US Authentication Services

Types of Apostilles

There are Different Types of Apostilles

We obtain an Apostille on your personal or commercial document by submitting it to the Secretary of State or to the US Department of State in Washington DC, depending on which type of Apostille is needed.

Apostille from the Secretary of State

If your documents are personal or commercial documents, they are submitted by us to the Secretary of State's office in Washington DC to obtain the Apostille.

  • Personal and Commercial documents
  • Generally obtained in about 2-3 business days
  • Cost is $65 per document (includes the Notarization—$5 and Secretary of State—$15 fees)

Some examples of documents which fall in this category include:

Diplomas, Transcripts, Powers of Attorney (Personal and Commercial), Commercial Agreements, and Birth/Marriage certificates (only applicable for certain states, please contact us for more info)

Apostille from the US Department of State

If you need an Apostille on documents issued by US Federal agencies, then we obtain the Apostille from the US Department of State. Our services expedite the processing time compared to mailing the documents to the US State Department's Office of Authentication as the request is submitted in person.

  • Generally obtained in about 4-5 business days
  • Cost is $55 per document, which includes the $8 department fee

Some examples of documents which fall in this category include:

FBI Background Checks, IRS Documents, INS Documents, Certificates to Foreign Government, and Naturalization Certificates

Apostille or Authentication/Legalization? Which One?

If you are unsure whether your document requires Apostille or Authentication/Legalization, please visit the list of countries page to check which group the country is listed under.

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To place an order for the Apostille process or Authentication process, please visit our How to Order page or submit your inquiry via the form on this page.


If you would like to clarify the process on your documents or have any special requests, please contact us.

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