We only need three things from you to complete the expedited Texas apostille cremation certificate service process.
First, mail us or drop off an original Texas cremation certificate at our office that was issued from a city or county government agency of where the cremation was done at.
The city or county issued cremation certificate you submit to us cannot be a photocopy or a notarized copy and you cannot fax or email us a copy of a cremation certificate to apostille or authenticate.
The Texas Secretary of State will only accept and issue apostille certificates and authentication certificates on original Texas cremation certificates that are physically presented to them not copies.
When we say an “original cremation certificate” this means you have an original Texas cremation certificate that was issued at the time (year) of the persons death or a certified copy of a cremation certificate that you can order and obtain from the Texas city or county of where the official death record was first recorded at.
If the Texas city or county of where the cremation happened in doesn’t provide official cremation certificates (like death certificates) your only other choice is to get a Texas cremation certificate from the funeral home or crematory that did the actual cremation services in Texas.
An owner or official from the business that did the cremation must sign the in-house created cremation certificate infront of a Texas notary public who will then notarize it so it can be accepted by the Texas Secretary of State to apostille or authenticate.
Do not send or drop off to us a Texas cremation certificate to apostille or authenticate if it was issued before 1980. Your Texas cremation certificate must be issued after 1980.
If not, you must order a new certified copy of a cremation certificate from the Texas city or county of where the deceased person was cremated at because the Texas Secretary of State won’t be able to find that old of death record in their state records database.
If your certified copy or original Texas cremation certificate was issued between 1980-1999 you have roughly a 50/50 chance that it will be rejected by the Texas Secretary of State because they won’t be able to find that old of death record in their state records database.
With that said we’ve successfully apostilled and authenticated many Texas cremation certificates issued from the 1980’s and 1990’s that the Texas Secretary of State found so we’ll happily attempt to file your Texas cremation certificate that was issued during these years.
But please be aware if the Texas Secretary of State does reject your Texas cremation certificate we will email you a copy and mail you the original rejection letter that the Texas Secretary of State issues on all rejected documents.
Then you will have to order a new certified cremation certificate copy and pay us our full apostille service fee a second time to reattempt to apostille or authenticate your cremation certificate for the second time.
The cremation certificate cannot be issued from another state or country and it must be issued from the State of Texas.
If a cremation certificate was issued or notarized from another U.S state other than Texas you can only receive an apostille certification or authentication certification on a U.S cremation certificate or any other type of recordable document (birth certificates, marriage licenses or marriage certificates, death certificates, divorce decrees or divorce certificates) from the state in which the document originated and was issued from.
For example, if a person was cremated in the State of California but they legally resided in Texas you can only obtain an apostille certificate or authentication certificate on a California cremation certificate from the California Secretary of State. The exact same scenario applies to all recordable legal documents and the 49 U.S states.
Apostille Texas only apostilles cremation certificates at the state government level for the State of Texas but if the country you’re sending your documents to is not a member nation of the 1961 Hague Convention you will need to go through two more legal document filing steps. We can assist you with these two other steps even if we don’t obtain the state level authentication for you from a non-Texas state.
The second step is to rush file your cremation certificate at the United States Department of State (USDOS) office in
Washington D.C but this step can only be done after you have been issued a state level authentication certificate by one of the fifty state secretary of state offices in the United States.
The third step is to rush file your cremation certificate with the foreign country embassy of where your documents are being submitted to in Washington D.C. This final document legalization step can only be done after you have been issued both a state and federal authentication certification on a U.S cremation certificate.