American Apostille & Notary Services is an industry leader in U.S. document authentications.
We are able to process documents issued from all 50 U.S. States, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Federal Government.
What is an Apostille?
An Apostille, (a-pos-TEE, French for certification), is a certificate that authenticates the signature of a document. Apostilles are issued by the Secretary of State of the state where the document originated (Ex. A birth certificate from Texas will require an Apostille from the Secretary of State of Texas). The Apostille verifies the authenticity of a public official’s signature and seal. Depending on the destination country, a document that is intended for international use may require either Apostille or Legalization services. Without these certifications, your document may not be recognized in a foreign country.
In 1961 various countries entered the Hague Convention.
If the COUNTRY OF DESTINATION is NOT a Member of the 1961 Hague Convention, Embassy Legalization must be obtained. We refer to these as “Non-Hague Countries”.
If the COUNTRY OF DESTINATION IS a Hague Country, it will need to be notarized by the Secretary of the in which the document originated. We refer to this as a “Hague Country”.
If the document is to be used in a Non-Hague country, a more complex process for legalization is required. In those cases, after first being authenticated by the specific Department of State, the documents will require further processing at the federal level and/or may need to be presented to consulates and/or embassies.
There are also situations where translation services may be required and we have access to “certified translators” who can assist you.
As the authentication legalization process varies from country to country, the time and cost of obtaining an authentication can differ. Please contact me at 848-467-7740 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and a quote.
Why Use Our Apostille Services?
You will save valuable time in researching the various State, Federal, and Foreign Embassy regulations.
We are experts in our field and will carry out the certification process per the exact requirements.
We can act as your agent and process your documents regardless of where you are located.
You can simply mail us your documents and we'll complete the entire process accurately and efficiently.
What Type of Documents Require Apostille Services?
Apostille Services by State: