal agencies are still being processed with delays. Please contact us for processing times. 

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Our guarantee: if we are not able to apostille your document(s), we will issue a 100% refund.

We process documents for all countries. 

We process documents from all 50 U.S. States (apostilles and certifications), the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC (federal apostilles and certifications), and all foreign embassies/consulates.


Foreign Documents Express is a registered service provider with the Secretary of State - authentications, Hague apostilles, and certification.

Our mailing address is

Foreign Documents Express
331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 1
4th Floor, Suite 143
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Phone: (646) 267-1140

Fax: (800) 905-0421

We accept all major credit and debit cards. We also accept checks (including personal checks), money orders, PayPal, MoneyGram, Western Union, bank transfers.

Major credit cards accepted


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You can call us at (646) 267-1140 with any questions about apostille process. We are available Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to answer your questions. You can also fax or email copies of your documents for a free evaluation. We will advise if your documents qualify for apostilles and, if not, what steps need to be taken.

Processing times differ depending on nature of your documents. In each case will provide the time estimate, and will do our best to meet the deadline.

Delivery by USPS Priority mail (within the U.S.) is included in the price. FedEx (2nd day, within the U.S.): $20, FedEx (standard overnight): $30. We ship internationally. FedEx International to most countries is $75 (FedEx to Eastern Europe and South America is $115).

Apostilles and embassy legalization procedures are not complicated if you entrust your documents to legalization experts who know the requirements of U.S. apostille agencies, foreign consulates and embassies and the requirements of the receiving organizations in foreign countries.