Do you need an apostille for your college degree and transcripts?
If you are planning to continue your education in another country who is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, your employer will requested an apostille on your school degree and/or college transcript. In order for us to authenticate your document, you will need to mail-in a notarized copy.
We can apostille notarized degrees from middle school, high school, college, university, and trade school. We can also apostille certificates and awards issued to you. For example: Yoga certification, certification to teach, life coach certification, etc…
The first step is to contact the school’s registrar and request to have your degree and/or transcript notarized. This may involve having to hire a traveling notary to visit the campus and meet with the school’s registrar. If your school’s registrar is unavailable, you can meet with a notary and have your official documents copy certified. The notary will fill-out the copy certification form and stapled to the original or color copy of your original document. In some States, the notary cannot copy certify your degree and/or transcripts. If your college is in the States of California, New York, and Washington, D.C., go ahead and contact us so we can provide you step-by-step instructions.
Once your documents have bee notarized, the next step is to mail in your notarized degree and/or transcript to our office for processing. Our seven offices are strategically located in California (Los Angeles & San Francisco), Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, and in Washington, D.C. to help expedite the process of authenticating your documents. It’s important that you mail-in the original notarized document as the state will not accept copies.
Only the State office has the authority to issue an apostille on your documents. The process is very time-consuming and can be confusing. Every day, our staff visits the California Secretary of State and the Department of State offices to complete your documents. Unlike most of our competitors, we don’t mail your documents to the State. Authenticating your documents is a time-consuming process that can take many hours to complete. If the notarization has been completed correctly, the State will attach an apostille to your documents. If the notary fails to follow the proper notarial laws, your documents will be rejected and you will have to start the process over. About 20-30% of notarized documents we receive at our offices have been notarized incorrectly. We recommend that you work with a professional notary who will follow the laws of the state.
The purpose of the apostille is to authenticate the official (notary public) who signed the diploma and/or transcript. We recommend that you review your transcripts and/or diploma for accuracy before the apostille is attached. In some countries, they will request that your diploma and/or transcripts be translated. Translation of documents should be done after the apostille is attached.
International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document authentication services. We process documents from all 50 U.S. States including documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government. Our in-house California notary has at least 10 years of notary experience. Call us anytime from 8am to 7pm Monday through Saturday.
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