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How to Apostille Your Paperwork While Living Abroad

Living out of the United States can be an exciting adventure; it can also be frustrating when having to deal with officials from both America as well as your new resident country.

If you are an American citizen and living in another country (being an ex-pat) your life may take on many changes. Perhaps you want to get married, adopt a child, or even achieve something as simple as opening a bank account. For any of these choices, the new country will require authenticated copies of your papers such as a birth certificate, divorce decree, or a wide range of other documents.

Steps to Apostille or Authenticate Paperwork

Acquiring and authenticating your American paperwork can be difficult when you are thousands of miles away.

The first step is to determine what paperwork is needed and if the document is to be Apostilled or if should it be Authenticated through the Consulate/Embassy.

Let’s use acquiring your birth certificate as an example:

  • If you do not have your original birth certificate, you will need to start by contacting the county of your birthplace to acquire a certified copy. You can go online to request a copy and many times you can pay there as well. If you choose to request a copy of your birth certificate by postal service, you will need to include payment in U.S. dollars.
  • The office will mail your birth certificate to you (which can take several weeks), but they will not send it to the Apostilling office.
  • Once you have a copy of your birth certificate, the next step is to Apostille your paperwork. For this you will need to send the document and payment in U.S. dollars to the Secretary of State.
  • If your document needs to be Authenticated through the Embassy or Consulate, you will contact and mail the paperwork to them.
  • When the Secretary of State or Embassy determines you have the correct paperwork, they will mail you the Apostilled document (which can take several more weeks).
  • If even one small section of your paperwork is wrong, your request to have the birth certificate authenticated may be delayed or rejected.

As you can see, this can become a long and cumbersome process. Authenticating your birth certificate may seem like a lot of work, and it can be, but it is needed to continue with your new life.

There Must Be an Easier Way

 

Another option is to hire One Source Process to submit your paperwork for an Apostille or Authentication. We will ask you to upload your document (such as a birth certificate) and let us know what is needed.

We offer a free review of your documents to ensure you have everything in order and in the proper format. At this time, we will also let you know if your new resident country requires this document to be translated.

From here, we will determine if the papers need to be Apostilled or Authenticated; we know the process and who to contact. We will inform you of the expected time frame and the one-time payment amount.

Once done, we will mail you the Apostilled document. We also offer expedited international return shipping if you need a quick turnaround time.

Contact Us today if you have any questions, or fill out the Order Form now if you are ready to have your paperwork Apostilled or Authenticated.

Feb 8, 2019

Comments

  1. Isabel
    January 26, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Hello,

    I need my marriage certificate from the state of Hawaii apostille for the country of Spain.

    How much do you charge to help me to get the apostille?

    Thanks,
    Isabel

    1. Alex
      January 27, 2020 at 9:04 am

      Hi Isabel,

      To get a quote as well as get your document reviewed to ensure it’s valid for Apostille, you can submit a commitment-free request on our website at the following link: https://www.onesourceprocess.com/apostillelegalization

      We’ll get back to you within an hour or so of submission!

  2. JOHN
    April 30, 2020 at 11:22 am

    i’ am currently working as an overseas worker in saudi arabia but i’am from philippines, i study distance/online from US. Is it possible to have my diploma and transcript of records will be authenticate by the state of us / apostille?

    1. Danny
      May 4, 2020 at 9:02 am

      Hello,

      Yes, we can get your documents authenticated for use in Saudi Arabia. Simply send us your request by going to https://www.onesourceprocess.com/apostillelegalization/. One of our specialists will provide a free consultation and quote.

  3. Jeff
    June 9, 2020 at 5:27 am

    Hello,
    I would like to have my birth certificate and marriage license issued by Syria and had the seal of the Ministry of Syrian Foreign Affairs apostilled in the US. I and my wife are US citizens. The apostille is required by Turkey.
    Thank you.

    1. Danny
      June 9, 2020 at 9:05 am

      Hello Jeff,

      We are able to apostille any US issued documents. To get started, please send us your request by going to https://www.onesourceprocess.com/apostillelegalization/. Our specialists will review your document for free and they will email you your quote.

      Danny

  4. Ghazal Faghihi
    August 9, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Hello
    I am from Iran and right now I am in Iran but I studied my master’s degree in the US and got my original diploma just this last May. I have to apostille it and send it to Belgium (University of Ghent) where I am going to continue my study. Is it possible to apostille my Master’s diploma while I am in Iran?
    Thank you

    1. Danny
      August 9, 2020 at 11:15 am

      Hello,

      Yes, we can accept a scanned copy of your diploma to get certified by the DC Secretary of State, authenticated by the US Department of State and legalized by the Iranian Embassy. Please note that the US Department of State is currently taking 4-8 weeks to authenticate documents.

      To get started, simply send us your request by going to https://www.onesourceprocess.com/apostillelegalization/. One of our specialists will provide you a free consultation and quote.

      Danny

  5. Kirsten Delgado
    October 29, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    A friend of mine lives in Columbia and needs her degrees from UTSA to be send to the Columbian Government for her visa. How will long would that take and what would the process be?

    1. Danny
      October 30, 2020 at 8:47 am

      Hello Kirsten,

      To find out the available processing times and costs, please send us your request by going to https://www.onesourceprocess.com/apostillelegalization/. One of our specialists will be prompt to email you your details.

      Danny

    2. Sherye
      August 8, 2022 at 3:04 pm

      Good afternoon
      I need to apostille my US birth certificate

      1. Danny
        August 9, 2022 at 7:28 am

        Hello,

        We can certainly assist. Please send us your request by going to https://www.onesourceprocess.com/apostillelegalization/. Your assigned specialist will review your documents to make sure they’re valid for apostille and they will let you know the process required, available processing times and costs.

        Thank you,

        Danny

  6. Dov Michaeli
    February 11, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Can you apostille a US real estate transaction notarized (in Engish) in Israel, and required by the California county where the property is located?

    1. Danny
      February 12, 2021 at 10:37 am

      Hello,

      We can only apostille documents in the US for use in Israel. If this is what you need, please send us your request by going to https://www.onesourceprocess.com/apostillelegalization/. Our specialists will review your document to make sure it’s valid for apostille and they will let you know the available processing times and costs.

      Danny

  7. Spencer
    June 14, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Are you guys able to get an apostille on my mariage certificate don in Florida,and send to France?
    What about fees and process as I am currently in France?
    Thanks for guidance

    Dee dee.

    1. Danny
      June 17, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      Good afternoon,

      We can certainly assist. Please send us your request by going to https://www.onesourceprocess.com/apostillelegalization/. Our specialists will review your documents to make sure they’re valid for apostille and they will let you know the process required, available processing times and costs.

      Danny

    2. Liezel
      September 3, 2021 at 1:10 am

      Hello,

      I would like to request an Apostille for my Birth certificate as a requirement for my daughter’s birth certificate. I’m from Philippines and presently residing in the US.

      1. Danny
        September 3, 2021 at 9:05 am

        Good morning,

        We can certainly assist. Please send us your request by going to https://www.onesourceprocess.com/apostillelegalization/. Our specialists will review your documents to make sure they’re valid for apostille and they will let you know the required process, the available processing times and costs.

        Danny

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