We only need three things from you to start the expedited Texas apostille death verification letter service process.
First, mail us or drop off your original Texas death verification letter at our office. The death verification letter you submit to us cannot be a photocopy or a notarized copy and you can’t fax or email us a copy of your death verification letter to apostille or authenticate.
The Texas Secretary of State will only accept and issue apostille certificates and authentication certificates on original Texas death verification letters that are physically presented to them not copies.
When we say an “original death verification letter” this means you have a certified Texas death verification letter that was issued from Texas Vital Statistics (also called Texas Vital Records) in Austin, TX.
Do not send us a Texas death verification letter to apostille or authenticate if it was issued before 1980.
Your Texas death verification letter must be issued after 1980.
If not, you will need to order a new death verification letter from Texas Vital Records because the Texas Secretary of State won’t be able to find that old of death record in their state records database.
If your Texas death verification letter 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 death verification letters from the 1980’s and 1990’s that the TXSOS found so we’ll happily attempt to file your Texas death verification letter that was issued during these years.
But please be aware if the Texas Secretary of State does reject your Texas death verification letter (we will email you a copy and mail you the original rejection letter that the TXSOS issues on all rejected documents) you will have to order a new death verification letter and then pay us our full apostille service fee a second time to reattempt to apostille or authenticate your death verification letter for the second time.
Your death verification letter cannot be issued from another state or country and it must be issued from the State of Texas.
If your death verification letter was issued from another U.S state other than Texas you can only receive an apostille certification or authentication certification on a U.S death verification letter or any other type of recordable document (birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses or marriage certificates, divorce decrees or divorce certificates) from the state in which the document originated and was issued from.
For example, if a person died in the State of California but they legally resided in Texas you can only obtain an apostille certificate or authentication certificate on a California death verification letter 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 death verification letters 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 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 death verification letter 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 death verification letter 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 death verification letter.