US Department of State Apostille

We specialize in authenticating documents issued from all 50 States and the United States Federal Government for use in another country who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.  Our office can also certify and legalize documents for non-members countries who also require Embassy or Consulate legalization.

Why work with us?

Our office in Washington, D.C. is minutes away from the U.S. Department of State and Embassy offices.  Every morning, our staff hand-delivers and picks-up documents directly from the U.S. Department of State. Once your documents are complete (2-4 business days), we will pick them up from the U.S. Department of State and overnight them back to your return address.  There is no additional fee for the FedEx overnight return shipping.  International shipping is available at an additional cost.

If your documents also require Embassy or Consulate legalization, our staff will hand-deliver and pick-up from the Embassy offices.  Embassy and Consulate Legalization in Washington, D.C.

The following countries are non-members of the Hague Apostille Convention and will require multiple steps to complete:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burma MyanmarCambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Congo Republic, Congo Democratic, Ivory Coast, CubaEgypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, JamaicaJordanKenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, MauritaniaMoroccoMozambique, Myanmar Burma, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, QatarRwandaSaudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, TanzaniaTogoThailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen,Zambia,Zimbabwe

The following 113 countries are members of the Hague Apostille Convention and will require an Apostille from the Secretary of the State or the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

This list was last revised on August 2016.

Albania Greece Oman
Andorra Grenada Panama
Antigua and Barbuda Honduras Paraguay
Argentina Hong Kong Peru
Armenia Hungary Poland
Australia Iceland Portugal
Austria India Romania
Azerbaijan Ireland Russia
Bahamas Israel Saint Kitts and Nevis
Bahrain Italy Saint Lucia
Barbados Japan Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Belarus Kosovo Samoa
Belgium Kazakhstan San Marino
Belize Kyrgyzstan Sao Tome and Principe
Bosnia and Herzegovina Latvia Serbia
Botswana Lesotho Seychelles
  Brazil Liberia Slovakia
Brunei Liechtenstein Slovenia
Bulgaria Lithuania South Africa
Burundi Luxembourg South Korea
Cape Verde Macau Spain
Chile Macedonia Suriname
Colombia Malawi Swaziland
Cook Islands Malta Sweden
Costa Rica Marshall Islands Switzerland
Croatia Mauritius Tajikistan
Cyprus Mexico Tonga
Czech Republic Moldova Trinidad and Tobago
Denmark Monaco Turkey
Dominica Mongolia Ukraine
Dominican Republic Montenegro United Kingdom
Ecuador   Morocco United States
El Salvador Namibia Uruguay
Estonia Netherlands Uzbekistan
Fiji New Zealand Vanuatu
   Finland Nicaragua   Venezuela
France  Niue
Georgia  Norway


In addition to processing State issued documents, we can also process documents issued from the U.S. Federal Government.  These documents include: FBI background checks, Social Security Income and Benefits Statements, Petition for Name Change Affidavits, U.S. Federal Court documents, FDA, USDA documents, and more!

The most common types of documents submitted for authentication and legalization to the US Department of State include:

Personal Documents:

  • Academic Credentials (diplomas, transcripts, letters, etc)
  • Birth Certificates
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Death Certificate
  • Divorce Certificate
  • FBI Fingerprint or Police Report FBI Apostille
  • Marriage License
  • Name Change Affidavit
  • Petition for Name Change (requires U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Department of State)
  • Power of attorney
  • References and Job Certification
  • Single Status to Marry
  • Teacher Credentials
  • U.S. Department of Justice Document
  • U.S. District Court Document
  • IRS Form 6166

Business / Corporate Documents:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Free Sale
  • Certificate to Foreign Government
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Commercial Invoices
  • Authorization of Agent
  • Department of Health and Human Services Documents
  • Distributorship Agreements
  • Food and Drug (FDA) Administration Documents
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Patents (USPTO)
  • Power of Attorney

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