Afghanistan Embassy Legalization – Washington, D.C.
We provide fast document authentication, certification, attestation, and Embassy legalization services for Afganistan.
Because Afghanistan is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, your documents must first be processed through the State, the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and then through the Afghanistan Embassy in Washington, D.C.
**Note: As of this article, the Afghanistan Embassy processing time is 3-4 weeks. Please, contact us for the most current processing time. Thank you.
This three-step-process is required for documents destined for the country of Afghanistan.
The very first step depends on the type of document you need authenticated. If your document requires notarization, you will need to meet with an experienced local notary near you to notarize your signature on the document. It’s important to inform the notary that the document will be authenticated by the State and to follow the notarial laws in their State to avoid any delays or additional costs. We recommend that you choose a notary who is a member of the National Notary Association. Notaries who are members of the National Notary Association (NNA) can download the notary forms from NNA website.
Please note: If your document is written in Arabic, please find a certified translator in your State to translate the documents to English. You must also ask the translator to have his/her signature notarized on the document. If the translator is not located in your State, you will need to have the document notarized in your State. You can find a certified translator by visiting the American Translator’s Association website. Remember, if the translator is in another State, you can sign and notarize the document in your State.
Documents issued by the State or County Clerk do not need notarization as these documents are already signed by a State or County Clerk official. These documents include: Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Divorce Decree (Court Documents), Articles of Incorporation, Statement of Information, Certificate to Foreign Government, Certificate of Good Standing, etc…
You can read more on the type of documents we authenticate for Afghanistan by clicking this link: Afghanistan Document Legalization
As mentioned earlier in this article, legalizing documents for Afghanistan is a three-step-process. We’ve put together a small illustration below to help you understand the process.
Step 1: U.S. State Certification – Because Afghanistan is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, your documents will receive a certification from the State and not an Apostille. Each State’s certificate differs from the other. In the United States, we have 50 different certificates. We can process documents issued from all 50 U.S. States and the U.S. Federal Government. We have six offices strategically located in the United Sates to expedite certification process. We recommend that you contact us before you mail-in your document in order to avoid any delays.
The processing time and fee can vary for each State. For example, we can certify documents in California, Washington, D.C., New York, Maryland, Arizona, and Nevada in 1-2 business days. For all other states, Please Contact Us for a price quote and estimated time for completion. Certifying documents for some States can take up to two weeks (Example: Michigan).
Step 2: U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Certification – The very next step is to certify your documents through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. You can see an example of a certificate issued by the U.S. Department of State by clicking this link: U.S. Department of State Certificate Example
The processing time with the U.S. Department of State is currently 3-4 business days. Please Contact Us for a price quote and estimated time for completion. The certification process from the U.S. Department of Sate is in addition to the State Certification.
Step 3: Afghanistan Embassy Legalization – The Embassy of Afghanistan is located in Washington, D.C. In order for the Embassy to legalize your documents, they must first be certified by the State and the U.S. Department of State. The Embassy currently has a 3-4 week turn-around. Please contact us for the most up to date Embassy document fee.
Note: The processing time with the Afghanistan Embassy is 3-4 weeks. Please Contact Us for a price quote and estimated time for completion.
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