How to get an Apostille on your NYC Death Certificate without the Letter of Exemplification

Getting an Apostille for your Death Certificate without a Letter of Exemplification of Death

If you have a New York City Death Certificate or a New York State Death Certificate & you are trying to get an New York State Secretary of State Apostille on your Death Certificate and everyone is telling you, that you need the Letter of Exemplification to get an Apostille; don’t worry because Notary & Apostille Service can get an Apostille on your Death Certificate without the Letter of Exemplification.

What is the Letter of Exemplification

The Letter of Exemplification is actually the short name of this document, however, the real title of the document is called The “Letter of Exemplification of Birth or Death Record”. The Letter of Exemplification is only issued for New York City Birth & Death Certificates when you order the “long form” or “vault copy” Death Certificates. “Letter of Exemplification of Birth or Death Record” is not issued with the short form and you can not go to the Office Vital Records at 125 Worth St, Manhattan, NY to get one. It will only be sent via the mail. It is not required if a birth or death record is issued outside of New York City (i.e., Long Island, Westchester, etc.)

Then why is it that everyone is telling me that I need a long form Death Certificate and this Letter of Exemplification? Many Apostille services tell you this because this is what the Office of the New York State Secretary of State is telling everyone and this is what The Manhattan County Clerks Office is telling everyone who comes in without the Letter of Exemplification. I not saying that they are incorrect, I’m just saying in New York City, that is the normal procedure to follow.




New York State has 62 county clerks’ offices and 5 of them are located within New York City & they all run a very differently.  Notary & Apostille Service will take that extra step, for our customers, to any of the other County Clerks’ Office to get your Death Certificate verified & Authenticated so you can get an Apostille without having the Letter of Exemplification.

Therefore, it does not matter if you have the short form Death certificate or the long form Death certificate if the City Registrar on your Death Certificate is any of the followings we can help you get your Apostille without the letter of exemplification. Even if the City Registrar name is not listed just send us a scanned copy of your Death Certificate so we can verify if it can be Authenticated & Apostille.

Here’s how to get your birth or death record apostilled without the letter of exemplification

To get your New York City Death Certificate Apostille without the Letter of Exemplification go to Notary & Apostille Service click on “Contact US” then click on the “Getting Started” link. Same Day RUSH service is available.

Former New York City Registrars

Herman Katz (1958 – 1974)

David Dinkins (1975-1985)

Irene A. Scanlon (circa 1989)

Steven P. Schwartz (current city registrar – 2013)

New York State Director of Vital Records

Peter M. Carucu (circa 2000)

Guy Warner (current Director of Vital Records – 2013)

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