Background Check Apostille

Our Washington DC office can apostille background checks issued from the FBI, State of Maryland, and the District of Colombia (Washington DC).

In addition to an FBI background check apostille, some countries may ask for you to produce a background check from the last State you resided in.  For example, if your last place of residence was New York City,  you may be asked to provide a background check from the State of New York in addition to an FBI background check.

Note: Most countries will only require a background check from the FBI issued within the past three months.

It’s important to note that we cannot recommend what type of background check you will need.  We can only assist you in processing your background check through the State or US Department of State.

Our office in Washington DC can certify and legalize background checks for Countries who are not members of the Hague Apostille Convention.  For example: China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, etc…

Background checks can be issued by the Police, County, Sheriff, State (Example: New York), and FBI.  If you choose to obtain your background check from the Police or Sheriff’s Station, you will need to have the document signed and notarized.  A traveling notary will need to travel to the Station and have the officer’s signature signed and notarized.  If you obtain your background check from the County Clerk, Superior Court, or the State, this document does not require notarization unless it’s provided to you already notarized.  FBI background checks are not notarized as they are considered US Federal documents. FBI background check are processed through our Washington DC apostille office.

If you are unsure of who should issue your background check, 95% of background checks we apostille are issued from the FBI. We recommend that you ask the people requesting your documents who should issue the background check.

Apostilles 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!

USA Apostille

Do you need USA Apostille Services?

Documents originating from any of the 50 U.S. States must be processed through the State the document originates from or is notarized in.  Documents originating from the District of Colombia (Example: Birth, Death, marriage, Divorce, notarized documents), must be processed through our Washington DC office and through the Secretary of DC.  Also, U.S. Federal documents can also be processed through our Washington DC office  and through the U.S. Department of State.

In addition to our Washington DC apostille office, we have eight additional offices strategically located throughout the United State to help in expediting your documents. Common documents we can apostille are birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificate, divorce decrees, notarized documents, diplomas, transcripts, and more.

For example, a birth certificate originating from the State of California can be processed through our California office.  A birth certificate originating from the State of New York (NYC), can be processed through our New York City office.

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Alaska Maine Oklahoma
Arizona Maryland Oregon
Arkansas Massachusetts Pennsylvania
California Michigan Rhode Island
Colorado Minnesota South Carolina
Connecticut Mississippi South Dakota
Delaware Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington State
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming
Kentucky North Dakota

FBI Background Check and Diploma for China

Are you planning to work in China?

From our experience, the China Embassy will request for you to certify and legalize your FBI background check and your University diploma (highest degree). In order to certify and legalize these two documents, you must mail them to our office for processing. We will discuss each document below and provide you step by step instructions.

FBI Background Check:
The first step in obtaining your FBI background check is to contact an approved FBI Channeler. By working with an FBI Channeler, you can shorten the amount of time it takes in order to receive your background check. Another benefit of working with a FBI Channeler is that you can obtain a digital copy in addition to a hard-copy that will be mailed to your location. A digital copy can help speed up the process of certifying and legalizing your documents for China. You can email us the digital FBI background check for processing through the US Department of State and the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC.

University Diploma:
In order to process your diploma, it must be signed and notarized by the University’s Registrar. Every University has procedures in place on how to notarize a diploma. Some University’s will request for you to mail in the original while another will ask for you to order a new one. In order to find our the procedures and step you must take, you will need to contact the University. Once you receive your signed and notarized University Diploma, the next step is to mail it to our office for processing.

Depending on the US State your diploma originates from (Example: Stanford University – California), we may be able to process these two documents together. But, in certain situations, we may have to process them separately. We recommend that you contact our office so we can email you the instructions and order forms. Our toll free number is 1-888-810-4054 ext.1

Certifying and legalizing a background check and diploma for China can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the legalization process and the unique requirements of the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

Apostille Transcripts

Do you need to apostille your transcripts?

If you attended a High School, College, University, or a Trade School in the United States and plan to work, continue your education, or obtain a long term Visa in another country, the requesting country will ask that your transcripts be authenticated by the School’s Registrar prior to receiving an apostille from the Secretary of State.

A transcript must be signed and notarized by the School’s Registrar. In order to determine if your transcript has been notarized, you can look for the original signature of the Registrar and the seal and signature of the notary public on the transcript. Every school has policies and procedures on how a transcript 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.

BEWARE OF APOSTILLE SERVICE COMPANIES WHO WILL RE-NOTARIZE YOUR TRANSCRIPT IN ANOTHER STATE OR WITHOUT THE SCHOOL REGISTRAR’S SIGNATURE. DON’T RISK YOUR JOB, VISA, OR EDUCATION.

In some situations, the school will draft a letter on school letterhead certifying that the attached copy of the transcript is authentic.  This letter is then notarized and apostilled from the State office. Also, the country requesting your transcript will provide you instructions on what is required. For example, some countries will request your transcripts, diploma and a letter from the University attesting to your documents.

Once your transcript has been signed and 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 transcript should be authenticated.  These countries include: Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, China, and Saudi Arabia.  Documents destined for these countries require multiple steps and additional supporting documentation (Example: Driver License, Passport, Authorization Letter, etc..).

The processing time and cost depends on the State the transcript has been notarized in and the country requesting the documents. 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 estimated processing time.

At International Apostille Services, Inc. – Washington, D.C. we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your transcript. 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 on your transcript 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!

Arab Chamber

national-us-arab-chamber-of-commerce-nusaccDo you need your documents certified through the Arab Chamber?

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of authenticating your documents through the Arab Chamber in Washington, D.C.  Our processing time is as fast as one business days and we do provide FedEx overnight return shipping at no additional cost.

The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), established nearly 50 years ago, is America’s longest serving organization dedicated to U.S.-Arab business. NUSACC is widely regarded as the voice of American business in the 22 countries of the Arab world and the premier portal to the United States for Arab commercial enterprises.

NUSACC is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is registered under U.S. law as a 501-c-6 chamber of commerce. The Chamber is an independent, membership-driven entity that receives no income from foreign governments. NUSACC’s stakeholders include more than 25,000 companies, and the vast majority of these are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in the United States.

The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce is the ONLY business entity in the United States that is officially recognized and sanctioned by the League of Arab States and the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture. As such, NUSACC is a “sister chamber” and partner to the national chambers of commerce throughout the Arab world.

Do you need your Certificate of Origin (C/O), Commercial Invoice (C/I), Packing Slip, or Bill of Lading certified and legalized?  Call 1-888-810-4054 ext 1

To get started, please click on the country you will be exporting your products to:

Algeria Lebanon Sudan
Bahrain Libya Syria
Egypt Morocco Tunisia
Iran Oman UAE
Iraq Palestine Yemen
Jordan Qatar
Kuwait Saudi Arabia

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of legalizing your documents for the countries listed above. Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday-Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow step-by-step instructions. We provide expedited US legalization services ensuring that your documents will be completed quickly.

Visit the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC)

Here is an example of the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce seal:

Certifying, attesting, and legalizing documents can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the authentication 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.