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How long does it take to get my Apostille/ Authentication certificates?

Navigating the process of obtaining Apostille or Authentication certificates is a crucial step for those needing to use U.S.-issued documents in foreign countries. These certificates validate the authenticity of documents ranging from birth certificates to corporate records, making them recognized under international law. One common question is, "How long does it take to get my Apostille/Authentication certificates?" Here, we provide insights into the timeline and how State Document ensures a smooth and expedited process.

General Timeframe for Apostille/Authentication

The timeframe for obtaining an Apostille or Authentication certificate can vary significantly based on several factors:

  1. Issuing State or Federal Authority: Each state has its own Secretary of State office with different processing times for issuing Apostilles. Federal documents, like FBI background checks, require authentication from the U.S. Department of State.

  2. Document Type: The nature of the document can affect processing times. Standard documents like birth certificates may be quicker to process than more complex documents requiring additional verification.

  3. Method of Submission: Whether the documents are submitted in person, by mail, or through an expedited service can impact the overall timeline.

  4. Current Workload: Processing times fluctuate based on the current demand and workload of the issuing authority.

Typically, the process can take anywhere from 5 to 15 business days. However, considering mailing times and any unforeseen delays, it's wise to allow for a broader window.

Expedited Services

For those requiring their documents in a shorter timeframe, expedited services are available at an additional cost. These services can reduce the processing time to as little as 2-3 business days, depending on the state and document type.

Planning Ahead

Given the variability in processing times, we recommend starting the Apostille/Authentication process as early as possible, especially if you have a fixed travel date or deadline. Engaging State Document's services at the outset ensures that your documents are handled efficiently and expediently, minimizing delays and stress.


While the timeline for obtaining Apostille/Authentication certificates can vary, partnering with State Document significantly enhances the speed and reliability of the process. With our expertise and expedited service options, you can trust that your essential documents will be authenticated and returned to you in time for your international needs. Begin the process with State Document today, and move forward with confidence, knowing your documents are in capable hands.


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