American Apostille & Notary Services is a industry leader in U.S. document authentications.

I am able to process documents issued from all 50 U.S. States, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Federal Government.

Apostille Basics

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 need either an Apostille or Legalization.  Without these certifications, your document may not be recognized in a foreign country.   

In 1961 various countries entered into 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 this as a “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 is 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 for information and a quote. 

Why Use My Services?

  • Saves you valuable time in researching the various State, Federal and Foreign Embassy regulations

  • Expert in the field and carry out the certification process per the exact requirement

  • I'll act as your agent and handle your documents no matter where you are located

  • You mail me the documents and I'll take care of the entire process accurately and efficiently!

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Apostilles by state:

Alabama   Alaska   Arizona   Arkansas   California   Colorado   Connecticut   Delaware   Florida   Georgia   Hawaii   Idaho   Illinois   Indiana 

Iowa   Kansas   Kentucky   Louisiana   Maine   Maryland   Massachusetts   Michigan   Minnesota   Mississippi   Missouri   Montana   Nebraska 

Nevada   New Hampshire   New Jersey   New Mexico   New York   North Carolina   North Dakota   Ohio   Oklahoma   Oregon   Pennsylvania 


Puerto Rico   Rhode Island   South Carolina   South Dakota   Tennessee   Texas   Utah   Vermont   Virginia   Washington   Washington DC 

                                                                  West Virginia   Wisconsin   Wyoming   US Federal Government