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What documents are eligible for federal apostilles issued by the U.S. Department of State? The answer is: documents issued by federal agencies, e.g. FBI background checks, IRS Residency Certifications (Forms 6166), documents issued by the Food and Drug Administration, USDA, DOJ, SSA, FAA, USPTO, etc. A federal apostille certificate is a seal that will make these documents valid outside the United States.

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How to order a U.S. federal apostille?

Email a copy for a free evaluation. We will advise if your document qualifies for a federal apostille. Then, send the original to us, and we will take care of the apostille legalization.


US apostille: $175 (Fedex within the U.S. is included)
FedEx (2nd day): $20
FedEx (standard overnight): $30
FedEx International: $75 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe, South America, Africa: $115
FedEx to Eastern Europe and South America is
Processing time: currently 9-10 weeks. There is no expedited service.
Complete the Order form and enclose it with your document(s). Our mailing address is
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331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 1
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Red Bank, NJ 07701
Not sure if your document qualifies for a federal apostille? Email a copy of your document for a free evaluation

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U.S. federal apostille guidelines

The following documents can be authenticated by a federal apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State in Washington: 

apostille acceptable criminal background checks issued by the FBI (Read more about FBI apostilles...)
apostille acceptable U.S. residency certifications (Form 6166) issued by the IRS (Read more about apostilles for Forms 6166...)
apostille acceptable documents issued by USDA, FDA, DOJ, SSA, FAA, USPTO
apostille acceptable documents issued by the U.S. District Courts
apostille acceptable documents bearing a signature of an American Consular Officer. Please email a copy of the document. We will check if a particular signature is on file with the U.S. Department of State
apostille acceptable a Military Notary, Judge Advocate (10 USC 1044a)
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 Frequently asked questions: U.S. federal apostilles

If your document is intended for a foreign country, in most cases, it cannot be presented as is. It needs to bear certain seals that will make it legal and valid outside the United States. If the country of intended use is Hague country (a country that joined the Hague Apostille Convention), then the document has to be legalized by an Hage Apostille. Apostilles are sometimes called "international notary certificates".
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What do federal apostilles look like?
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A federal apostille, as apostilles in all states of the United States of America, is a separate page attached to the document. It is attached to the document by a grommet in the upper left corner. As required by the Hague Apostille convention, each apostille has the title "Apostille", the reference to the Hague Convention, and the following ten items: (1) country where the apostille is being issued ("United States of America"); (2) name of the official (whose signature is being certified by an apostille); (3) the position or capacity of this official (4) name of the seal on the attached document, (5) name of the city where the apostille is being issued ("Washington DC"); (6) the date when the apostille is being issued; (7) position of the official person who signed the apostille ("Assistant Authentication Officer"; (8) consecutive number of the apostille"; (9) the seal of the apostille issuing agency (the Seal of the U.S. State Department); (10) signature.
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What is the difference between a federal apostille and an apostille issued by the DC Secretary of State?
The difference is in the document that needs to be apostilled. In case of federal documents (documents issued by federal agencies, e.g. FBI, IRS, USDA, DOJ, SSA, FAA, USPTO, etc., federal apostilles are required. If your documents originate from DC (for example a DC birth certificate, or a power of attorney notarized by a DC notary, a copy of a diploma notarized by a DC notary, articles of incorporation certified by DC DC Secretary of State), then it will require a DC apostille.
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Does a federal apostille confirm that a document is authentic?
An apostille confirms only the authenticity of the signature of the person on the attached document and the authenticity of the seal or stamp, if any, on the attached document. Apostilles do not in any way confirm the content of the document.
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Can a federal apostille be rejected by a foreign receiving agency because it is not ribboned to the document? Some countries insist that the document and an apostille are ribboned together.
According to the provision of the Apostille Convention, apostille issuing authorities cann attach apostilles to the document in any way they see fit. Different countries have different procedures and use different ways of attaching apostilles. The DC Secretary of State uses staples. According to the Apostille Convention "Failure to affix an apostille to the public document in a particular manner is not a basis for refusing an apostille."
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