Federal Documents Get U.S. Apostille in DC, Not California Apostille

Many people trying to obtain apostilles for their documents don’t realize that documents such as FBI background checks or drug-related reports from the Food and Drug Administration being used in an apostille country must get US apostilles from Washington DC for their documents, not California apostilles. Here are the requirements below from the US Department of State’s website:

U.S. Department of State-Issued Apostille Requirements

Apostille related logo: US State Department logoFederally issued documents destined for use in participating Hague countries and their territories require an Apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State. Documents requiring an apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State are those which have been signed by one of the following:

— U.S. Federal Official

— an American Consular Officer

— a Military Notary, Judge Advocate (10 USC 1044a), or a foreign Consul diplomatic official registered with the State Department Office of Protocol.

Note:   All certifications must include a legible signature of the official’s name, title and seal of the agency.

Please submit a completed Request of Authentications Service DS-4194 form with all of your requests. In Section 4 of the DS-4194, the “Country of Use” please put the actual name of the country the document will be used in. This information for each document must be specified before the document(s) can be processed. The “Country of Use” is the actual country the document will be used in.


California Apostille Agents can help you obtain US apostilles through our affiliates in Washington D.C. Please call us for a quote.