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Apostille and authentication of documents issued by the U.S. Federal government for use in a foreign country

*Does your document issued by a United States of America government authority need to be used in a foreign country?

See the list of documents, which can be authenticated through the U.S. Department of State here.  

* Apostille is nonvalid if used anywhere within the United States of America, US territories, or possessions. If your document will be used only in the United States, you need to contact the authorities that issued the document or your local government to get information on additional certification required for the use of your document in the U.S.

Complete the easy steps below and we will help you get your document legalized for use abroad:

Step 1. Provide details about your document

   - Is this document an original or a certified copy?
   - If yes, proceed to Step 2.
   - If no, you will first have to procure an original or a certified copy to continue legalization process.

Step 2. Provide a place of issue of the document

    Was the document issued by the US federal government?
   - If yes, then proceed to Step 3.
   - If no:
         - Was your document (corporate or personal document) signed and notarized by a licensed notary public and attested with an apostille or certification from one of the states?
         - If yes, proceed to Step 3.
         - If no, you will need to have the document signed and notarized by a licensed notary public and obtain have an apostille or certification. For further instructions proceed to the U.S. Apostille page.
         - Was your document issued by one of the 50 U.S. States or by the District of Columbia and endorsed with an official stamp/seal?
         - If yes, proceed to U.S. Apostille page.

Step 3.  What is a country of destination?

Is the country of your document’s destination included in this list?

   - If yes, then your document will need an apostille. Proceed to Step 4 for further instructions.
     - If your country is NOT on the list:
     - Does your document bear U.S. Secretary of State certification?
          - If yes, proceed to Step 4.
          - If no, proceed to Certification page for further instructions.
   - If you are not sure, proceed to Step 6.

Step 4. Document check:

To ensure your documents are ready for legalization we would need to review them before we ask you to mail the originals or certified copies to our office. Please upload the documents for legalization to our contact form. We will review your documents and provide you with the total cost estimate and the processing time. You can also see our rates and processing times for different document types on our Rates page. 

Step 5. Fill out the Apostille/Authentication Request Form:

1) Download the Apostille/Authentication Request Form here.
2) Print and fill out the form using our instructions on how to submit the payment and send the required documents to our office. 

We will confirm the receipt of your documents in our office by email or phone. We may also contact you if we have any additional questions pertaining your case. 

Step 6. How to contact us:

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns during our business hours 9 AM - 5 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday:

• By phone: 770-447-0360
• By fax: 770-447-0790
• You can also send us a message via the webform or Contact Us page.

Toll free in the U.S. 866-416-0747 / 770-447-0360