Do you need Same-Day Apostille Services?
Prior to the start of the pandemic, we were able to apostille your documents as fast as the same-day. For example, we were able to apostille documents from California, New York (NYC), Illinois, Maryland, Florida, and the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) in one business day. In California, if we received your documents by 10:30am, we were able to apostille them the same-day through the California Secretary of State’s office and overnight them to you by FedEx or UPS.
Since March 2020, there are have been significate delays in completing documents through the Secretary of State’s office and U.S. Federal Government (U.S. Department of State). For example, the processing time through the US Department of State for the FBI background check apostille took as little as four business days prior to the pandemic. Now it’s eight to twelve weeks or longer. Processing documents issued from NYC use to take one business day prior to the pandemic. Now it can take two months if your document originates from New York County. As of this article, the County of New York processing time is 4-6 weeks.
These unprecedented delays have caused sever disruption in peoples lives making it harder to authenticate U.S. documents for foreign use. As a result, delays have caused lost employment, dual citizenship delays, business deals, delays in destination weddings, retirements, etc…
Most foreign countries including their respective Embassy or Consulate office in the United States understand that there are delays in completing certain types documents. Therefore, measures have been put into place to accommodate these delays.
Beware of websites that ask you to upload your documents to a company located in New York or a company providing online notarization.
In order to alleviate the pressures of completing documents within a specific time, we recommend that you take a proactive approach in authenticate your documents. Our current estimated processing time is located here: Apostille Processing Time
Type of Documents: We recommend that you consult with your contact in the foreign country or the Embassy or Consulate offices located in the United State for a list of documents you will need to apostille. Unfortunately, we cannot advise you because every situation is unique and the requirements can change at any time. For example, if you need a single status apostille, we recommend that you find out if you also need to apostille your birth certificate.
Contact Our Office: Please contact our office for the most up-to-date estimated processing time, availability, and cost.
Office Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm
Int’l Callers: 1-202-894-6554
Mail In Your Documents: Mail in the documents you want us to process. Do not mail in documents you don’t want us to process. For example, if you only want us to apostille one birth certificate, do not send in two. We are unable to obtain originals or certified copies and can only process what you mail in. Please mail in the originals issued by the County, Court, State, or US Federal Government. Do not mail in xerox black and white or color copies of your vital record documents. Do not mail in a laminated document. If for some reason we are unable to process your documents, we will contact you with instructions by email and phone.
Obtaining an apostille on your documents 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!
Our staff is available Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow-step-by-step instructions. Please call us at 1-800-850-3441.