How to apostille a document issued in DC?
If your document is issued in the state of the District of Columbia (DC) and will be used abroad, an Apostille is required. The Apostille may be affixed to documents bearing the official signature and seal of a currently commissioned DC notary public or the current DC State Registrar.
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In DC, your original document should be signed and stamped by a local notary public if it’s non-recordable, or certified by the public official (the county/court clerk or registrar) if it’s recordable. Then the Apostille is processed by the DC Secretary of State’s Office.
What documents can be apostilled in DC?
Any public, private, or corporate documents issued in DC can be apostilled. These documents include, but not limited to:
State or Local Background Checks
Petition for Name Change
Copy of Driver’s License
Copy of Passport
Single Status Affidavit
Affidavit of One and the Same
Power of Attorney
Diplomas and Transcripts
Proof of Income
Employment Verification Letter
Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization
Company’s Annual Report/Statement of Information
Good Standing Certificate
Corporate Stock Ledger
Contracts and Agreements
How to obtain vital records in DC?
To get an apostille for vital records, including birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates for events that occurred within DCD, you must first order a certified copy of the vital record. The fastest and easiest way is to order it online at VitalCheck, which is authorized by the government to provide vital records for individuals in America.
What if my documents are federally issued?
Federal documents (like FBI Background Checks, Certificate of Naturalization, and Trademarks) are not authenticated at the state level. In this case, the service you’ll need is the Apostille of the U.S. Department of State.
Special guidelines for documents in DC
Most documents must be either notarized by a DC notary public or signed by an authorized head of a DC government agency.
Birth and death certificates must be original from the District of Columbia. They must be on letter size (8.5”X11”) paper. If you need these original Birth Certificates or Death Certificates, contact the DC Department of Health. If you need these certificates from another jurisdiction, you must have them authenticated where they were issued.
For the purposes of authentication, marriage certificates and divorce decrees must be certified copies issued by the US Superior Court for the District of Columbia and have the triple seal. A triple seal means there are three signatures on documents from the Superior Court, however, during the COVID-19 health emergency the triple seal is not required. You must still provide the certified copy from the court; these documents may not be notarized.
What’s the apostille process, and what should I provide?
2. Mail your documents to our office for processing.
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