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Let Jen's Professional Services assist you with apostille/authentication for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961.

How much will an Apostille cost me?


Rough Answer: It depends.


The government entities legally involved, the time it takes our experts to work on your file, and the work that is required all play a role in the cost of an Apostille. 
 

The price for an Apostille starts at $195.00 per Apostille. 

(This includes normal processing and delivery).
 

 

The Price-Factors:

  • Type of document you need Apostilled.

  • Where the Apostille is going.
     

  • Where the document came from.
     

  • How many documents you need Apostilled.

  • How fast you need it back?

Frequently asked questions

What's an Apostille?


Apostille is French for “certification”. Apostilles (for countries that are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention) or Certification (for countries that are not parties to the Hague Apostille Convention) authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, notarials, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority so that they can be recognized in foreign countries.




What's the Hague Convention?


The Hague Convention of 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents is an international agreement, which simplified the authentication process of public documents to be used in nations that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention. The United States signed this agreement on Oct. 15, 1981. Only those nations who are party to the Hague Apostille Convention recognize the Apostille certification.




How do I if the country where i am sending my documents is apart of the Hague Convention?


For up-to-date information on a country’s status in the Hague Apostille Convention, you can check the official site of the Hague Conference here.




What is an Authenticaiton?


It is a legal way to show to someone that a signature on a document is certified and authentic.




What documents can be Apostilled/Authenticated?


Practically any document issued within recent years (varies by state) can be apostilled/authenticated. Here are examples of documents that are signed by the following officials and that are commonly apostilled/authenticated:

  • Registrar/Recorders
  • County Clerks
  • State Officials
  • Notaries Public
Personal documents that can be authenticated include:
  • Marriage Certificates/Licenses
  • Divorce Decree
  • Birth/Death Certificates
  • Notarized Power of Attorney's
Business and corporate documents include:
  • Texas Articles and Certificate of Incorporation
  • Texas Certificate of Fact Status
  • Notarized Power of Attorney's
  • Notarized Business Letter's




I have a U.S. Birth Certificate and I need to legalize it. What do I need to do?


If the birth certificate is issued by an official authority of the state where the birth took place (for example, the department of vital statistics, state registrar, etc.) and has an official seal, then usually no additional certifications are required (exceptions exist for certain states).




How long is the apostille process?


The processing time will depend on the type of document, on the state where the document was issued, and the country for which the document is destined. We will start processing your documents as soon as we have them in hand. If the documents have proper seal(s) and signature(s), we will start processing them right away. In some cases, if the documents require additional certification, the process will take longer.




Can my apostille/authentication be rejected?


Yes, it is possible that your document may be rejected for a variety of reasons. Jen's Professional Services will ensure that your documents have proper signature(s) and/or are properly notarized. If we find that your documents contain errors made by notaries, require additional certification, are not translated from a foreign language, are issued in another country, or are going to be used in the US, we will contact you for clarification.




Can you traslate my documents and then apostille/authenticate?


Jen's Professional Services partners with companies and individuals who provide notarized and certified translation services. Please let us know if you would like to receive a translation quote. We will confirm if we are able to locate a qualified translator based on the target language.




Can you authenticate my FBI background check?


You will need to request the background check directly through the FBI. Once you receive the letter from the FBI, you would need to send it to us for processing.




Can I remove, add, or edit a document that has an attached Apostile/Authentication Certificate?


No. Do not remove the Apostille/Authentication certificate once it's attached. Removal will make the Apostille/Authentication certificate invalid/voided.