We only need three things from you to start the expedited Texas apostille divorce decree and Texas apostille divorce certificate service process.
First, mail us or drop off your original Texas divorce decree or Texas divorce certificate at our office. The divorce decree or divorce certificate you submit to us cannot be a photocopy or a notarized copy and you can’t fax or email us a copy of your divorce decree or divorce certificate to apostille or authenticate.
The Texas Secretary of State will only accept and issue apostille certificates and authentication certificates on original Texas divorce decrees and Texas divorce certificates that are physically presented to them not copies.
When we say an “original divorce decree and divorce certificate” this means you have an original Texas divorce decree or Texas divorce certificate that was issued at the time (year) of your divorce or a certified copy of your divorce decree or divorce certificate that you can order and obtain from the Texas county of where the official divorce record was first recorded at.
Do not send us a Texas divorce decree to apostille or authenticate if it was issued before 1980.
Your Texas divorce decree must be issued after 1980.
If not, you will need to order a new certified copy of your divorce decree or divorce certificate from the Texas county of where you were divorced because the Texas Secretary of State won’t be able to find that old of divorce record in their state records database.
If your state certified copy or original Texas divorce certificate or Texas divorce decree 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 divorce record in their state records database.
With that said we’ve successfully apostilled and authenticated many Texas divorce certificates and Texas divorce decrees issued from the 1980’s and 1990’s that the TXSOS found so we’ll happily attempt to file your Texas divorce certificate or Texas divorce decree that was issued during these years.
But please be aware if the Texas Secretary of State does reject your Texas divorce certificate or Texas divorce decree (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 certified divorce certificate or divorce decree copy and then pay us our full apostille service fee a second time to reattempt to apostille or authenticate your divorce certificate or divorce decree for the second time.
Your divorce decree or divorce certificate cannot be issued from another state or country and it must be issued from the State of Texas.
If your divorce decree or divorce certificate was issued from another U.S state other than Texas you can only receive an apostille certification or authentication certification on a U.S divorce decree or divorce certificate or any other type of recordable document (birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses or marriage certificates) from the state in which the document originated and was issued from.
For example, if you got divorced in the State of California but you now reside in Texas you can only obtain an apostille certificate or authentication certificate on your California divorce decree or divorce 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 divorce decrees and divorce 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 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 divorce decree or divorce 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 divorce decree or divorce 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 your U.S divorce decree or divorce certificate.