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We provide FAST and RELIABLE apostille services in Washington DC including U.S. Department of State federal apostilles.

What documents are eligible for federal apostilles issued by the U.S. Department of State? The answer is: documents issued by federal agencies, e.g. FBI background checks, IRS Residency Certifications (Forms 6166), documents issued by the Food and Drug Administration, USDA, DOJ, SSA, FAA, USPTO, etc. A federal apostille certificate is a seal that will make these documents valid outside the United States.


How to order a federal apostille?

Email a copy for a free evaluation. We will advise if your document qualifies for a federal apostille. Then, send the original to us, and we will take care of the apostille legalization.

Apostille-price

US apostille: $175 (Fedex within the U.S. is included)
FedEx International is $60 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe and South America is $90
Processing time (original): 4-5 bus. days
 
Complete the Order form and enclose it with your document(s). Our mailing address is
Foreign Documents Express
123 Seventh Avenue, Suite 175
Brooklyn, NY 11215
 
Not sure if your document qualifies for a federal apostille? Email a copy of your document for a free evaluation

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Federal apostille guidelines:

The following documents can be authenticated by a federal apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State in Washington: 

apostille acceptable criminal background checks issued by the FBI Read more about FBI background check apostilles
apostille acceptable U.S. residency certifications (Form 6166) issued by the IRS Read more about apostilles for Form 6166
apostille acceptable documents issued by USDA, FDA, DOJ, SSA, FAA, USPTO
apostille acceptable documents issued by the U.S. District Courts
apostille acceptable documents bearing a signature of an American Consular Officer. Please email a copy of the document. We will check if a particular signature is on file with the U.S. Department of State
apostille acceptable a Military Notary, Judge Advocate (10 USC 1044a)
 
How to apostille

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

 

 Frequently asked questions: federal apostilles

 
 
If your document is intended for a foreign country, in most cases, it cannot be presented as is. It needs to bear certain seals that will make it legal and valid outside the United States. If the country of intended use is Hague country (a country that joined the Hague Apostille Convention), then the document has to be legalized by an Hage Apostille. Apostilles are sometimes called "international notary certificates".
 
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What do federal apostilles look like?
 
 
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A federal apostille, as apostilles in all states of the United States of America, is a separate page attached to the document. It is attached to the document by a grommet in the upper left corner. As required by the Hague Apostille 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); (3) the position or capacity of this official (4) name of the seal on the attached document, (5) name of the city where the apostille is being issued ("Washington DC"); (6) the date when the apostille is being issued; (7) position of the official person who signed the apostille ("Assistant Authentication Officer"; (8) consecutive number of the apostille"; (9) the seal of the apostille issuing agency (the Seal of the U.S. State Department); (10) signature.
 
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What is the difference between a federal apostille and an apostille issued by the DC Secretary of State?
 
The difference is in the document that needs to be apostilled. In case of federal documents (documents issued by federal agencies, e.g. FBI, IRS, USDA, DOJ, SSA, FAA, USPTO, etc., federal apostilles are required. If your documents originate from DC (for example a DC birth certificate, or a power of attorney notarized by a DC notary, a copy of a diploma notarized by a DC notary, articles of incorporation certified by DC DC Secretary of State), then it will require a DC apostille.
 
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Does a federal apostille confirm that a document is authentic?
 
An apostille confirms only the authenticity of the signature of the person on the attached document and the authenticity of the seal or stamp, if any, on the attached document. Apostilles do not in any way confirm the content of the document.
 
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Can a federal apostille be rejected by a foreign receiving agency because it is not ribboned to the document? Some countries insist that the document and an apostille are ribboned together.
 
According to the provision of the Apostille Convention, apostille issuing authorities cann attach apostilles to the document in any way they see fit. Different countries have different procedures and use different ways of attaching apostilles. The DC Secretary of State uses staples. According to the Apostille Convention "Failure to affix an apostille to the public document in a particular manner is not a basis for refusing an apostille."
 
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We process documents for all countries.

Country of intended use:

We process documents from all 50 U.S. States (apostilles and certifications), the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC (federal apostilles and certifications), and all foreign embassies/consulates.

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Foreign Documents Express is a registered service provider with the Secretary of State - authentications, Hague apostilles, and certification.

Our mailing address is

Foreign Documents Express
123 Seventh Avenue
Suite 175
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: (646) 267-1140

Fax: (800) 905-0421

We accept all major credit and debit cards. We also accept checks (including personal checks), money orders, PayPal, MoneyGram, Western Union, bank transfers.

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You can call us at (646) 267-1140 with any questions about apostille process. We are available Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to answer your questions. You can also fax or email copies of your documents for a free evaluation. We will advise if your documents qualify for apostilles and, if not, what steps need to be taken.

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 (within the U.S.) 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).

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.