A common question we are asked is, “Do apostilles expire?”
The answer is no. An apostille does not have an expiration date. But, the country requesting your apostille may have a time limit on how old your apostille and document can be.
For example, an FBI background check apostille is typically accepted by most countries if it has been issued and apostilled within the past three months. The reason for this is to prevent criminals from entering their country but also allow time for law abiding citizens enough time in order to complete their documents.
We have seen some countries request a background check issued within the past 30 days with an apostille. It’s important to note every country has procedures to follow. Some countries like Italy request a background check from the State of residence and also the FBI. Be sure to check with the receiving country on what their requirements are in order to avoid any delays or additional costs in completing your documents.
Here is typically what’s included in a Apostille:
- Country … [country name] This public document
- has been signed by … [name]
- acting in the capacity of … [function]
- bears the seal/stamp of … [authority] certified
- at … [location]
- the … [date]
- by … [name]
- No … [apostille registration number]
- Seal/stamp … [of the authority giving the apostille]
- Signature … [signature of authority giving the apostille]
Every US State issues an apostille. You can also obtain an apostille from the Secretary of DC and also the U.S. Department of State. We have provided examples of State issued apostilles here: Example of US State apostilles
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