Apostille Degree

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!

Apostille No Record of Marriage – Single Status

Do you need an apostille on a No Record of Marriage (Single Status Affidavit)?

Are you planning on getting married in another country and need a document that states you are currently single (No record of marriage – single status affidavit)?

There are several ways in which you can obtain this document.  The first step is to contact your local County Clerk.  The local County Clerk should be able to provide you a document that states that you are currently not married.  Some Counties will refer to this type of document as a “A Single Status Affidavit” or “Certificate of No Public Record”.   We have provided a list of names below as a reference.  If the County Clerk does not issue this type of document (some don’t), contact the second closest County Clerk.

Note: in the DC area, you can contact the Secretary of DC to issue you a Single Status Affidavit.

Another option would be to write out an affidavit (see example below) and have it notarized.  We recommend that you double check with the Country requesting this document if a notarized affidavit will be sufficient.  Basically, a notarized affidavit is a sworn statement that you are not married.  If you are outside of the USA, the closest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate can also assist you with the sworn affidavit.

Some countries may also refer to this document as (basically means the same thing):
Single Status Affidavit
No Record of Marriage
Certificate of Freedom to Marry
Certificate of No Impediment for Marriage
Certificate of No Record – Marriage
Affidavit of Single Status
Affidavit of Marriageability
Certificate of No Public Record
Marriageability Affidavit

Here is an example of a single status affidavit:

Depending on how you obtain your single status (County Clerk, Court, State, US Embassy or US Consulate), we recommend that you contact us so we can provide you step-by-step instructions.  For example, if you obtained your single status affidavit from the County Clerk in Los Angeles, California, you will need to mail in this document to our Los Angeles California apostille office.  Another example, if you obtain your single status from a U.S. Embassy in China, you will need to mail in this document to our Washington, D.C. apostille office for processing.

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on our documents. 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 1-202-779-9611 (International Callers).

Obtaining an apostille 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!

Office of Authentications

Do you need to apostille your documents through the Office of Authentications in Washington D.C.?

At International Apostille Services, Inc. – Washington, D.C., we take the guesswork out of authenticating your documents through the Office of Authentications – US Department of State.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. Call: 1-202-779-9611.

Processing time: 4 business days plus FedEx overnight return shipping at no additional cost.

The fastest way to process your documents through the Office of Authentications – US Department of State is to mail-in your documents to our Washington, D.C. office.  Documents delivered to our office before noon are submitted the next business morning to the U.S. Department of State.  The current processing time is four business days and we do provide FedEx overnight return shipping within the USA at no additional cost.

In addition to authenticate your documents to the U.S. Department of State, we can also legalize your documents through Select Embassy offices.  Documents destined for countries who are not member of the Hague Apostille Convention fan further be legalized through the Embassy or Consulate offices.  This additional steps ensures your documents will be accepted in the other country.

We can legalize documents for the following countries who are NOT members of the Hague Apostille Convention:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burma Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Congo Republic, Congo Democratic, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar Burma, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For countries who are members, an apostille issued by the Office of Authentications is sufficient for acceptance of your document in another country.

Please, call our office at 1-888-810-4054 or 1-202-779-9611 for further assistance.

FBI Background Check Apostille Washington DC

Do you need a FBI Background Check Apostille?

Every month, our Washington DC apostille service processes hundreds of FBI background checks through the U.S. Department of State.  Over 110 apostille member countries have joined the convention making a background check a very important document to apostille.

If you are planning to move, continue your education, get married, obtain dual-citizenship, etc.. you will be asked to obtain an apostille on your FBI criminal background check.  In order to obtain your background check, you will need to contact an approved FBI channeler.  An approved Channeler will help expedite the background check process saving you time and money.

Once you obtain your background check by mail or email, the next step is to send in your document to our DC office. If you obtain your background check by regular mail (Hard copy), you can mail in this original document to our DC office.  Pleas note that hard copy FBI background checks are typically printed on tamper-resistant paper.  If you try to make a copy, you will see “VOID” or “COPY”.  Be sure to mail in the original you received in the mail to avoid any delays.

If you received your FBI background check by email, you can email us the PDF copy including our order form and credit card authorization form. Our email address is: support@WashingtonDCapostille.com.  You can also download the forms from our website or you can call us and we will email you the forms and instructions.

What makes our service unique is that our Washington, D.C. office is minutes way from the U.S. Department of State office of authentications.  This Department is responsible for affixing the apostille to FBI background checks.

Here is a list of common questions:

  1. Q. How fast can you apostille my FBI background check?
    A. In four business days.
  2. Q. What is the cost for the apostille?
    A. Visit our rates web page for more information.
  3. Q. Do you provide return shipping?
    A. Yes, we provide FedEx overnight return shipping at no additional cost.

We recommend that you contact our Washington DC apostille office for answer to your questions.  Our DC office is open Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm.  1-202-779-9611

How to Apostille Driver License

Do you need an apostille on your Driver License?

In order to apostille a copy of your driver license, you will need to make a color copy of your license and meet with a local notary who will “Copy Certify” it.

How do I Copy Certify a Driver License?

In most States, this involves making a color copy of the license and meeting with the local notary public. You will basically be taking an oath that the copy is the copy of the original in your possession.  The notary will attach a “Copy Certification” form to the copy of the license or you can write on the color copy “This is a copy of the original in my possession”.  Sign the original or the attachment and the notary will go ahead and place his/her seal on the document. Be sure to speak with the notary on how this process is done because every State has their notarial laws.

How do I apostille my driver license?

Once the copy of your driver license has been notarized, the next step is to mail in the document to our office for processing.  Our offices can apostille notarized documents issued from all 50 U.S. States.  Please note that our nine offices handle specific States.  For example, if you are in the State of New Jersey and have copy certified your Driver license in New Jersey, our New York office will be able to handle the New Jersey apostille.

What if I’m outside of the USA?

If you are outside of the United States, you will need to ask a friend or family member to assist you in the State your driver license is from.  For example, if your driver license is from California, you will need a friend or family member in California to help you with the “Copy Certification” process.

Also, please note that your license must be signed, notarized, and apostilled from the State of issue.  For example, if your driver license is from the State of New York, your license must be signed, notarized, and apostilled from the State of New York New York Apostille.

Our Washington DC office can apostille a notarized driver license from the State of Maryland and the District of Colombia.  To know where to mail in your document, please contact us and we will email you the instructions and order forms. You can also see a list of our offices and the State’s they serve here: Apostille Offices

Obtaining an apostille 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!