How to get an Apostille for a Social Security Benefit Verification Letter

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Streamlining the Apostille Process for a Social Security Benefit Letter: A Simplified Guide

Lots of American citizens are relocating to foreign countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, etc. for various reasons.  Citizens who choose to live abroad outside their native country are called “expats”.

Often, foreign embassies or consulates ask for proof from expats to verify that they have an income to support themselves. While there are various documents that can be used to prove income, the most used by far is a benefit verification letter from the social security administration

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The Benefit Verification letter, sometimes called a “budget letter,” a “benefits letter,” a “proof of income letter,” or a “proof of award letter,” serves as proof of your retirement, disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Medicare benefits.  Obtaining a benefit verification letter from social security is easily done online by visiting the social security administration website.

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  • $75 for Each Additional Document
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What are the required steps?

You’ll need to secure an apostille for your social security benefit verification letter. However, before this can be achieved, a notarized affidavit stating that the benefit letter is an accurate copy of the original must be attached to it.

This notarized affidavit, along with the authenticated copy of the original, is then submitted to the Florida Department of State to obtain the apostille.

Understanding the Federal Documents' Exception

Many clients often wonder if the social security benefit verification letter, being a federal document, should be sent to the U.S. Department of State. The social security letter, however, is an exception to this rule. Despite originating from a federal agency, it is not directed to the U.S. Department of State. The proper procedure instead involves acquiring the apostille from the Florida Department of State in Tallahassee.

What is an Apostille?

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An apostille is a cover sheet issued by the department of state certifying the authenticity of the signatures and seals on a document to be used in a foreign country.

Foreign embassies or consulates usually require an apostille for any foreign document being used in their county.  One of the most common documents that people order apostille authentications for are social security benefit letters.

Getting an apostille for your social security benefit letter is a straightforward task, yet ensuring its timely and correct processing can pose a few challenges.

Nevertheless, thanks to online accessibility and our innovative notary services, we’ve made this task more convenient for you. The process begins when we receive a digital copy of your letter through our dedicated ordering portal. Next, we verify your identity and generate a “true copy” document that you’ll sign online, thereby affirming its exact match to the original social security benefit letter.

The next step involves a brief video conference with one of our online notaries where you’ll electronically sign the document. After the document receives our official notarization, we transport it to the Florida Department of State to secure the apostille. Once the apostille is granted, we promptly arrange its delivery back to you via FedEx or DHL.

Non-Hague Countries

The procedure described above applies to countries that are members of the Hague Convention of 1961.  If you are working with the government of a non-Hague country like China or the UAE, your process will require a few more steps.  After your social security letter is authenticated by the Florida Department of State, it will then go to the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC. After that, the document will be processed through your country’s embassy or consulate.  Not to worry, we are experienced on processing apostilles and authentications for social security benefit letters for use in non-Hague countries.

What is the Timeframe to Obtain an Apostille?

If time is not a pressing issue, you can fill out the necessary forms yourself, include a notarized true copy affidavit from a Florida notary public, and send it along with a $10 check to the Florida Department of State. Don’t forget to enclose a pre-paid return envelope with your order. The current processing time for apostilled documents at the Department of State is approximately 30-35 days.

If you’re outside of Florida, the true copy certification must be apostilled by the Department of State where the notary public is commissioned. This is why our services have gained popularity; we provide notarization for your social security letter in Florida, irrespective of your current state or country of residence.

For those requiring a swift apostille for their social security benefit letter, Florida Document Specialists offers a quick, expedited RUSH apostille service. This service ensures that your social security benefit verification letter receives an official apostille within 2-3 business days. Our services are accessible to you regardless of whether you currently live or are physically present in Florida. We achieve this by online notarization and personally delivering your social security letter to the Florida Department of State in Tallahassee and guiding it through the necessary steps. Upon receipt of your apostilled letter, we’ll return it to you anywhere in the U.S., or to most countries worldwide, via FedEx or DHL. We’ll add the shipping cost to your invoice, but you’re welcome to provide your own return shipping label if you prefer. If our expedited RUSH apostille service interests you, you can order from the top of this page.

Understanding Document Translation Requirements

Some countries require certified translations of social security benefit verification letters and even the apostille cover page. Sometimes, an apostille is needed for the translation itself, involving a notarized affidavit of translation.

Ensure you’re aware of the exact documents required by the foreign country. They often need apostilles and translations for birth certificates and FBI background checks as well.

We provide certified translations for 95 languages, including a notarized affidavit of translation.

For further assistance or to start the apostille process for a social security benefit verification letter, contact us or place an order at the top of this page from within the main order form.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A Florida Apostille serves as an official certification provided by the Florida Department of State. It validates the authenticity of the seals and signatures on a document that's meant for use outside the U.S., specifically in countries that are signatories of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. Think of it as a seal of international credibility.

Yes, we do! Understanding that the apostille and notarization processes can be complex and sometimes confusing, we offer a Complimentary Document Inspection Service. This no-obligation service allows you to get a preliminary review of your documents by our team of experts, even before you commit to placing an order with us.

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Before you take the leap into the apostille or notarization process, why not let us take a look at your documents first? Use the link below to access our specialized document review portal and submit your documents securely.

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How the service works is simple:

  1. Upload Your Documents: Once you're in the portal, you'll be guided to upload the documents you're considering for an apostille or notarization.
  2. Expert Review: Our seasoned team will examine your documents to ensure they are properly prepared for the service you need.
  3. Personalized Feedback: You'll receive a comprehensive email that outlines your next steps or specifies any corrections that are required.

There's no financial obligation or commitment needed to take advantage of this free service. It's our way of providing you peace of mind and clarity about the process ahead.

Regular documents may not be immediately recognized or deemed valid outside of their country of origin. An apostille acts as a bridge, ensuring that these documents are legally recognized in member countries of the Hague Convention.

No, the State of Florida only issues physical apostilles. Thus, a certificate will always be attached to your document, giving it a tangible mark of authenticity. However, for your convenience, we can provide scans of the apostille for your records. Please note that these scans are not considered official apostilles, but can be useful for reference or record-keeping purposes.

The Florida Department of State provides apostilles for:

  1. Notarized Paper Documents: Original documents with a wet signature that have been notarized by a licensed Florida notary public, accompanied by the notary's stamp.

  2. Online Notarizations: Documents notarized online by a certified Florida remote online notary (RON).

  3. State-Issued Certificates: Certified documents issued either by the State of Florida or county governments within Florida. This includes items like birth and death certificates, articles of incorporation, annual reports, divorce decrees, and single status affidavits, to name a few.


Remember, the purpose of the apostille is to simplify international document recognition. If your document doesn’t fit these categories, it might require alternative authentication processes. Always consult with a professional when preparing documents for international use.

The cost of obtaining a Florida Apostille can vary. For the most accurate and up-to-date pricing, please refer to the pricing section on our website. We ensure transparency in our pricing and aim to offer the best value to our clients.

We pride ourselves on our transparent and fair pricing structure. Unlike some non-Florida companies, which might employ bait-and-switch tactics through misleading advertisements, we always ensure that what you see is what you get. Our commitment is not just to offer competitive pricing but also to maintain a level of trust and transparency with our clients. When you choose us, you're choosing honesty, clarity, and dedication to your needs.


We advise all our clients to be vigilant and to always compare not just the prices but the value and integrity behind them. If you have any further queries or need clarity on any aspect, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to help!

After you place your order, the process is straightforward:

  1. Invoice Receipt: We will send you a detailed invoice directly to your email.

  2. Payment Methods:

    • Credit/Debit Card: Simply follow the instructions in the invoice to pay using your credit or debit card.
    • ACH: If you prefer to pay directly from your checking account, you can also utilize the Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment method outlined in the invoice.

Certainly, Florida provides the opportunity to apostille a wide range of documents with specific guidelines:

  1. Document Versatility: While most documents can be notarized by a licensed Florida notary and subsequently apostilled in Florida, there are particular nuances to consider. For instance, if you have a document from another part of the U.S. or certain international documents currently in the U.S., they can, in many cases, be apostilled in Florida.

  2. Authentication for International Use: An apostille serves as a globally recognized seal of validation for countries participating in the Hague Apostille Convention.

  3. County Records: County recordable records can receive an apostille, but they cannot be notarized. If you need to apostille such a document, you must obtain a certified original.

  4. Vital Records: Only vital records (like birth and death certificates) issued in Florida can be apostilled in Florida. If you have vital records from another state, they must be apostilled in the state where they were originally issued.

The distinction lies in their participation and acceptance of the 1961 Hague Convention's standards on international document verification:

  1. Hague Countries:

    • These are countries that have joined the 1961 Hague Convention. As participants, they have streamlined the document authentication process by mutually recognizing an "apostille" as the sole certification required for a document's acceptance within their borders.
    • For documents originating from a U.S. state, the apostille is typically issued by the Secretary of State of that state.
  2. Non-Hague Countries:

    • Countries that haven't become signatories to the 1961 Hague Convention don't adhere to the streamlined apostille process. Here's what you need to know:

      1. Traditional Authentication: Non-Hague countries don't recognize the apostille as the singular authentication method. They typically demand a more layered and often prolonged chain of authentication or legalization.

      2. U.S. Department of State and Embassy Legalization: For documents originating from the U.S., the authentication process usually begins with the U.S. Department of State. Following this, the document requires further legalization by the respective country's embassy or consulate in the U.S.


When dealing with non-Hague countries, it's crucial to be prepared for a more intricate authentication process. Always ensure you're familiar with the specific requirements of the intended recipient country to guarantee document acceptance.

Absolutely. Authenticating documents for Non-Hague countries involves a more extensive procedure compared to the straightforward apostille method for Hague countries. Here’s a breakdown of the typical 4-step process you'll need to follow:

  1. Notarization: Your document must first be correctly notarized. It’s essential that the notary public follows all state-specific requirements.

  2. Secretary of State Authentication: Once notarized, the document then needs to be authenticated by the Secretary of State from the state of origination.

  3. U.S. Department of State Authentication: After this state-level verification, the document moves to the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC for further authentication.

  4. Embassy/Consulate Legalization: The final step involves having the document legalized at the embassy or consulate of the country where the document is intended to be used.

Note: Regrettably, the U.S. Department of State authentication cannot be expedited. As of March 2023, the processing time averages between 10-14 weeks. It’s crucial to factor in this duration when planning, to ensure timely document acceptance in your destination country.


Our team is equipped to guide you through this multi-step process, ensuring that your documents meet all necessary requirements for acceptance in Non-Hague countries. Always stay informed and proactive to guarantee a smooth authentication journey.

The word "apostille" is pronounced as "Ahh Poh Steel." Originating from French, "apostille" directly translates to "Certification." It refers to a specific form of authentication used for documents that are to be recognized in foreign countries, especially those participating in the 1961 Hague Convention.


So, when you come across the term "apostille," remember you're essentially referring to an official certification that authenticates a document for international use.

 

No, an apostille's primary purpose is to authenticate a document for acceptance in foreign countries, particularly those participating in the 1961 Hague Convention. If your document is for use within the U.S., you do not need an apostille.


Remember, always ensure the intended purpose and destination of your document to determine the correct authentication method. For domestic purposes within the U.S., standard notarization or other state-specific verifications are usually sufficient.

Although benefit verification letters from the Social Security Administration are federal documents, they stand as an exception to the typical federal apostille requirement. Instead, the recommended approach is:

  1. Attach the letter to a notarized true copy affidavit.
  2. Process the attached document through the Florida Department of State to secure an apostille.

Managing this unique process might seem challenging, but we're here to guide you every step of the way. For more detailed information, consider exploring our blog post on the topic.

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Certainly! We can ship your Florida apostilled documents back to you, whether you're located in the United States or anywhere around the globe. For international shipping, we use FedEx Priority International and DHL Express International to ensure timely delivery.

However, please note that carriers are currently not shipping to Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus.

For domestic shipping within the U.S., you have the option to choose between FedEx Express Overnight or FedEx 2-Day service, based on your preferences and urgency. We're committed to providing shipping solutions that align with your needs and schedule.

You have flexibility when it comes to return shipping of your apostilled documents. Here's what you need to know:

  • Use Your Own Prepaid Label: If you prefer, you're welcome to use your own prepaid shipping label.

  • Our Shipping Service: If you'd like us to handle your shipping, we'll include the cost of FedEx or DHL on your invoice and promptly provide you with a tracking number.

  • FedEx vs. DHL:

    • FedEx: Although more expensive, FedEx offers evening pickups, allowing your documents to be shipped the same day we receive them from the Department of State.
    • DHL: Generally considered the least expensive option and renowned in international document shipping, DHL won't accept shipments after 2 pm ET. This means your documents may be delayed by an additional business day compared to FedEx.

Regardless of your choice between FedEx and DHL, rest assured that both carriers are reliable and will ensure your documents arrive safely.

  • Domestic Return Shipping: Within the U.S., you can opt for FedEx Express Overnight or FedEx 2-Day service.

We strive to offer versatile shipping options to suit your needs and budget. Feel free to consult with us to decide the best shipping method for your situation.

 
 

Regrettably, if you wish to obtain a Florida apostille for notarized documents, the notarization must originate from a Florida notary public. This requirement is why many of our customers take advantage of our remote online notarization (RON) service.

For instance, if you reside in California and urgently need a copy of your passport notarized and apostilled, Florida Document Specialists can notarize your document online and instantly start the apostille process without the need to FedEx anything. You'll have your notarized and apostilled passport copy in just a few days.

Suggestion:

If you've already signed and notarized your documents outside Florida, you might want to consider having them re-notarized within the state. If the nature of the documents allows, we can remove the previous signatures and out-of-state notary seals, and you can re-sign them with one of our friendly online notaries. This “work-around” has assisted many customers in saving time, money, and alleviating frustration. It's an option worth considering if you find yourself in this situation.

Maybe, but there are specific requirements to consider.

  1. Current State Registrar's Signature: For vital records like birth or death certificates to be accepted for apostille in Florida, they must be signed by the current state registrar, Ken Jones. An older certified copy will necessitate obtaining a fresh one.

  2. Origin State Matters: If your certificate is from another state, it cannot receive a Florida apostille. Vital records from other states must be apostilled in the state where they were issued.

  3. Need Updated Florida Vital Records?: If you require updated Florida vital records, you can visit your local health department or order online through VitalCheck.

Understanding these regulations is crucial to ensure a smooth apostille process for vital records. For more detailed information about apostilles for Florida birth certificates, you can refer to this specific link on our website, which provides comprehensive guidance. Feel free to reach out to us if you need any assistance!

 
 
 

Absolutely! Assisting with the apostille of birth certificates, passports, and Single Status Certificates for destination weddings is one of our most popular requests. We understand that planning a wedding is already filled with excitement and anticipation, so let us take care of these essential details for you.

The "Single Status Certificate" is a document that verifies you are not currently married, making it a requirement for many destination weddings. We can guide you through the process of obtaining and apostilling all of these documents to ensure they meet the standards of the country where your wedding will take place.

You can trust us to manage this part of your journey so that you can focus on the joyous occasion ahead. Feel free to reach out to us, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Certainly! Florida's regulations for apostilling teaching certificates, college diplomas, and school transcripts can indeed be quite complex and nuanced. Procedures can vary greatly between public and private institutions, adding to the intricacy.

The good news is that we are well-versed in these rules and have extensive experience in handling these specific types of documents. Our team of experts can guide you through each step of the process, ensuring that all requirements are met and that the process is as smooth as possible.

Whether you're planning to teach abroad or pursue an educational opportunity in another country, we are here to support you. Don't hesitate to reach out to us with your documents and any specific questions you may have. We are committed to helping you navigate this intricate process with confidence and ease.

 
 
 

No, you absolutely should not attempt to remove the staple from the apostille cover sheet. Once an apostille cover sheet is affixed to a document, it is meant to remain there permanently. Removing or tampering with the staple is unlawful, and such action can result in the invalidation of the apostille.

Many foreign authorities conduct meticulous inspections of the documents, looking for any signs of alteration, including evidence of double staple holes. If these are detected, your document may be rejected, leading to unnecessary delays and complications.

The message is clear: Don’t mess with the staple! If you have concerns or require further assistance, we are always here to guide you through the proper procedures.

No, an apostille cover sheet itself does not have an expiration date. However, it's worth noting that some foreign authorities may reject a document if they consider the apostille to be too old. This can be subjective and dependent on the specific requirements of the country where the document is being used.

To avoid any potential issues, it is recommended to use your apostilled documents as soon as possible. If you have concerns or anticipate delays, it would be prudent to consult with the relevant foreign authorities or contact us for guidance. We are well-versed in the intricacies of international document recognition and can help ensure that your apostilled documents are accepted without issue.

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  2. Quality Service: We take immense pride in offering fantastic work for our clients, ensuring that every detail is handled with precision and care.

  3. Accessible Support: We provide real phone support during business hours and live chat support on our website, offering immediate assistance to your inquiries.

  4. Pre-Screening Review: Our pre-screening review of documents helps identify common mistakes before payment, saving both time and money and minimizing the risk of rejection.

  5. Specialized Focus: We specialize in Florida apostilles and documents requiring U.S. Department of State authentication and embassy legalization.

  6. Accredited and Rated: We are the only Florida apostille service that is accredited and holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

  7. Proven Experience: Our family-owned business has been serving clients since 2014, reflecting our longevity and commitment to excellence.

  8. Awards and Recognition: Our apostille coordinator was honored as the 2021 Notary of the Year by the National Notary Association.

  9. In-House Notaries: With certified, Florida remote online notaries on staff, we can swiftly assist with your notarization needs.

  10. Ethical Conduct: Our team operates by a code of ethics, ensuring the highest level of professionalism and integrity.

  11. Fair and Transparent Pricing: Our fee structure is designed to be affordable and transparent, without the misleading bait-and-switch tactics sometimes found elsewhere.

By choosing Florida Document Specialists, you are entrusting your vital documents to a reputable and experienced team that prioritizes your satisfaction. Your peace of mind is our top priority, and we're here to make the process as seamless as possible. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and let's get started on your apostille needs today!

A wide variety of documents may require a Florida apostille, depending on the purpose and the country where they are intended to be used. Here's a comprehensive list:

Corporate Documents:

  • Power of Attorney
  • Affidavits
  • Secretary Certificates
  • Florida Articles of Incorporation
  • Florida Certificate of Formation
  • Florida Certificate of Good Standing
  • Florida LLC or Corporate Certificate of Status
  • LLC Articles of Organization
  • Certificates of Origin
  • Hiring Documents
  • Company Invoices
  • Identity Documents of Corporate Executives (Passport, Driver License)
  • ISO Certificate
  • Other Business Documents

Personal Documents:

Academic Documents:

  • School Transcripts and Diplomas for Florida Public Schools
  • School Transcripts and Diplomas for Florida Private Schools
  • College Diplomas and Certificates
  • GED
  • High School Records
  • Report Cards
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Other School Records

These documents encompass a broad range of purposes, from legal and business matters to personal affairs and education. If you are dealing with a document not listed here and need clarification on whether it can be apostilled, it's always a good idea to consult with a professional apostille service provider, like Florida Document Specialists, who can guide you through the process based on the specific requirements of your destination country.

The standard processing time for a Florida apostille is around 30 days if you send orders directly to the Florida Department of State. However, if you need your documents more quickly, we offer various tiers of service to suit your needs. Our expedited services can process your apostille and have it on the way back to you in just 2-3 business days. We also offer more budget-friendly options with processing times of 10 days and 20 days.

No, you must obtain an apostille from the state where the document was issued for vital records or recordable documents. Each state has its own procedures for apostille services.

However, properly notarized documents by a Florida notary can be apostilled in Florida, even if the document is from another state. This does not apply to vital records or recordable documents.

We are expanding our apostille services to other states. Please inquire if we service the state that you need.

Yes, you can submit your documents in person at the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations office in Tallahassee. If you are seeking apostille services, presenting your documents directly to the office can be an option for you. However, keep in mind that there may still be specific requirements and processing times to consider.

Florida accepts foreign language documents for apostille as long as the notarization itself is conducted in English. If the notarial language is not in English, the document must be translated, and the translation properly notarized.

Yes, notarized documents are eligible for a Florida apostille if notarized by a Florida notary. Ensure that the notary public’s commission is valid and that the notarial act complies with Florida law. This includes properly notarized documents from other states if a Florida notary performs the notarization. However, this does not apply to vital records or recordable documents, which must be handled according to specific requirements.

Yes, we provide translation services in 95 languages. Our translations come with a notarized affidavit of translation, making the translation itself eligible to be apostilled. This streamlined process ensures accuracy and compliance with legal requirements.

Common reasons include improper notarization, missing or incorrect information, and submitting documents from another state. Our pre-screening review helps identify and avoid these issues.

In most cases, original documents are required. However, properly notarized copies may be eligible for apostille in certain situations. We provide a remote online notarization service that has solved problems for many of our customers. Notarizing online with us ensures that the notarization is done correctly, and in most cases, eliminates the need to mail us the document, thus saving time and money.

It's important to be aware that there are unethical apostille services operating in other states, not governed by Florida laws, which sell apostilles for photocopies of Florida vital records. The result is a photocopy of a Florida document with a non-Florida apostille attached. In most cases, foreign authorities will detect this and reject your document, leading to further complications and delays.

An apostille is used for countries that are part of the Hague Convention, while embassy legalization is required for non-member countries. We can guide you based on your specific needs.

We adhere to strict security protocols to protect your confidentiality, including secure data encryption and controlled access to documents.

  • Yes, we handle both commercial and personal documents, ranging from corporate agreements to personal identity documents, following the specific requirements for each type.

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We provide a reliable, efficient, and friendly experience. To ensure mutual understanding and satisfaction, please read these Terms of Service carefully.

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Payment and Refund Policy

Payment Method: An invoice will be sent to your email upon order submission. Payment must be made in advance to secure your online notarization appointment.

Refund Eligibility: Refunds will be granted solely for technical issues or mistakes on our part. All other payments are considered final and are non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy

  • We reserve the right to cancel any transaction at our discretion.
  • Orders left inactive for 14 business days are subject to cancellation.

Apostille Services

Payment and Refunds

Prepayment Requirement: All Apostille projects must be paid for in full before any processing begins.

Custom Work: Given the specialized nature of our Apostille services, work on your project starts immediately upon payment. Refunds are not possible once a project has commenced, except if we are at fault.

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How to Reach Us

You can reach us via phone at 386-256-5540 or 800-255-5287, or via email at notary@FloridaDocument.com.

Turnaround Times for Apostille Services

Apostille Services

  • RUSH Service: 2-3 business days (starts next business day if received after 12 pm ET)
  • FAST Service: Generally, under 10 business days
  • STANDARD Service: Approximately 20 business days
  • FBI Check RUSH Service: 3-4 business days
  • U.S. Department of State Authentication: Currently 11-14 weeks

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Our Role and Responsibility

We function as a courier service to expedite the apostille process. Our responsibilities are confined to facilitating the document exchange between you and the respective agencies.

Document Safety Clause

After your documents are handed over to a third party like the Florida Department of State or a shipping carrier, we can’t be held accountable for loss, damage, or other complications.

Exemptions for Government Errors

We cannot be held responsible for errors, omissions, or delays caused by government agencies, including but not limited to the Florida Department of State and the U.S. Department of State.

Carrier-Related Limitations

While we strive to use reliable carriers, we are not responsible for issues that arise during the shipping process by third-party carriers like FedEx, DHL, or USPS.

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Carrier Options

DHL Advisory: If you choose DHL for your return carrier, please be aware that an extra day is required due to their 2 pm ET cutoff. FedEx International is available as a quicker alternative.

Cancellation by Us

We reserve the right to cancel any transaction or order at our sole discretion. In such cases, you’ll be fully refunded, and any original documents in our possession will be returned to you.

Thank you for choosing our Apostille and Online Notarization Services! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Yes, there are now two options for apostilling your FBI background check. The traditional method (Option 1) involves the U.S. Department of State and has a processing time of 11-13 weeks. The newer, expedited method (Option 2) uses the D.C. Secretary of State and can be completed in 3-4 days. Both are legitimate but may differ in appearance and recognition by foreign authorities. For more detailed information about these options, please click here to read our comprehensive guide.