A death certificate is a document that lists the cause, location, and time of an individual's death. According to the U.S. Department of State, an apostille is "a certification provided under the Hague convention of 1961 for authenticating documents for use in foreign countries.
A death certificate may need to be apostilled for many reasons. For example, if you are the executor of a will and need to present the death certificate to a foreign court, you will need to have the death certificate apostilled. That would depend on what type of document you need to have authenticated. The Hague Convention establishes that the following classes of documents are subject to be apostille:
officially issued documents relating to civil status; documents issued by an authority or an official connected with the courts or tribunals of the State; administrative documents; notarial acts; official certificates placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity, such as official certificates recording the registration of documents and the like, and seals of notaries public; police certificates and court documents; patents of invention and trade marks.
You would normally bring the original and one copy when you apply for the apostille.
Which documents do not require apostille?
Diplomas, educational Vita/Resume, academic transcripts which have been issued by foreign universities also require an official translation into English by a certified translation company.
In order to get an apostille for a death certificate in Indiana, you must first obtain a certified copy of the death certificate from the office of the county recorder in the county where the death occurred. Once you have the certified copy of the death certificate, you must then take it to the office of the Indiana secretary of state to be apostilled.
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