USA Apostille Service

Certify documents issued in the United States for official use in Europe and abroad.

Certify documents issued in the United States for international use

US Birth and Marriage certificates, FBI background checks and other documents issued or notarised in the United States can be officially certified for international use with an Apostille stamp and by consular legalization.

Isarey provides expedited State Apostille services in California, Nevada, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois and other States, and we arrange Federal apostilles and authentications at the US State Department for worldwide delivery by courier.

Depending on the State, expedited US Apostilles are available in 1-2 working days – we work with local notaries in different State capitals to submit documents physically to the Secretary of State, avoiding slower and less reliable mail-in services.

Processing of Federal documents at the State Department normally takes around 3 weeks (while their expedited service remains suspended), but times vary – please contact us for the latest.

We work with all major embassies in Washington DC, including the UAE, Qatar and Vietnam, to attest authenticated documents requiring consular legalization.

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US Documents that can be authenticated with Apostille Stamps

  • Obtain apostille stamps for US birth, death and marriage certificates.

    US Vital Records

    US birth certificates, marriage certificates and death certificates are authenticated with apostilles issued by the Secretary of State in the State where the event was registered. Original copies are required. Some states require certificates to be signed by specific officials, so please contact us to check whether your certificate is valid for an Apostille or for advice on obtaining replacement certificates.
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  • Apostille FBI Identity History Summary criminal background checks, US state and local police certificates.

    FBI Background Check

    We apostille FBI Identity History Summary criminal background checks at the US State Department – just send us the digital certificate issued by the FBI. We can also authenticate local and state police reports.
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  • Apostille US University and High School certificates and authenticate for UAE, Vietnam, Qatar

    University and High School certificates

    We can obtain apostilles for US education certificate issued across the United States and legalize degree certificates for the UAE, Qatar, China and other non-apostille countries. In many cases, we only need a scan of the diploma to make a notarized copy and obtain an apostille in around 2-3 working days.
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  • Notarize and Apostille Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, Passport Copies in the United States.

    Notarized documents

    (Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, Passport Copies)
    Apostilles are obtained from the Secretary of State in the state where the certifying notary is commissioned.
    We work with notaries in different US States to offer true-copy, physical and remote notarization services, so that documents can be signed, notarized and certified by apostille from outside the United States.
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  • Apostille US divorce decrees and judgements

    Divorce Decrees

    Apostille Dissolution of Marriage and Divorce certificates in the State where the divorce took place. We can usually obtain certified copies of divorce judgements direct from the issuing court. Please contact us for details.
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    US Corporate documents

    Authenticate certified copies of Certificates of Incorporation, Articles of Association for US companies. Certificates of Good Standing and Existence. We can obtain and authenticate certified documents for corporations and LLCs registered in Delaware, New York, Florida, Nevada and other US States.
  • Trade documents

    Apostille US certificates of origin, certificates of free sale, commercial invoices, product health certificates, GMP certificates and other trade documents
  • Notarize and apostille US passports and other ID documents.

    U.S. Passport Apostilles

    United States passports and other ID documents can be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp by making a true copy certified by a U.S. notary and then obtaining an Apostille in the State where the notary is commissioned.
    We can often make notarized copies from a good quality scan.

Apostilles and Authentications for State Documents

Apostilles and authentications for non-Federal documents, including state police background checks, birth certificates and other vital records issued by state and city officials, are obtained at state level. States also issue apostilles for documents and translations certified by notaries public, including notarized academic certificates, powers of attorney, company documents.

Isarey arranges apostilles and authentications from all US States. We work with notaries and authentication agents across the USA to provide expedited services (where available from the State) and local expertise in the preparation and submission of documents. For further information, select the state where your documents are issued:

Isarey provides document attestation services in the United States to private, corporate and institutional clients worldwide. To find out about certifying US documents for use in Europe and abroad, use our online quotation form or email us a scan or description of the documents you need to certify. We will get back to you directly with a quotation and details of how to proceed:

6 steps to certify document issued in the United States

  1. Upload the documents you need attested or send them to us by email.
  2. Our experts will pre-check your documents to ensure that they are eligible for Apostille certification or consular legalization in the country where they are issued, and we’ll assist you locally in preparing them if required.
  3. We’ll send you a quotation with the total cost of the process (final price including all fees, certified translation when required and courier costs) and an estimation of how long the process will take to complete.
  4. We’ll arrange a secure courier to collect your original documents (where electronic versions are not sufficient).
  5. As soon as we receive your documents, we will confirm your order and proceed with the attestation process. Where appropriate, we will arrange certified copies for the attestation process so that we can return your originals directly.
  6. We return the attested documents to you by secure international courier.

Legalize US Documents

US documents can be legalized for cross-border use by means of Apostille Certification or Consular Legalization

Apostille Certification

An Apostille Stamp is a simplified procedure of international attestation. When affixed to documents, Apostilles are directly recognised by the authorities of over 120 countries (Signatories of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents Hague Apostille ConventionExternal link (opens in new tab)) as certifying the document’s validity, without requiring additional certification.

Since the United States is a signatory to the convention, Isarey can assist by obtaining Apostille Certification for US documents so that they are valid for official use in other signatory countries, including: NL NetherlandsNetherlands - ES SpainSpain - IT ItalyItaly - PT PortugalPortugal - GR GreeceGreece - CY CyprusCyprus - FR FranceFrance - GB United KingdomUnited Kingdom - SA Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia - DE GermanyGermany - CN ChinaChina

Consular Legalization

Consular Legalization is required when a document from the United States is to be used in a non-signatory country. In this case, following authentication by the State where the document was issued, it must be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC and then by the embassy representing the country where the document is to be used. Federal documents, such as FBI Background Checks are authenticated directly by the Department of State and then by the embassy

Processing times for authentications at the U.S. Department of State are currently around 3 weeks and cannot be expedited, although some embassies have waived the requirement for Department of State authentication for State documents and will accept documents directly following authentication by the State. Please contact us for the latest information.

Countries which do not recognise Apostille certification and require consular legalization include: QA QatarQatar - KW KuwaitKuwait - AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - VN VietnamVietnam

Certified Translation

Where US documents are to be used abroad and where the receiving country has a different official language, certified translation may also be required. Isarey takes care of any certified translations required as part of the document attestation process, ensuring that translations are carried out and certified in accordance with local regulations.

Note that a certified translation on its own only provides assurance that the translation itself is accurate and true; it does not confirm the authenticity of the original document. The original document must be legalized for a certified translation to carry equivalent legal weight.

USA Document Resources

External resources and news about US documents, apostilles and certification procedures.

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United States Document Resources
Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates
Authenticated Copy of a Certificate of Naturalization
Authenticated Copy of a Certificate of Naturalization
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If you are required to provide an “authenticated” copy of your Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship to someone outside of the U.S. government, you must make an appointment with your local USCIS office to authenticate your photocopy of your certificate.
Order official birth certificates and vital records online
Order official birth certificates and vital records online
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VitalChek is a government-authorized service used to order certified vital record certificates issued in the United States. For birth and death certificates, using VitalChek is normally faster then applying to the State Vital Records office. The rules of each State determine who can order a certificate, but in most cases only the person named in the certificate or immediate family can order a record.
Where to Write for Vital Records
Where to Write for Vital Records
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To obtain a copy of a US Birth, Marriage or Death Certificate, contact the Vital Records Office in the state or territory where the birth, death or marriage took place. Certificates are also available online using VitalChek is the authorized external ordering source for fast, secure birth certificates and other vital records processed directly with the issuing government agency VitalChekExternal link (opens in new tab).
How to Replace or Amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
How to Replace or Amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
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A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is a document that certifies the birth of a US citizen abroad, issued by a U.S. embassy or consulate. Replacement certficates can be ordered from the U.S. Department of State (Passport Vital Records Section).
Criminal Record Certificates
FBI - Identity History Summary Checks
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The FBI can provide individuals with an Identity History Summary. Most countries accept FBI checks as evidence of a clean criminal record. FBI certificates can be obtained online and the electronic certificate can be legalised for international use by an apostille issued by the US Department of State and where necessary attested by foreign embassies and consulates in the United States.
Notary Services
Notarizing Power of Attorney Documents (PDF)
Notarizing Power of Attorney Documents (PDF)
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Instructions to Authenticate Power of Attorney Documents in Michigan
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United States Document News
Common issues with your birth certificate and what to do about them
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This article discusses common issues related to birth certificates and how to make changes to your important identification documents.
Delaware Certificate of Good Standing: An Essential Document for Businesses
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A Delaware Certificate of Good Standing is a crucial document that confirms the legal existence and compliance status of a business entity registered in the state of Delaware.
Common issues with your birth certificate and what to do about them
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Your birth certificate is one of the most important identification documents you have containing vital information about you, your birth and your family.
A Guide to Obtaining a Criminal Background Check for Digital Nomad Visas
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A step-by-step guide to getting a criminal background check for digital nomad visa applications as a US citizen or resident.
Background Check New York A Comprehensive Guide 2023
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Find out the top-rated background check services in New York. Our expert guide covers the best options for personal and professional use.
Changes in Californias Regulations Regarding Criminal Records Approved
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The California Civil Rights Council previously issued draft revisions to the Fair Employment and Housing Acts regulations governing inquiries into
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Delaware Amends Code Regarding Notarial Acts
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Delaware has recently enacted provisions to amend its Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.
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E-signatures: When Theyre Legal and Best Practices for Implementation
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With the widespread adoption of remote work, companies in all industries have turned to electronic signature (e-signature) solutions to sign the dotted line quickly and efficiently.
How to get a power of attorney in Georgia
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Powers of attorney can only be given through written documents in Georgia. Heres how to get one.

The above links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; Isarey bears no responsibility for the accuracy, content or policies of external websites.

Get a Quotation for your Documents

We price each certification process individually, depending on the type and quantity of documents to be attested, the country of issue, the country of use and intended purpose, urgency, whether certified translations are required as part of the process and courier costs.

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

PERSONAL DATA: If your documents contain personal data belonging to people outside your household, please ensure that you are authorised to share this data before uploading your documents. If your documents contain sensitive personal data, such as biometric data, medical data or data on criminal convictions, please ensure that you indicate this when prompted, upon submitting your documents. For further information on our processing of personal data contained in uploaded documents, please see:
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For further information on confidentiality in our handling of document content please see:
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