An apostille is a type of stamp that is used to authenticate documents for international use. It usually outlines the seal from the issuing government agency and can be used as proof that your document is valid. This can be helpful in situations where you need to prove your identity or show proof of citizenship in another country.
If you need to obtain an apostille for your birth certificate, here are the steps you should follow:
Contact the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to obtain a certified copy of your original birth certificate. The DSHS will send you back an official document with their seal on it. Make sure this has been notarized by a notary public and signed by an authorized representative from DSHS before moving on to step two.
Contact the Secretary of State’s Office to obtain an apostille from Texas. You’ll need two things: proof that you have obtained legal custody over any children listed on the document and proof that one or both parents have died (e.g., death certificates).
Or you could simply hire Houston apostille services to do this for you. Once you have obtained your apostille, attach it to your birth certificate. This will turn the document into an official record.