District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) Apostille

District of Columbia ApostilleDo you need your U.S. Federal Government documents authenticated through the District of Columbia or the US Department of State?  We can apostille, certify, legalize, and attest your documents through the US Federal Government and all Embassy offices located in the District.

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 DC office are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

Our processing time through the Secretary of DC is 1-2 business days and the US Department of State is four business days.  We recommend that you mail in your documents by FedEx, UPS, DHL, or USPS priority mail.

Common US Government documents we apostille are:

US Department of Agriculture – USDA
– Animal/Plant Certifications
– Animal Health Certifications

U.S. Food and Drug Administration – FDA
– Certificate of Free Sale (Can also be issued by the local Chamber of Commerce or State office)
– Certificate of Origin (Can also be issued by the local Chamber of Commerce or State office)
– Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product – FDA

US Department of Health and Human Services – HHS
– Certificate to Foreign Governments
– Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product
– Certificate of Free Sale
– Certificate of Export

US Department of Justice – DOJ
– FBI Back ground check (FBI Apostille)
– U.S. Federal Court Documents
– U.S. Bankruptcy Court
– Petition for Name Change from a US District Court (Federal)

US Department of Treasury – USDH
– Certificate of Free Sale / Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – USPTO
– Trademark / Patent

U.S. Department of Homeland Security – DHS
– Certificate of Naturalization
– Certification of Nonexistence of Record

Environmental Protection Agency – EPA

Social Security Administration – SSA
– Income and Benefits Letter

Office of Personnel Management – OPM

Internal Revenue Service – IRS
– Form 6166 Apostille
– Federal Tax Return Apostille
– W2 Forms

National Archives and Records Administration – NARA

Here is a short video that explains the process…

Our Customer Service representatives are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions. 1-888-903-7446 or 1-202-779-9611.

International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document apostille services in Washington, D.C. We process documents from all 50 U.S. States including documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government.

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US Department of State Apostille – Washington, D.C.

US Department of State ApostilleDo you need to apostille your documents through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.?

The U.S. Department of State issues an apostille or certificate on documents originating from the U.S. Federal Government.  These documents include:

  • FBI Background Check
  • FDA Documents
  • USDA Documents
  • Social Security Income and Benefits Statement
  • IRS Forms – 6166
  • Notarized documents from a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate office
  • State certified documents for non-Hague Apostille countries
  • Certificate of Free Sale
  • US Patent and Tradmark Certificates
  • and more!

Here is a short video that explains the process…

Documents issued from the U.S. Federal Government can receive an apostille if the requesting country is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

For example, if you need your FDA Certificate to Free Sale apostilled for Russia, your document will only require U.S. Department of State apostille service.  Also, please note that the U.S. Department of State cannot apostille State issued documents destined for Hague Apostille member countries.

Documents destined for countries who are not members of the Hague Apostille Convention will receive a certificate.  Documents destined for non-member countries will also require Embassy or Consulate legalization.  These countries include: Egypt, UAE, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, and more!

For example, if the country of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is requesting to have your FDA Certificate to Foreign Government certified and legalized, then your document will require US Department of State certification and UAE Embassy legalization.  If for example you need  to have your California marriage certificate certificate and legalized for the UAE, your document requires, California State certification, US Department of State certification, and UAE Embassy legalization.

Obtaining an apostille for a U.S. Federal Government document 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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Petition for Name Change Apostille – US District Court

US Department of State ApostilleDo you need an apostille on a Petition for Name Change from the US District Court?

A petition for name change requires two steps to be completed.  The document must first be authenticated through the Justice Department in Washington D.C. before the US Department of State will attach the apostille.  You must submit a certified copy issued by the US District Court.  A certified copy will contain an original signature and a raised seal.

The Department of Justice will authenticate your document with a red ribbon seal and signature (see example below).  This two step process is required in order to authenticate documents issued by the U.S. District Court (Federal Court).

Please note that documents issued by the U.S. District Court (Federal) is not the same as documents issued by the State court.  State court documents can be apostilled from the State that issued the documents.  Documents issued from the U.S. District Court (Federal) can only be authenticated by the Justice Department and receive the apostille from the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Common documents we receive from the U.S. Department of Justice are:

  • Petition for Name Change
  • Bankruptcy Documents
  • U.S. Federal Court Documents
  • U.S. District Court Documents
  • United States Supreme Court

Here is an example of a petition for name change:

Petition for Name Change Apostille
Here is an example of the authentication letter issued by the Justice Department:

United State Department of Justice Apostille Example

International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document authentication services. We process documents from all 50 U.S. States including documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government.

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IRS Form 6166 Apostille

How to ApostilleAre you planning to conduct business outside the United States?  IRS Form 6166 is a letter printed on U.S. Department of Treasury stationary that certifies that a person or company is a United States resident for purposes of income tax laws of the United States.  This form is used to claim income tax treaty benefits and certain other tax benefits in foreign countries.  Form 6166 is also used to claim exemption from a VAT (Value Added Tax) imposed by a foreign country.

Many business set up representation in foreign countries in order to conduct business in that country.  If the country has a tax treaty with the United States, the individual or company must provide proof to the foreign government in order to qualify for the reduced rate.  Form 6166 is also used to claim exemption from a VAT (Value Added Tax) imposed by a foreign country.

Tax treaties may allow residents of foreign countries to be taxed at a reduced rate.  This helps prevent double taxation.

In order to obtain an apostille on Form 6166, you must first obtain this document by completing form 8802.  Once you have the form printed on the Department of Treasury stationary, you can then mail-in this letter to our Washington, D.C. office for processing through the U.S. Department of State.  Our processing time is four business days.

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US District Court Apostille

Do you need an apostille on a document issued form the United States District Court?

The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the U.S. Federal Court system.  Authenticating documents issued by the Federal Courts is a two-step process. The documents must first be authenticated by the Justice Department before the documents can be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State.

Here is an example of the authentication letter issued by the U.S. Justice Department prior to being eligible for an Apostille from the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Documents issued by the U.S. District Court must be certified documents.  A certified document will typically have an embossed seal, a stamped seal of the U.S. District Court, signature of the Deputy Clerk, and the date the document was certified.

If your documents are not a certified copy, you must contact the District Court and obtain a certified copy.  We can only help you with documents mailed into our Washington, D.C. office.  We do not have access to obtain certified documents on you behalf.

Common documents we receive from the U.S. Department of Justice are:

  • Petition for Name Change
  • Bankruptcy Documents
  • U.S. Federal Court Documents
  • *FBI Background Checks

*To request an FBI Background check, we recommend that you contact an FBI Approved Channeler. FBI background checks do not require Justice Department authentication prior to being apostilled by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

We can also authenticate documents issued from the:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Social Security Administration
  • Office of Personal Management

Document issued by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia will be authenticated through the Secretary of the District of Columbia.  Washington DC Apostille

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