Do you need to apostille a Utility Bill?
In order to prove your residence in the United States, you may be asked to apostille your utility bill.
A utility bill is a monthly statement of the amount a household or business owes for essential services or utilities. Examples of utilities include electricity, water and gas. Depending on how you define utilities, you could also add sewage and trash and recycling, as well as TV, internet, phone and streaming services to that list.
Apostilling a utility bill typically involves getting the document notarized by a public notary (color copy or original) and then submitting it our office so we can obtain the apostille from the Secretary of State.
Please follow the these simple steps:
Step 1: Obtain a notarized color copy of the utility bill: You can get a copy of your utility bill notarized by a local public notary. This involves signing the document in the presence of the notary and providing a government-issued ID to verify your identity.
Step 2: Mail in the signed and notarized utility bill with our order forms for processing. Please contact our office for the most up-to-date processing time and availability.
Step 3: Wait for the apostille certificate: After submitting your application and documents to our office, you will need to wait for us to complete it through the Secretary of State’s office and return it to you by FedEx. The processing time can vary depending on the state.
Once you have obtained the apostille certificate for your utility bill, it will be recognized as a legally valid document in countries that are party to the Hague Apostille Convention.
Obtaining an apostille on a utility bill 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.