Making Your Mark: What to Look for in U.S. Apostille Services

Apostille services are used for everything from diplomas and marriage certificates to business contracts and personal background checks. Before you hire someone for your apostille needs, however, it’s important to exercise due diligence about their company. Here are just a few things to consider when seeking apostille work.

Services Offered

There are many types of document apostille services, so before you sign on the dotted line, make sure that your papers are going to the right place. An apostille from the U.S. Department of State, for example, has different costs and timelines than one from the Secretary of State.


What’s the ordering process like from the apostille company? Do they offer quotes before they charge you? Which documents need to be mailed, and which documents can be scanned or faxed? Are there forms that you can fill out to expedite everything? These are just a few questions that you might ask, but there are many more.


There are different rates for different services when it comes to apostille and authentication work. For example, getting an apostille document might have both federal rates and state rates, and things like notarization or embassy legalization might have separate processes with their own generated costs. Make sure to double-check all of the fees to keep them in line with your budget.

These are just a few tips for getting your papers, contracts, and certificates verified for personal or professional use. For more information, including how to find document apostille services near you, contact US Authentication Services at

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