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Texas Secretary of State’s Office updated the Apostille Certificate format

The Office of the Texas Secretary of State announced that since October 1, 2023, they would update its current Apostille format to a universal Apostille/single certificate.

Many of our clients may recognize the apostille certificates differ from the old ones.

Specifically, rather than issuing two types of certificates—one for contracting parties to the Apostille Convention and one for non-contracting parties, the office now issues a single certificate that can be used for both apostilles, for countries that are members of the Hague Convention, and authentications, for non-member countries.

Comparison of Old and Updated Texas Apostille Certificate |
Comparison of Old and Updated Texas Apostille Certificate |

Besides Texas, some other states like California, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, etc. also use a “universal certificate” that can be used as either an Apostille or an Authentication.

How to Apostille or Authenticate the documents from Texas?

Step 1. Order the Apostille or Authentication service based on the destination country.

▶️ If the destination country is a member of the Hague Convention of 1961, it needs to get the Apostille from the Secretary of State. Once the apostille is completed, It is ready for use.

▶️ If the destination country is NOT a member of the Hague Convention of 1961, more steps are needed. Specifically, the document needs to be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State, and the embassy of that destination country which is located in Washington D.C.

Step 2. Mail us the original physical copy of your document.

Mail it to the address below for further processing (with your order#).

📮 Mailing Address

American Notary Service Center

7512 Diplomat Drive, Suite 101,

Manassas, VA 20109

IMPORTANT NOTES: All types of documents from Texas must be issued within the past five years.

💡In case you don't know whether the document you have will suffice the requirements. Don't worry. You'll be guided with an instruction email regarding your case from our customer service team after you place an order. It's highly recommended to follow the guidance to avoid any possible rejections or multiple mailings.

The Apostille process can be complicated, time-consuming, and distracting that requires expertise and experience. So just leave it to us. Our experts can provide you with a full range of fast services that allow you to save time and focus on your own careers and key areas.

Besides the documents issued from Texas, we also provide apostille, authentication, and embassy legalization services for other personal documents and corporate documents issued in 50 states and DC.


American Notary Service Center Inc. provides fair, fast, confidential, and professional document notarization and certification services for our clients. We also provide various assistance services to small businesses led by socially and economically disadvantaged groups. Our service helps small businesses obtain federal government contracts, gain a foothold in the market, and boost their sales. For more information, please visit our website at, and contact us by calling 202-599-0777 or by email at


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