Do you need an apostille on a document issued from the United States Department of Justice?
Before your document can be apostilled from the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C, your document will first need to be authenticated by the United States Justice Department in Washington, D.C.
The Department of Justice will authenticate your document with a red ribbon seal and signature (see example below). This two step process is required in order to authenticate documents issued by the U.S. District Court (Federal Court).
Please note that documents issued by the U.S. District Court (Federal) is not the same as documents issued by the State court. State court documents can be apostilled from the State that issued the documents. Documents issued from the U.S. District Court (Federal) can only be authenticated by the Justice Department and receive the apostille from the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
Common documents we receive from the U.S. Department of Justice are:
- Petition for Name Change
- Bankruptcy Documents
- U.S. Federal Court Documents
- U.S. District Court Documents
- United States Supreme Court
Here is an example of a document authenticating by the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.
Here is an example of the U.S. Department of State Apostille Example: