Do You Need An Apostille?
If you’re sending a document to another country, it may be necessary to have an apostille on it. This can be helpful if you need to get your document notarized in another country, or if you want to use it as proof of identification for a visa application.
The reason why an apostille is needed is because each country has its own rules about what documents are acceptable as proof of identification and what documents can be used in court cases. The apostille helps ensure that these documents meet those requirements.
An apostille is issued by the Secretary of State in the U.S. state where the document was notarized or issued.
An apostille is issued by the Secretary of State in the U.S. state where the document was notarized or issued. The person who will issue your apostille depends on whether you live in a commonwealth of the United States, a territory, or one of several states that have signed an interstate compact with other states to create regional offices for processing documents.
If you live in Houston, Texas, your apostille will be issued by the Secretary of State for that state. If something is confusing you, you can consult with any professional Houston apostille service about your situation.
If you reside in any other state or territory except for Maryland and Washington D.C., then your certificate will be processed by either Colorado or Virginia depending on which state issued it originally (Colorado processes certificates from anywhere within its region).