FBI Legalization for China

In order to teach in China, you will be asked to certify and legalize your FBI background check.  The process of legalizing your background check is two steps.

The first step requires for you to obtain your FBI background check.  In order to obtain your background check, you will need to contact an approved FBI Channeler.  An FBI Channeler will assist you in expedited the background check process saving you time and money.  In additional to the hard-copy that will be mailed to your home, you can also request a digital copy.  If you are outside of the USA, you can e-mail us the digital copy in order to save time and money.  Please call our office for instructions and the order forms 1-888-810-4054.

Once we receive your FBI background check, we will submit your document the next business morning to the US Department of State in Washington DC.  The current processing time is four business days.  Once complete, we will then drop-off your documents at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC for legalization.  Please note that the Embassy of China does not accept documents that are mailed in.  They must  be hand-delivered and picked-up from the Embassy.  The current processing time with the Chinese Embassy is 5-6 business days.  Please note that the processing time at the Embassy and the US Department of State can change at any time and the time frames we are providing in this article are estimated as of June 2017.

In total, expect it to take two weeks to complete your document (US Department of State and the Chinese Embassy).  If you have already submitted your FBI background check to the US Department of State yourself, please note that we cannot retrieve it for you.  You must wait for the Department of State to return your document by mail.   If you only require China Embassy attestation, we can help you with that too.

Certifying, attesting, and legalizing documents for China can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the authentication process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you.

Single Status Affidavit Apostille

Do you need an apostille on a Single Status Affidavit?

Are you planning on getting married in another country and need to provide you are single?  If you are planning to get married in another country,  you will need to obtain an apostille on your single status affidavit.  A single status affidavit is a document that states you are currently not married to another person in the USA.  You can contact the local County Clerk to obtain this document.

A single status affidavit is basically a sworn statement.  The reason for this is to prevent individuals form getting married to more than one person at a given time.  You can obtain a single status affidavit by contacting the local County Clerk or you can draft your own document and have it notarized (see example below).  If you are outside of the USA, the local U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate office will also be able to assist you with the production and notarization of this document.

Some countries may also refer to this document as:
Single Status Affidavit
No Record of Marriage
Certificate of Freedom to Marry
Certificate of No Impediment for Marriage
Certificate of No Record – Marriage
Affidavit of Single Status
Affidavit of Marriageability
Certificate of No Public Record
Marriageability Affidavit

Here is an example of a single status affidavit:

Depending on how you obtain your single status (County Clerk, Court, State, US Embassy or US Consulate), we recommend that you contact us so we can provide you step-by-step instructions.  For example, if you obtained your single status affidavit from the County Clerk in San Francisco, California, you will need to mail in this document to our San Francisco apostille office.  Another example, if you obtain your single status from a U.S. Embassy in China, you will need to mail in this document to our Washington, D.C. apostille office for processing.

At International Apostille Services, Inc. – San Francisco, we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on our documents. Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-415-871-0759 (International Callers).

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

2016 Holiday Apostille Hours

Our Holiday Hours:
Our customer service and online chat service will be available on
Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th from 8am to 7pm.

Our offices will be closed on Saturday, December 24, 2016.

All documents received between December 23rd and December 27th
will be processed on Tuesday, December 27th.

Wishing you all the best this Holiday Season!
Thank you for your business!

Apostille FBI

Spuren im DatenverkehrDo you need an apostille on your FBI Criminal Background Check?

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your documents.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

The first step in obtaining an apostille on your FBI criminal background check is to contact an Approved FBI Channeler.  An FBI Channeler will help expedite the process of obtaining your background check directly from the FBI.  You will first need to contact the FBI Channeler in order to obtain the fingerprint card and instructions.  Once you have received your FBI background check, you can then mail it to our Washington, D.C. office for processing.

Here is an example of an FBI criminal background check:

Apostille FBI Criminal Background Check

You can either request a digital copy or a hard copy.  A digital copy will be emailed to you by the Channeler.  Once you receive it, you can then forward it to: support@apostilleFBI.com .  Be sure to include our FBI Apostille Order Form and Credit Card Authorization Form.

If you request a hard copy, you can mail in this document to our Washington DC Apostille office.  You can find our Washington, D.C. address on the top-right hand side of the order forms.

Our office in Washington, D.C. can expedite the processing of your FBI background check through the U.S. Department of State.  The U.S. Department of State is located in Washington, D.C. and is the only U.S. Government office in America that can process this document.  Please note that an FBI background check cannot be notarized or processed through the a State office (Example: California Secretary of State).  This document can only be processed through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Our office in Washington, D.C. can process this document.  Call us at 1-888-810-4054 ext 1.

Apostille California

California ApostilleDo you need apostille service from the State of California?

At International Apostille Services California, we take the guesswork out of getting a California Apostille for your documents.  Documents received at our San Francisco office are hand delivered and picked-up from the California Secretary of State’s office.

We can apostille birth certificates, death certificate, marriage certificates, divorce decree, power of attorney, affidavit, background checks, corporate documents, and so much more!

The very first step is to contact our office.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  Once we receive your documents, we’ll rush them to State and Government offices.

Our video helps explain the process…

Common documents we apostille are:
Birth Certificate
Marriage Certificate
Death Certificate
Divorce Decree
Power of Attorney / Affidavits
Copy of Passport
Notarized Documents
Business Documents
Certificate of Free Sale
Certificate of Origin
Articles of Incorporation
Background Checks
and more!

International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document authentication services in California.  We have offices in San Francisco and California.  Call us at 1-888-810-4054 today.

Washington DC Apostille

US Federal ApostilleDo you need Washington DC Apostille service?

At International Apostille Services, Inc. in San Francisco, we take the guesswork out of authenticate State and U.S. Federal Government documents.  Our trained and knowledgeable state are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions.

In addition to our San Francisco Apostille service, we also provide Washington DC Apostille services through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.  Our office in Washington, D.C. is located minutes away from Government offices allowing us the opportunity to authenticate and certify your documents quickly.

There are many reason why your documents will require an apostille or certification from the U.S. Federal Government. If you have U.S. Federal Government documents or if your documents are destined for a non-Hague apostille country, your documents will require Washington DC apostille or certification services through the U.S. Department of State.

Here is a list of reason why your documents will require a U.S. Federal apostille or US Department of State certification through the U.S. Department of State:

  1. Documents destined for a non-Hague apostille country (Example: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, etc…).
  2. Documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government (Example: FBI, USDA, FDA, SSA, DOJ, USPTO, DHS, EPA, etc…).
  3. Documents issued by the District of Columbia.

Here is a short video that explains the process:

San Francisco Apostille Office

San Francisco ApostilleAre you are in the San Francisco area need California Apostille Services?

International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in authenticating documents issued from the State of California.  Our staff is knowledgeable in answering questions regarding obtaining a California Apostille  We recommend that you mail in or drop-off your documents at our San Francisco office. Our office doors are open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm.  Our call center is open Monday-Saturday from 8am to 7pm.   We recommend that you contact us before you send in your documents for processing.

Documents received Monday – Friday are processed the following business day with the California Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento.  This ensures that your documents will be processed quickly saving you time and money.  We also provide FedEx return shipping at no additional cost.

The first step is to contact our office so we can review your documents over the phone.  Documents issued from the State of California can be apostilled through our San Francisco office.  Documents issued from the other States, can be processed through our other seven offices.  Please note that we also have an office in Los Angeles.

Once we have had a chance to speak with you over the phone, we will email you the order forms and instructions.  You are more than welcome to stop by our office to drop off your documents or simply mail them in. It’s your choice!

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you.

Marriage Certificate Apostille

Marriage Certificate ApostilleDo you need your San Francisco Marriage Certificate apostilled?

In order to apostille your marriage certificate, you must mail in a certified copy issued by the San Francisco County Clerk’s office.  The County Clerk’s office handles certified copies of San Francisco Confidential marriage licenses. Public marriage certificates are maintained by the County Recorder in the county where you purchased your marriage license. Certified copies of San Francisco public marriage certificates are issued by Office of the Assessor-Recorder.  You can also order a certified copy of your marriage certificate through Vitalcheck.com and have it delivered to our San Francisco office for processing.

If you were married in San Francisco, go ahead and mail in your document to our San Francisco office for processing.  We can process your document the day after we receive it through the State of California.  We also provide FedEx return shipping at no additional cost.  If you require international shipping, please let us know.

Our office in San Francisco can apostille marriage certificates issued from all 58 Counties in California.

Here are some common questions…

Why do you need an apostille on your marriage certificate? If you are planning to obtain dual citizenship, register your marriage in another country (Example: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc..), sell or buy property in another country, open or close bank accounts, pension etc…. you will be asked to obtain an apostille on your marriage certificate.

Will I receive my marriage certificate back?  Yes.  If your document qualifies for an apostille, the State will staple or rivet the apostille to your original document.  The apostille certifies the signature and name of the acting public official who signed your document.

How long does the process take?  The processing time is the day after we receive your documents.  We also provide FedEx return shipping at no additional cost within the United States.

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you.

San Francisco Birth Certificate Apostille

San Francisco ApostilleIf you were born in the San Francisco bay area and need an apostille on your birth certificate, we can help!

We can apostille birth certificates issued from all nine counties of the San Francisco Bay area which includes:  Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.  The major cities we receive documents from are: San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

We can apostille birth certificates issued from the San Francisco County Clerk or any of the nine counties listed above the day after we receive your documents.  Unbeknownst to most of our clients, the California Secretary of State does not have an office in San Francisco.  Everyday, we drive to the California Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento to authenticate documents received the day before.

For example, documents received today will be processed the following business day and delivered the next business morning by FedEx priority shipping to your location.  Our quick next business day turn-around ensures your documents will be completed quickly and professionally.  We can also provide FedEx International shipping for an additional cost.  Our Los Angeles Apostille service can authenticate your documents the same-day.  If time is of the essence, please mail your documents to our Los Angeles – Burbank office.

Most of our clients mail-in their documents to our office.  If you fee more comfortable, you can drop-off your documents with our receptionist for processing.  Keep in mind that we ask that you complete the order form and credit card authorization form and include with your original documents.  Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm.  Our Customer service hours are 8am to 7pm Monday – Saturday.

The State of California can only apostille birth certificates issued from the County Clerk. If your document has been issued by the Health Department and signed by a Medical Doctor, you either need to obtain a certified copy from the County Clerk or mail-in the document you currently have and we can authenticate it through the County and State.

Before mailing in your document to our San Francisco office, please contact us.

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.

California Apostille Services in SF

San Francisco Apostille CaliforniaCalifornia Apostille Services in San Francisco (Downtown)

Are you in the San Francisco area and need California Apostille Services?

We’re conveniently located in the downtown San Francisco area at the corner of Sansome St. and Sutter St.  Common documents we apostille are birth certificates, power of attorney documents, marriage certificates, death certificates, divorce decrees, affidavits, business documents, and more!

If you are in the San Francisco area, you can mail-in or drop-off your documents anytime from 8am to 5pm Monday – Friday.  Our customer service hours are Monday-Saturday from 8am to 7pm.  Documents received before 4pm will be processed the following business day with the California Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento.  Once complete and verified, your documents will be shipped back to your return address by FedEx priority shipping.  We also provide FedEx International Priority shipping.

We are the fastest California Apostille Service provider in San Francisco!  We process hundreds of documents every month through out Downtown San Francisco office.

We’re conveniently located in San Francisco at the corner of Sansome St. and Sutter St.  Please, call us before you stop-by as we will need to email you our San Francisco Apostille Order Form and credit card authorization form.

Our San Francisco Apostille office is located at:
1 Sansome Street #3500
San Francisco, CA 94104
1-415-871-0759

If our office is too far or you find it difficult to visit our office, we recommend that you mail-in your documents by FedEx, UPS, or USPS Priority Mail.  Common documents we apostille are birth certificates, death certificates, marriage license, divorce decrees, notarized power of attorney documents, notarized passports, driver license’s and more!

Our California office is able to apostille documents originating from all 58 Counties in California including documents that require notarization.  If your documents are from another country (Example: Power of Attorney Apostille), you will need to meet with a local notary to have your signature notarized on the document.  In the State of California, as long as you can speak English, your document can be notarized even if it’s written in another language.  If your documents originated from another State (Example: Florida), go ahead and Contact Us.  We have seven offices located through the United States and Washington, D.C. to help expedite the processing of all of your documents.

What is an apostille?

An apostille is an official document issued by the California Secretary of State’s office which will be stapled to your original document certifying the official who signed it.  With over 100 countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention, you will be asked for an apostille if you plan to conduct business or handle personal affairs in another country.

How long does it take to get an apostille?

The processing time is the next business day and we do provide FedEx overnight shipping back to your return address.  We also provide FedEx International priority shipping.