Apostille Travel Consent

Do you need an apostille on a Travel Consent?

When one or both parents are not able to accompany a minor child during travel, a travel consent letter will need to be prepared, signed, notarized, and certified by an apostille from the State office.

A travel consent letter is required not only from the airline, but most countries will also request this letter to be certified by an apostille in order to prove that the official (notary public) did in fact meet with the signer of the document.  The parent who is not traveling with the child will need to sign the travel consent letter and have it notarized.  If both parents are not traveling with the minor child, then both of their signatures will need to be signed and notarized.

Examples of a travel consent letter can be found online or the airline can provide you a sample to complete.  We recommend that you take this letter to a local notary who will acknowledge the signature of the signer(s).  Please, be sure that you find a notary with a minimum of five years of experience notarizing documents in order to avoid any errors or delays.

We can apostille a travel consent letter signed and notarized in any U.S. State, U.S. Embassy, or U.S. Consulate office.  If you are in the USA, you can find a local notary at the local bank or shipping center.  You can also hire a traveling notary to meet you at the office or home.  If you are outside of the USA, you can find the closest U.S. Federal Notary at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate office for assistance.

Once we receive your notarized document, we can process it with the State office as fast as the same business day.  For example, a travel consent letter signed and notarized in the State of California can be processed through our Los Angeles office the same-day.  Please, call us so we can email you the instructions, cost, and order forms.

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your travel consent letter. Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-484-5296 (International Callers).

Obtaining an apostille on your travel consent letter can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

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Apostille Degree

Do you need to apostille your Degree?

If you attended a High School, College, University, or a Trade School in the United States and plan to work, continue your education, or obtain a long term Visa in another country, the requesting country will ask that your degree be authenticated by the School’s Registrar prior to receiving an apostille from the Secretary of State.

A degree must be signed and notarized by the School’s Registrar. In order to determine if your degree has been notarized, you can look for the original signature of the Registrar and the seal and signature of the notary public on the diploma. Every school has policies and procedures on how a degree is notarized. I recommend that you contact the school and find out their procedure and if they have a notary on staff.  You can also request a traveling notary to meet with the Registrar.

BEWARE OF APOSTILLE SERVICE COMPANIES WHO WILL RE-NOTARIZE YOUR DEGREE IN ANOTHER STATE OR WITHOUT THE SCHOOL REGISTRAR’S SIGNATURE.

In some situations, the school will draft a letter on school letterhead certifying that the attached copy of the diploma is authentic.  This letter is then notarized and apostilled from the State office. Also, the country requesting your degree will provide you instructions on what is required.

Once your degree has been notarized, we recommend that you contact us so we can email you the instructions and order forms.  Also, some countries have strict requirements on how a degree should be authenticated.  These countries include: Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.  Documents destined for these countries require multiple steps and additional supporting documentation.

The processing time and cost depends on the State the degree has been notarized in and the country requesting the degree. For example, a degree notarized in California and for Spain is going to cost less than a degree notarized in New York and for Qatar.  Our staff can provide you the cost and processing time.

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your degree. Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-484-5296 (International Callers).

Obtaining an apostille on your degree can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

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Apostille Single Status

Do you need an apostille on a Single Status?

Are you planning on getting married in another country?  If you are planning to get married in another country,  you will need to obtain an apostille on your single status affidavit.  A single status affidavit is a document that states you are currently not married to another person in the USA.

It’s basically a sworn statement.  The reason for this is to prevent individuals form getting married to more than one person at a given time.  You can obtain a single status affidavit by contacting the local County Clerk or you can draft your own document and have it notarized (see example below).  If you are outside of the USA, the local U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate office will also be able to assist you with the production and notarization of this document.

Some countries may also refer to this document as:
Single Status Affidavit
No Record of Marriage
Certificate of Freedom to Marry
Certificate of No Impediment for Marriage
Certificate of No Record – Marriage
Affidavit of Single Status
Affidavit of Marriageability
Certificate of No Public Record
Marriageability Affidavit

Here is an example of a single status affidavit:

Depending on how you obtain your single status (County Clerk, Court, State, US Embassy or US Consulate), we recommend that you contact us so we can provide you step-by-step instructions.  For example, if you obtained your single status affidavit from the County Clerk in Los Angeles, California, you will need to mail in this document to our Los Angeles California apostille office.  Another example, if you obtain your single status from a U.S. Embassy in China, you will need to mail in this document to our Washington, D.C. apostille office for processing.

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on our documents. Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-484-5296 (International Callers).

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

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How to Apostille a Texas Birth Certificate

Do you need an apostille on your Texas Birth Certificate?

In order to apostille a Texas birth certificate, the certificate must be issued from the State, County, City, or local Registrar.  Please note that a birth certificate cannot be notarized.

Note: We recommend that birth certificates issued from the State of Texas be issued within the past five years.

There are several ways in which you can guarantee that the State will process your birth certificate:

  1. Obtain a certified copy from the State, County, City, or local Registrar
  2. Obtain a certified copy from the Texas State Vital Records office (State office).

If you do mail in a birth certificate older than five years, will will present your document to the State office for review.  If the State rejects your document, we will obtain the rejection letter and contact you the same-day.

If we do contact you regarding the rejection of your birth certificate, there are two steps you can take:

  1. You can order a new certified copy from the State, County, City, or local Registrar or online through http://www.VitalCheck.com (Best choice)
  2. Contact the Texas Vital Records Department for information.  (Can take a longer time if you go this route)

At International Apostille Services, Inc. Texas, we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your Texas birth certificate.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-512-640-4960 (International Callers).

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

International Apostille Order Form PDF SmallClick to download our International Apostille Order Form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.

Apostille Marriage Certificate – Wedding

Do you need to apostille a marriage certificate?

If you were married in the United States and would like to have your marriage recognized in another country, you will be asked to have your marriage certificate apostilled.  We can apostille a marriage certificate issued from all 50 U.S. States including the District of Colombia (Washington, D.C.)

In order to apostille a marriage certificate, it must be presented to the State office for verification.  Only the State that has issued your license can apostille the document.  For example, if your marriage certificate is from the State of California, only the California Secretary of State can affix the apostille to the certificate.  In some States, the Secretary of State is called the Department of State or the Lt. Governors office.  Regardless, the roles are the same.

In many situations, filing a marriage certificate in a foreign country does have its advantages.

For example, if would like to obtain dual citizenship with certain countries (Example: Italy, Spain etc…), you will be asked to have your marriage certificate apostilled. This helps prove to the other country that your marriage certificate is legitimate.  Also, in some countries, in order to be considered husband and wife, a marriage certificate must be filed with the Foreign Government (Example: UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, etc…).

There are many other reasons why you would need to apostille a marriage certificate.  Are you selling a property? Buying property? Inheritance?  Proving that you were married to a person? Opening a bank account?

If you have been instructed to obtain an apostille on your marriage certificate, we recommend that you contact our office for instructions.

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your documents.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-202-779-9611 (International Callers).

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Secretary of State Apostille

Are you requesting a Secretary of State Apostille?

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your documents.  We can process documents issued from all 50 U.S. States (Example: Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce, Single Status, etc…) including documents issued form the U.S. Federal Government (Example: FDA, USDA, FBI, IRS, SSA, etc…).

Documents originating from a specific State must be apostilled from the same State.  For example, if you have a Florida birth certificate, it must be apostilled through the Florida Secretary of State’s office.  In some States, the Secretary of State is called the Department of State or the Lieutenant Governor’s office.  Regardless, the role and function is the same as the Secretary of State.

Only the Secretary of State has the authority to issue an apostille on a U.S. State issued document.  If you were born in Washington, D.C, the Secretary of D.C. would issue the apostille.  All other Federal issued documents are processed through the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.  If your document was notarized at a U.S. Embassy outside of the U.S. and for a country other than the U.S., the U.S. Department of State would issue the apostille on your document.

Common documents we can apostille are:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Divorce Decree
  • Single Status Affidavit
  • Background Checks (Local, State, FBI)
  • Power of Attorney
  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Driver License
  • Transcripts
  • Diplomas
  • Authorization Letter
  • Travel Consent Letter
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Certification of Free Sale
  • Certification of Origin
  • Corporate Power of Attorney
  • Commercial Invoice

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

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FBI Criminal Background Check Apostille

Do you need an apostille on a FBI Criminal Background Check?

If you are planning to move, obtain dual citizenship, get married, or continue your education in another country, you will be asked to obtain an apostille on your FBI criminal background check.

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your documents.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff at our Washington, D.C. office are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-202-779-9611 (International Callers).

FBI criminal background checks issued from the FBI Channeler can be processed through our Washington, D.C. office.  We recommend that you contact the FBI Channeler directly.  They will assist you in obtaining your background check as fast as a few business days.

If you are unable to utilize the services of an FBI channeler, you can contact the FBI directly for instructions.

Documents received at our Washington, D.C. office by 2pm can be submitted to the U.S. Department of State Office of Authentications the next business morning.  The current processing time is four business days and we do provide FedEx 1-2 day return shipping at no additional cost.

Documents submitted directly to the U.S. Department of State by mail can take over a month to process.  We recommend that you mail in your documents to our office in order to avoid any delays.  Our staff will hand-deliver and pick-up your documents quickly saving you the heartache of waiting for one of the most important documents you will need.

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

International Apostille Order Form PDF SmallClick to download our International Apostille Order Form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.

Apostille a Diploma and Transcript

Do you need an apostille on your Diploma?

If you are planning to continue your education or start a new job in another country (Example: South Korea), you will be asked to obtain an apostille on your diploma.

We can apostille diplomas issued from any University, College, High School, and trade school.  We can even apostille State issued certificates (Example: Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate, Teaching License, etc…).

In addition to obtaining an apostille on your diploma, you may also be asked to obtain an FBI criminal background check apostille.  Our office in Washington DC can assist you with the apostille but you will need to contact an FBI approved channeler to help you with the background check.

The first step in obtaining an apostille on your diploma is to contact the school’s registrar.  You will need to speak with the school’s registrar and request a notary to meet with the registrar to notarize his or her signature on the diploma.  Every school has procedures in place on how to notarize a diploma.  Some will request that you mail in the original while others may request that you order a new diploma. We recommend that you contact your school today for instructions.

Warning: A diploma must be signed by the school’s registrar, notarized, and apostilled from the same State the school is located in. 

Once you have obtained the notarized copy, you can them mail in this document to our office for processing.  A diploma mailed in directly from the school must at least include our order form.  It’s important that this order form accompanies your diploma so we know who to contact for payment once we receive it.  A second option is to have the diploma mailed to a family member or friend who will then forward it to us with the order form.  We recommend that you contact us so we can email you the correct forms.

We can apostille your diploma as fast as one business day.  Please, call our office at 1-888-810-4054 ext 1 so we can provide you the instructions and order forms.

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your documents.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-484-5296 (International Callers).

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

International Apostille Order Form PDF SmallClick to download our International Apostille Order Form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.

Apostille a Driver License

Do you need to apostille your driver license? If you are planning to drive in another country (Example: South Korea), you may be asked to obtain an apostille on a color copy of your driver license.   If your driver license was issued from any of the 50 U.S. States, we can help!

The first step is to find a notary who will be able to assist you with the copy certification process.  The process involves making a color copy of your driver license and having it notarized.  Before we can apostille the copy, it must be signed and notarized in the State of issuance.  For example, if your driver license was issued from the State of California, you will need to have a color copy notarized in California.  If your driver license was issued from the State of Texas, the color copy will need to be signed and notarized in the State of Texas before we can apostille it (Texas Apostille).

Note: Each U.S. State issues an apostille and a driver license.  Your driver license must be apostilled from the state of issuance.  If your license is from the District of Colombia (Washington, D.C.), our office in DC can copy certify your license and obtain the apostille.

Some States may refer to this type of notarization as “Copy Certification” while others will have you write out a statement and sign it in front of a notary (Jurat Statement).  We recommend that you find a knowledgeable notary who will be able to help you with the notarization process.

If you are currently outside of the USA, you will need to seek the assistance of a family member or friend who is located in the same State your driver license originates from.  For example, if you are currently in South Korea, and your driver license is from Florida, you can have a family member or friend copy certify your driver license with a notary in the State of Florida and then mail in the document to our Florida office for processing.  Please note that you will need to mail in the original driver license in order for the notary to perform the notarization.

If your driver license originates from: California, New York or Washington DC, we can copy certify your license if you mail in the original to our office.  Please note that we have nine offices throughout the United States and each office can process documents from specific states (State Jurisdiction).  For example, even though we do not have an office in Nevada, our Los Angeles office can process through the State of Nevada.  Our nine offices cover all 50 U.S. States.

Once the copy has been notarized, the second step is to mail in your original notarized copy to our office for processing.  The cost and processing time varies by State.  In a handful of States, a notarized document also requires County Clerk authentication prior to the Apostille.

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on our documents.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-484-5296 (International Callers).

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

International Apostille Order Form PDF SmallClick to download our International Apostille Order Form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.

Apostille a Birth Certificate

Do you need to apostille a birth certificate?

A birth certificate issued from any of the 50 US States must be apostilled from the State that issued the certificate.  The certificate must either be issued from the Health Department, County Clerk, or the State Registrar.  The certificate must bear the official signature of the official who is authorized to sign it. In order to obtain the Hague Apostille for this certificate, it must be mailed in to our office for processing.

For example, if you were born in New York City, your New York birth certificate must be apostilled from the State of New York.  The same holds true for a California birth certificate.  A birth certificate issued from the State of California can only be apostilled from the California State office.

International Apostille Services, Inc., has nine strategically located offices throughout the United States.  Each one of our offices can process documents from a select few States.  We recommend that you contact us for instructions, cost, and our order forms.  You can also download our apostille order forms. 1-888-810-4054

WARNING: If an apostille company offers to apostille a birth certificate in a state other than the one it was issued from, then the apostille is considered invalid (Basically fraud).  For example, if your California birth certificate was issued with a New York apostille, this apostille is invalid and fraudulent.  A notary cannot copy certify a vital record certificate (Birth, Death, Marriage) and process it through another State.  Example: The State of New York cannot apostille a signature of a California official who signed your California birth certificate.  We recommend that you work with a reputable apostille service company who will obtain the apostille from the State that the certificate was issued from.

We have provided examples of State issued apostilles here: State Apostille Examples

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on our documents.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-484-5296 (International Callers).

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

Certifying, attesting, and legalizing documents can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the authentication process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you.

International Apostille Order Form PDF SmallClick to download our International Apostille Order Form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.