The federally-issued documents refer to the documents that are issued by U.S. federal agencies. When those documents are going to be used out of the U.S., they need to be apostilled if the destination country requiring the document is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention or authenticated if it is not a member, by the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
Examples of commonly authenticated federally-issued documents include:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Animal Health certifications
U.S. Department of Justice
FBI – Background check
U.S. Federal Court Documents
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Documents
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Certificate of Foreign Governments
Certificate of Pharmaceutical/Export
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Before presenting your document to the DOS, make sure it meets the three requirements below:
Must be executed by U.S. federal agencies
Must include a legible signature of the official's name, printed name and title, and seal of the agency
Must be on agency letterhead
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If the destination country is one of the Hague Apostille countries:
If the destination country is one of the Non-Hague Apostille countries:
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