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An Apostille is issued as an attachment signed by your local Secretary of State, Department of State or other responsible authorities in order to validate the authenticity of the document to the foreign entity that requires such legalization.

Not to mention, an Apostille means authentication for official documents to be issued to countries that are signatory to the Hague Convention Apostille 1961.

Examples of Common Federally Issued Documents That Need to be Apostilled

Federally issued documents may range from personal documents to business or corporate documents. Some common examples of documents issued by federal government that may require legalization include documents from government agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture, US Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Treasury, US Department of Justice, etc. A few common federally issued documents requested by the countries signatory to the Hague Convention include the following:

Personal Legalization Documents

Business or Corporate Federally Issued Documents

  1. US Department of Treasury
  2. Certificate of Tobacco Tax,
  3. Free sale of alcohol and
  4. Trade Bureau
  1. Social Security Administration (SSA)
  2. Income and benefits letter
  1. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  2. Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (FDA)
  3. Certificate of Free Sale (could also be have been issued by the Chamber of Commerce or State Office)
  4. Certificate of Origin (could also have been issued by the Chamber of Commerce or State Office)
  1. US Department of Justice
  2. FBI Background Check Apostille
  3. Petition for Name Change
  4. US Bankruptcy Court
  5. US Federal Court Documents
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • Animal/Health Certifications
  • Animal/Plant Certifications
  • US Department of Transportation (USDT)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Certificate of Export
  • Certificate of Free Sale
  • Certificate of Foreign Governments
  • Certificate of Pharmaceutical Products
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  1. US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Trademark/Patent Certificate
  • National Archives and Record Administration (NARA)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Federal Tax Return Apostille
  • W2 Forms
  • Form 6166 Apostille

Authentication of US Federal Government Documents | Apostille California/San Diego

Apostillization of federal documents can be a tiresome and complicated process. In almost all cases, you’ll need to posses original, certified documents you’re required to Apostille. Once obtained, your original document will need to be sent to your local Secretary of State or the US State Department, for apostille. However, if you’re travelling to a country not signatory to the Hague Convention, your federally issued document would first need to be notarized by your local US state, then authenticated (apostilled) by the US Department of State and then legalized by the embassy/consulate  office. Hence, it is pertinent to carefully chose the right steps to avoid unnecessary delays, cancellations and loss of time and money.

If you or a loved one is planning to travel for any of the above mentioned reasons you can avail our apostille services at Apostille Near Me. Here’s how we carefully manage your original document until the final delivery of the apostilled document to your address.

Step I: You upload or mail in a colored, clear/original (scanned if by email) copy of your document you’d like to have apostilled

Step II: We hand deliver your documents to the US Department of State for a fast 1-3 days processing

Step III: We pick your authenticated documents from the US Secretary of State or the Department of State

Step IV: We mail in your authenticated documents to the given address.

If you need further legal help regarding your Apostille documents, you can contact us for further details. To submit your application, you can download our Apostille Form below.