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.

US Embassy Apostille

Are you in a foreign country and need a U.S. Embassy Apostille?

A U.S. Embassy can assist you in notarizing your document, attesting that you are single (Single Status Affidavit), and providing copy certification for some of your documents.  A U.S. Embassy cannot affix an apostille to your document nor can it attest that your vital record (Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death, etc..) documents are originals or certified copies.

Documents issued from any of the 50 U.S. States and the U.S. Federal Government must be apostilled from the State the documents originate from.  For example, if you have a California birth certificate, the only authority able to apostille this document is the California State office (California Apostille).  If you have a New York birth certificate, the only authority able to apostille this document is the New York State office (New York Apostille).

Document issued by the U.S. Federal Government (Social Security Letters, FBI Background Checks, U.S. Embassy issued Single State Affidavit, VA Letters, etc..) must be apostilled through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. (Washington DC Apostille).

In order to understand the steps required to complete your documents, the first step is to contact our office. It’s important to have your documents with you when you call as we may ask specific information about your documents.

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.

2016 Holiday Hours

Our Holiday Hours:
During the Christmas weekend, ourcustomer service and online chat
service will be available on Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th
between the hours of 8am to 7pm.

Our offices will be closed on Saturday, December 24, 2016.

All documents received between December 23rd and December 27th
will be processed on Tuesday, December 27th.

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During the New Year’s weekend, our customer service and online chat
service will be available on Friday, December 30th and Monday, January 2, 2017
between the hours of 8am to 7pm.

Our offices will be closed on Saturday, December 31, 2016.

All documents received between December 30th and January 2nd
will be processed on January 3, 2017.

Wishing you all the best this Holiday Season!
Thank you for your business!

Expat (Expatriate) Apostille

Are you an expat from the USA and living in another country?  Have you been told that you need to apostille or certify/attest your documents? If your documents originated from the USA, we can help!

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).

The most common documents we can apostille for expatriates are:

  1. FBI Background Check
  2. State Background Check
  3. Diplomas and Transcripts
  4. Employment Verification
  5. Single Status Affidavit
  6. Divorce Decrees
  7. Driver License

It’s important to know what type of documents are being requested from you before you contact our office.  For example, if your current employer is requesting a background check, you will need to find out if a FBI background check is sufficient.  Some employers will request an FBI background check in addition to a State background check.

If you are planning to get married and need to prove that you are single, you will need to contact the County Clerk and request a single status affidavit.  Most US Embassy or US Consulate offices can also provide you a sworn notarized affidavit that you are single.

As soon as you know what type of documents you need to apostille, go ahead and call our office 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-484-5296 (International Callers).  You can also email us at: support@internationalapostille.com

In addition to providing apostille services, our office can also certify and legalize documents for countries who are not members of the Hague Apostille Convention.  The most popular countries we can certify, legalize, and attest documents are for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Kuwait.  Many expats from the USA enjoy working in these countries because of the quality of life and pay.

In order to understand the steps required to complete your documents, the first step is to contact our office. It’s important to have your documents with you when you call as we may ask specific information about your documents.

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.

Chamber of Commerce Apostille

Chamber of Commerce ApostilleDo you have a document issued or notarized by the local Chamber of Commerce that requires an apostille?

From our experience, only a handful of documents will require the Chamber of Commerce to issue and/or notarize.

These documents include:

  1. Certificate of Origin
  2. Commercial Invoice
  3. Certificate of Free Sale

A certificate of Free Sale can be issued by the Company, Chamber of Commerce, State office, and Federal Government.  It’s important to find out who will issue this document.  For some documents, the FDA can issue the Certificate of Free sale.

If you are planning to export goods into another country, you will be required to provide the necessary paperwork (Certificate of Origin and Commercial Invoice).  The most common countries to request these type of documents are: Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Libya, Yemen, Lebanon, Vietnam, and Iran.

Note: If the country requesting your documents is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, then only your documents require is the State Apostille.  Hague Apostille Member Countries

The requirements for every country is unique.  Some countries will request your documents to be notarized by the local Chamber of Commerce while others only require a company representative to sign the documents in front of a notary public.  Some countries will request the documents to be authenticated by the National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce while another will ask for the documents to be authenticated through a designated law office in Washington, D.C.

In order to understand the requirements of the country, the first step is to contact our office. It’s important to have your documents with you when you call.  Also, we will need to know the value of your commercial invoice.

International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document certification, legalization, attestation, and apostille services.

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.

NATIONAL US ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN DC

National US Arab Chamber of CommerceDo you need to attest your Certificate of Origin and Commercial Invoice through the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce?

The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), established nearly 50 years ago, is America’s longest serving organization dedicated to U.S.-Arab business. NUSACC is widely regarded as the voice of American business in the 22 countries of the Arab world and the premier portal to the United States for Arab commercial enterprises.

NUSACC is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is registered under U.S. law as a 501-c-6 chamber of commerce.  The Chamber is an independent, membership-driven entity that receives no income from foreign governments.  NUSACC’s stakeholders include more than 25,000 companies, and the vast majority of these are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in the United States.

The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce is the ONLY business entity in the United States that is officially recognized and sanctioned by the League of Arab States and the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture.  As such, NUSACC is a “sister chamber” and partner to the national chambers of commerce throughout the Arab world.

Do you need your Certificate of Origin (C/O), Commercial Invoice (C/I), Packing Slip, or Bill of Lading certified and legalized?  Our office in Washington DC can attest your documents through the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce as fast as one business day.

To get started, please click on the country you will be exporting your products to:

Algeria Lebanon Sudan
Bahrain Libya Syria
Egypt Morocco Tunisia
Iran Oman UAE
Iraq Palestine Yemen
Jordan Qatar
Kuwait Saudi Arabia

 

Here is an example of the seal of the National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce.
national-us-arab-chamber-of-commerce-seal

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of legalizing your documents for the countries listed above.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday-Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  We provide expedited US legalization services ensuring that your documents will be completed quickly.

Visit the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC)

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.

Apostille Expiration

Apostille Frequently Asked QuestionsA 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

International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document certification, legalization, attestation, and apostille services.

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.