Hi, It’s been about a month and a half since I started my blog, and I am slowly making progress gathering all my important papers (birth certificates, marriage license etc) to be sent to be Apolsilled. I am starting this journey early to move to the DR, about 2 years early (well actually 1 year and 10 months but who’s counting). You really do need time if your like me and want to make sure everything is done correctly to avoid issues or delays down the road (I guess I’m not a “fly by the seat of my pants” type of girl :-).
I have read on Dominican Republic Expat forums that it is smart to have a few copies of your birth certificate and marriage licenses incase one gets lost in transit or your attorney misplaces a copy (without proper docs you are at a stand still). So I ordered 3 copies of mine and my husbands birth certificate and 3 copies of our marriage license. Everything takes several weeks from ordering and getting back in the mail. I just noticed my marriage license had the wrong birth date for me (making me 2 yrs older!!) So I am waiting for them to send me a form to fill out which I will send back with copy of my birth certificate proving my real birth date so I can then order the correct marriage licenses UGH!!
Once you have all your copies ready to go you send them to the Secretary of State (in the state in which they were issued) to be Apolsilled and of course there are fees for everything. I just want to get as much of this unpleasant, time consuming, phone call, Googling, UPS, FedEx B___ S___!#@$% out of the way now so I don’t have to bother with it when I have bigger things to contend with like selling my house, getting my pets approved to move, and packing a shipping container!!
I feel I am moving in the right direction for only being a month and a half into 2016 🙂 learning something new every day!!