What does a North Carolina apostille look like?

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U.S. Department of State: the processing time for federal apostilles and authentication certificates (including FBI, 6166 U.S. Residency certifications, etc.) is currently 8-12 weeks. There is no expedited or walk-in service.  

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north carolina great sealNorth Carolina apostilles are issued by the Office of North Carolina Secretary of State.

You will see this seal on all North Carolina apostilles no matter what kind of document an apostille authenticates (including NC birth, death, marriage, divorce certificates, court judgments, personal and corporate powers of attorney, consents, criminal records, parents' consents for minor children travel, corporate documents, including resolutions, minutes, bylaws, articles of incorporation, certificates of goodstanding, etc. )

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What does a North Carolina apostille look like?

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In North Carolina, as in all states of the United States of America, an apostille is a separate page attached to the document. As required by the Hague 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, in the image above it is the name of Assistant Clerk of Superior Court who certified the document that was apostilled; (3) the position or capacity of this official ("Assistant Clerk of Superior Court, County of Mecklenburg, North Carolina"); (4) name of of the seal on the attached document, (5) name of the city, state and country where the apostille was issued ("Raleigh, North Carolina"); (6) the date when the apostille is being issued; (7) position of the official person who signed the apostille ("Secretary of State or Deputy Secretary of State, State of North Carolina"; (8) consecutive number of the apostille; (9) the seal of the apostille issuing agency (Great Seal of the State of North Carolina, this seal is dark yellow); (10) signature. Under the seal in the left bottom corner, there is a certification number and the web address where you can verify an apostille. North Carolina apostilles also have additional language that reads: "This apostille only certifies the authenticity and the capacity of the person who has signed the public document, the identity of the seal or stamp which the public document bears. This apostille does not certify the content of the document for which it was issued. The apostille is not valid for use anywhere within the United States of America, its territories or possessions. Verify the issuance of this apostille at http://sosnc.gov/apostille"  Read more about North Carolina apostille guidelines and tips.

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Not sure if your document qualifies for a NC apostille? Email a copy of your document for a free evaluation

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North Carolina apostille: price, processing time, order form


North Carolina apostille: $175 (Fedex 2nd day is included, U.S. only)
Processing time: 5-7 bus. days
FedEx International is $60 (most countries)
FedEx to Eastern Europe and South America is $90.
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
4th Floor, Suite 143
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Our North Carolina apostille guarantees:

Not many companies provide this guarantee but we do: if, for some reason, your documents are rejected by the State of North Carolina after we assured you that they are acceptable, we will issue a 100% refund, no questions asked. We do not keep any service fees.

We apostille many kinds of documents from North Carolina and from all other U.S. states. The most common documents we process for NC apostilles and foreign embassies are North Carolina birth, marriage, death certificates, divorce records, single status affidavits, criminal records, diplomas and transcripts, corporate documents including articles of incorporation, certificates fo good standing, bylaws and llc agreements, powers of attorney, minutes, resolutions, and many more.

After we have reviewed your documents, in most cases we will ask you to mail the originals to us. Sometimes, documents can be submitted by email or will qualify for our 24-hour apostille service. Please note that 24-hour apostilles are processed in Washington, DC, and not in North Carolina. The price for our 24-hour apostille service is also $175.

Processing times differ depending on nature of your documents. In each case will provide the time estimate, and will do our best to meet the deadline.

Delivery by FedEx (2nd day) is included in the price. We also ship internationally. FedEx International is $60 to most countries (except for Eastern Europe and Latin America, which is $90).

We accept all kinds of payment, including personal and corporate checks, money orders, credit and debit cards, PayPal, bank transfers, Western Union, and MoneyGram.

Apostilles and embassy legalization procedures are not complicated if you entrust your documents to legalization experts who know the requirements of U.S. apostille agencies, foreign consulates and embassies and the requirements of the receiving organizations in foreign countries.

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