If you live in Tijuana and a family member of yours has recently passed away, you probably need to apostille a death certificate. Here we explain why.
Sometimes death comes unexpectedly, especially nowadays due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This means that many things remain unresolved. The matter becomes even more complicated if the deceased family member had properties or bank accounts in the neighboring country of the United States.
That’s why it’s important for you to know the procedure to apostille a death certificate in Tijuana, because you need it, what you must do, and how this process is carried out.
Why do I need to apostille a death certificate?
The need to apostille these certificates arises from the particular situation that many residents of Tijuana find themselves in. Even though they are foreigners, they live and permanently reside here in the region.
This results in our foreign relatives, upon their passing, leaving behind properties and assets in the neighboring country of the United States.
These assets can only be claimed by their relatives once they provide a death certificate as proof of the passing of their loved one. However, it is not simply a matter of presenting the death certificate and that’s it.
No, it first needs to be properly apostilled and then translated by a certified translator, duly certified by the Superior Court of Justice of the State.
What you need to do.
The following requirements must be obtained.
1. Certified Copy of your relative’s Death Certificate (a digital version with an electronic signature and stamp can also be obtained, but it requires an additional process).
2. Apostille the Death Certificate.
3.- Translation by a Certified Translator of the Death Certificate and the Apostille.
How this process is carried out.
Fortunately, here at Apostillado y Traducción, we provide you with some tips to avoid unnecessary trips and expedite the process as quickly as possible:
- Once you have the death certificate, verify that the Name, Surname, and date of death are correct. (This is to avoid going through the entire process only to have to redo it due to an error in these details)
- Verify that the death certificate is issued by an office of the Civil Registry. (In many cases, these are internet-issued certificates that are printed without an ink stamp, therefore requiring an additional procedure)
- Make sure the certificate is from Tijuana or any of the municipalities in Baja California. (Otherwise, you will have to process your request in the state where the certificate was issued)
- Ensure you hire a Certified Translator approved by the Superior Court of Justice to perform the translation of your certificate and its apostille.
These are the most important points you must take care of before Apostilling a Death Certificate. Once the previous points are covered and reviewed, you are able to apostille the certificate right here in the State of Baja California.
As you can see, the procedure is relatively easy. If, nevertheless, you prefer to avoid the headache that comes with dealing with long lines, unhappy public servants, and constant traffic, do not hesitate to call the experts at Apostillado y Traducción.