Updated: Jun 12
A Texas Apostille is a certificate issued by the Texas Secretary of State in accordance with the 1961 Hague Convention for the purpose of authenticating a public document such as a birth certificate, death certificate, or notarized document for use in certain foreign countries. Authentication and Apostille requests may be made in person or by mail. The following article discusses the Texas Apostille process and how American Apostille & Notary Services can assist with your document’s processing.
Apostille vs. Notary
A registered notary is someone who verifies a signer’s identity; then, they witness the person signing the document. This verification ensures the legitimacy of the name on the form. The notary will apply a stamp or seal to the document, indicating the date they witnessed the signature.
An Apostille verifies the authenticity of the signed document. The Apostille is issued by either the Secretary of State in which it originated (such as school records or a driver’s license) or by the US Department of State in Washington DC for federal documents (such as Social Security Income or FBI background reports).
When is an Apostille Required?
As previously mentioned, an Apostille is used to authenticate the seals and signatures of officials listed on public documents, such as birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licenses, issued by a foreign country.
There are several situations where an Apostille could be required. Here are example situations for birth certificates and death certificates:
Situations where a birth certificate Apostille could be required include:
Transferred by an employer to a foreign country
Wanting to marry in a foreign country
Adopting a child in a foreign country
Situations where a death certificate Apostille could be required include:
Burying a deceased family member in a foreign country
Settling an estate of a deceased family member in a foreign country
In the event the country that you are presenting your documents to is not a part of The 1961 Hague Convention, Legalization can be done instead. The Legalization process is almost identical to the Apostille process but for countries that are not members of The Hague Convention. The validity of Legalization is the same as an Apostille.
Texas Apostille Services
Are you in need of a State of Texas Apostille certificate or Texas authentication certificate document filing by a certain deadline?
Acquiring an Apostille can be a complicated process. This process should be done by someone who fully understands the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. American Apostille & Notary Services is an industry leader in document certification, legalization, attestation, and apostille services.
There is no need to feel confused, overwhelmed, and stressed out trying to figure out the Texas Secretary of State Hague Apostille Convention authentication, Apostille, legalization, or attestation document filing process and requirements. American Apostille & Notary Services can take the guesswork out of obtaining An apostille for your Texas documents.
The office of American Apostille & Notary Services is available by phone or email seven days a week to answer any questions you may have regarding Apostille requirements, the application process, rules, regulations, qualifications, laws, or any concerns you may have about document Apostilles, document authentication, document attesting, and international legalization of personal, business, commercial, or corporate legal documents.
We can Apostille documents such as:
Power of Attorney
Travel Consent Letter
Articles of Incorporation
Certificate of Good Standing
Certificate of Free Sale
Certificate of Origin
Will & Testament
We can also process documents issued from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Federal Government.
Contact us today at 848-467-7740 to learn more about acquiring a Texas Apostille.