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 New York birth certificate, the certificate must receive an apostille from the New York Secretary of State’s office (NY Department of State). In some States, the Secretary of State is called the Department of State or the Lieutenant Governor’s office. Regardless of what they call themselves, 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. The County Clerk and notary cannot issue an apostille. In the United States, all States can issue a apostille. In Washington, D.C., the Secretary of D.C. and the U.S. Department of State can issue an apostille.
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
- 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 from the Secretary of State 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!