is a certified copy?
A certified copy of a birth certificate or other vital record
is a document issued by the Civil Registry office in the state or
city where the original document was registered. It contains the
data from the original document, along with the seal and signature
of the Civil Registrar.
Can I use the certified
copy for any legal or official purpose?
Yes. The certified copy is the same document that you would receive
if you made the trip to the Civil Registry office yourself. It can
be used for any legal or official purpose, including legal proceedings,
immigration applications, social security, marriages, divorces,
Why can't I obtain the original
No one can obtain the original document as it must remain in the
files of the Civil Registry. That is the purpose of the certified
copy, it's where the Civil Registrar certifies the information contained
in the original record.
How much does it cost?
We charge $69.00 USD for the first certified copy, additional
certified copies are $29.00 each. UPS and DHL shipping are available.
Visit our Prices section
for more information.
How does the process work?
We maintain a network of agents located in every state in Mexico.
When a client orders a certificate, we send an agent to the appropriate
Civil Registry office to apply for and receive the certificate.
The agent then sends the certificate via overnight messenger to
our Mexico office located in Guadalajara. The document is then delivered
to our U.S. office located in Tamarac FL , and from there it is
shipped to the client.
How long does it take
to receive the certificate?
Our mexican branch office will request personally your certificate
to the proper mexican authorities with in 24 hours after placing
Certificates will be mailed directly to you with in 3 to 7 days
via next day air.
Can you guarantee that you'll
locate my certificate?
No, we can't do that, as we do not know what is in the files of
the various Civil Registry offices until our agent goes to make
the application. Sometimes people don't have the correct information,
sometimes they were told that a document was filed when in fact
it wasn't, sometimes they have falsified documents, they are a variety
of reasons why a document can't be located.
What if you can't locate
We'll send you a Letter of No Record, certifying that the Civil
Registrar conducted a file search but was unable to locate the document.
Will you refund my money
if you can't locate my certificate?
Yes, we'll refund your purchase, minus a $50.00 search fee which
covers our agent's expenses in searching and applying for the certificate.
What information do you
At a minimum, we need the name or names as they appear on the
certificate, the date and place that the event occurred, and in
the case of birth certificates, the names of both parents. The more
information available, especially an old copy, the faster the process
and the greater likelihood of success in locating the document.
Can I make a correction,
such a changing a misspelled name?
Sometimes, it depends on the state where the certificate is registered
and on the information that needs to be corrected.
What is an apostille?
An apostille is a form of authentication or certification accepted
in countries which are signatories to the Hague Convention of 1961.
An apostille on a document certifies that document for use in another
Visit our Apostille
section for more information.
What is a certified translation?
A certified translation is a translation that has been formally
verified for use in official purposes. Documents that require certified
translation services might include papers that have to be submitted
to an Immigration or Naturalisation department (such as birth, marriage
and divorce certificates), official transcripts (such as high school
certificates, university degrees and vocational training certificates),
regulatory documents (such as informed consents, protocols, research
data forms and case report forms), patents and many others.
Visit our Certified
Translation section for more information.