Do you need to apostille your Degree?
If you attended a school in the District of Colombia, your degree will receive an apostille from the Secretary of DC. If your degree is for a country who is not part of the Hague Apostille Convention, then your degree must first be certified through the State the school is in and then processed through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
In order to avoid any delays or additional costs, we recommend that you contact our D.C. office so one of our customer support representatives can assist you. The number is 1-1-888-810-4054 or 1-202-779-9611 (International Callers).
If you attended a High School, College, University, or a Trade School in the United States and plan to work or continue your education in another country, the requesting country will ask that your degree be authenticated by the School’s Registrar prior to receiving an apostille from the Secretary of State.
A degree must be signed and notarized by the School’s Registrar. In order to determine if your degree has been notarized, you can look for the original signature of the Registrar and the seal and signature of the notary public on the diploma. Every school has policies and procedures on how a degree is notarized. I recommend that you contact the school and find out their procedure and if they have a notary on staff. You can also request a traveling notary to meet with the Registrar.
In some situations, the school will draft a letter on school letterhead certifying that the attached copy of the diploma is authentic. This letter is then notarized and apostilled from the State office. Also, the country requesting your degree will provide you instructions on what is required.
Once your degree has been notarized, we recommend that you contact us so we can email you the instructions and order forms. Also, some countries have strict requirements on how a degree should be authenticated. These countries include: Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Documents destined for these countries require multiple steps and additional supporting documentation.
The processing time and cost depends on the State the degree has been notarized in and the country requesting the degree. For example, a degree notarized in California and for Spain is going to cost less than a degree notarized in New York and for Qatar. Our staff can provide you the cost and processing time.
At International Apostille Services, Inc. – Washington DC, we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your degree. Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-484-5296 (International Callers).
Obtaining an apostille on your degree 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!