Do you need to apostille your Petition for Name Change?
Did you change your name when you became a naturalized U.S. Citizen? Do you need to apostille your Petition for Name Change in order to prove you are the same person as indicated on your birth certificate and/or foreign passport? Do you also need to apostille your Certificate of Naturalization?
A Petition for Name Change issued from the local District Court (Federal Court) must be an original certified copy signed and stamped by the Deputy Clerk of the District Court. This document should also include an embossment (raised seal). Also, the name of the Court should be listed at the top of the form.
Here is an example of a Petition for Name Change issued by the U.S. District Court:
The process of authenticating a Petition for Name Change is a two-step process. Your document must first be processed through the U.S. Department of Justice before it can be presented to the U.S. Department of State for the apostille. The current processing time (March 2020) is two to three weeks. Our office in Washington DC can handle both steps saving you time, money, and the frustration of dealing with two U.S. Federal Government offices. Please contact our office for the most up-to-date information regarding this document.
Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!
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