An apostille (“ah-post-eel”) is a type of document certification accepted as valid in all countries that are party to the Hague Convention. Documents issued by a state (birth certificates, marriage certificates, court documents, etc.) or have been notarized (diplomas, certificates, power of attorney, etc.) must be apostilled by the Secretary of State of where the document was issued. Elite Document provides apostille services for all 50 states, as well as DC and Puerto Rico, and the US Department of State.
It’s necessary for all documents that are to be used in a country that is part of the Hague Convention to be Apostilled (a certification page attached onto the document that will be used abroad).The Secretary of State will certify documents that have been signed by a notary from that state as well as State and County documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, court documents, etc., however, each Secretary of State has its own requirements for the documents it will certify.
DC Secretary of State Apostille can be done within 2 business days.
Secretary of State Apostille can take an average of 5-10 business days.
Another type of certification done by the Secretary of State is called a “Certification” or “Authentication” these are for documents being used in counties not part of the Apostille/Hague Convention also known as Embassy or Consular legalization.
We can physically present documents to the US Department of State, making the process faster and more secure than mailing them in yourself. Currently the US Department of State walk-in service is taking an average of 3-4 business days for any document to be Apostilled. They are open to the public Monday- Friday from 8am-9am (closed on all federal holidays).
We know how important and time-sensitive these documents are to you. That is why Elite Documents treats each document we receive with the utmost care and personal attention. We strive to achieve the highest level of customer service and maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
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Documents that can receive the Secretary of State Apostille include, but are not limited to:
School Verification Letters
Note: All higher educational documents must be issued from regionally accredited US colleges or universities.
If the country you will use your documents is not part of the Hague Convention (Non-Apostille) your documents will need to undergo the Authentication/Embassy Legalization processthough the U.S Department of State in Washington D.C and the attestation at the Embassy or Consulate. We service all types of documents and every country. Let us know how we can help you.