U.S State Department Authentication & Apostille
If you are looking to authenticate your documents, and need them done by the U.S State Department, then you came to the right place! We can help you translate, notarize, apostille, and Authenticate your documents so they can be accepted overseas!
Documents That Need Department Of State Authentication
- Company bylaws
- Powers of attorney
- Certificates of good standing
- Courier letters
You should expect delays for pending and recently submitted requests to the Vital Records Office due to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are currently in Phase 2 of our three-phase reopening plan.
Authentication Certificate Requirements
Before submitting your documents requiring authentication, you must follow these requirements:
- All seals and signatures on submitted documents must be original and all the dates must follow in chronological order.
- All documents in a foreign language must include a certified or notarized English translation.
Requirements also vary based on the type of document you submit. Select the type of document below to learn more.
Examples of state and local documents include:
- Birth Certificates.
- Marriage Certificates.
- Death Certificates.
- Divorce Decrees.
- Probate Wills.
Requirements for state and local documents include:
- The original or certified document must include the raised and/or stamped seal of the court or department of vital records.
- Must be certified by the Secretary of State from the state in which the documents were issued. The Secretary of State will certify to the official signing the document under the Seal of the State.
Examples of other documents include:
- Articles of Incorporation
- Commercial Invoices
- Copy of a U.S. Passport (identification page only)
- Deeds of Assignment
- Home Study
- Income Verification
- Single Status
- Other business documents
Requirements for other documents include:
- Must be certified with a stamp or seal by a notary public
- Must be certified by the clerk of court from the county in which the notary is commissioned
- Must be certified by the Secretary of State from the state in which the document was executed
- Documents from the District of Columbia must be certified by the Government of the District of Columbia Notarial Section
- Note: the document doesn’t have to be certified by the clerk of court from the county in which the notary is commissioned if the Secretary of State will certify directly to the notary.