Apostille & Embassy Legalization

We provide apostille service for state and federal level and embassy legalization services for all states.

Documents issued in the United States that will be used in a foreign country may require authentication by apostille or certification and legalization. The type of certification or authentication required depends on the country your document will be presented in.

Countries that are signatories of The Hague Convention of 1961 Hague Convention require apostilles.  State issued documents are typically certified in the office of the Secretary of State of the state that issued your document(i.e. a Washington State birth certificate would be authenticated by apostille by the WA Secretary of State and a document notarized by a notary public in Texas would be authenticated by apostille by the Texas Secretary of State).

Federally issued documents are authenticated by the U.S. Department of State. For more information about apostilles and authentications under the Hague Convention of 1961, see The U.S. State Department or our Apostille & Embassy Legalization Frequently Asked Questions

Countries that are not signatories to The Hague Convention of 1961 require an authentication process.  The document is certified by the issuing Secretary of State and then undergoes the embassy legalization process by the destination country.

Hague Convention of 1961 Participants

Albania Andorra Antigua & Barbuda Argentina Armenia
Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain
Belarus Belgium Belize Bosnia &Herzegovina Botswana
Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria China (Hong Kong) China (Macao) Colombia
Cook Island Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Estonia
Fiji Finland France FYR of Macedonia Georgia
Germany Greece Grenada Honduras Hungary
Iceland India Ireland Israel Italy
Japan Kazakhstan Korea, Republic of Latvia Lesotho
Liberia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malawi
Malta Marshall Islands Mauritius Mexico Moldova
Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Namibia Netherlands
New Zealand Nicaragua Nieu Norway Oman
Panama Poland Portugal Romania Russian Federation
Saint Kitts & Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino
Sao Tome & Principe Serbia Seychelles Slovakia Slovenia
South Africa Spain Suriname Swaziland Sweden
Switzerland Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Turkey Ukraine
United Kingdom USA Uruguay Vanuatu Venezuela

 

Non-Participating Countries

lgeria Afghanistan Angola Bangladesh Barbados
Benin Bolivia Brazil Burkina Faso Burma
Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Chad
Chile China Congo Republic Congo Democratic Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire Cuba Egypt Eritrea Ethiopia
Ghana Guatemala Guinea Haiti Indonesia
Iraq Jamaica Jordan Kenya Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon Libya Macedonia
Madagascar Malaysia Mali Mauritania Morocco
Myanmar Nepal Niger Nigeria Pakistan
Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Qatar
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Senegal Sierra Leone Singapore
Sri Lanka Sudan Syria Taiwan Tajikistan
Tanzania Thailand Tunisia Turkmenistan UAE
Uganda Uruguay Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen
Zambia Zimbabwe