How To Apostille Name
Change Petition For

Apostille Name Change State Level

Apostille Name Change State Level
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Apostille Name Change Federal Level

Apostille Name Change Federal Level
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Step 1

 

We only need three things from you to complete the expedited Texas apostille name change or federal apostille petition for name change service process.

First, mail us your original or certified copy Texas name change petition document that will be issued by one of the 254 Texas counties in Texas or the federal petition for name change document that is issued by the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and/or U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

The Texas Secretary of State will only accept and issue universal apostille certificates on original Texas name change documents that are physically presented to them and they must be signed and sealed by that Texas counties county clerk, district clerk, or deputy clerk.

When we say an “original name change or petition for name change documents” this means you have an original Texas name change or federal petition for name change document that you ordered and received by mail or you physically picked up the state level name change document at the Texas county office of where it was issued from.

If you only have a judge’s signature on your Texas name change documents this will not do and your document will get rejected by the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

Please note since the COVID fiasco in 2020 the “rush” process time to receive a federal petition for name change apostille will take at least 7-9 months in time. No kidding!

Plus, we (no person or company can) can’t give you any type of progress updates on your order because we get none from the DOJ.

Only after the DOJ certifies your petition for name change documents can we email you to let you know that step one is all completed and the filing of your DOJ certified petition for name change with the United States Department of State has been started.

The U.S Department of State also does not give us or anyone any updates on orders so we can’t update you for 2-3 months until after we receive your apostilled documents back from the USDOS office. 

This federal processs is ridiculous and maddening beyond words we know.

This is why we highly recommend that you get your name change paperwork done at the Texas state level and not at the federal level which is a nightmarishly long process.

Apostille Texas can same day apostille your Texas state level name change documents for you compared to the 7-9 month turnaround time (TAT) to apostille federal petition for name change documents.

For any federal petition for name change document to be apostilled it must be first filed at the U.S Justice Department in Washington D.C to get it federally certified and only after that first step is completed can it be submitted to the U.S Department of State to be issued an apostille or authentication certificate on your petition for name change document.

In order to obtain the proper certification from the U.S Justice department your federal petition for name change document must have all of the following:

1. The signature of the deputy clerk must be original pen in hand (not electronic or autopen);
2. Name of the court listed at the top of the document;
3. Embossed stamp of the court on the document;
4. The document must be original and can’t be notarized.

Missing any one of these four requirements will result in a rejection of your document by the Department of Justice and you will be out all the money you paid us to file your documents for you.

The total cost to expedite file and apostille your petition for name change document at both the USDOJ and USDOS in Washington D.C is $350 per document. 

Step 2

Second mail or drop off at our office a prepaid FedEx or UPS return shipping label (we do not accept air waybills) that you can create and purchase online at FedEx.com or UPS.com without needing to create or have an existing account set up with them. You can also visit any UPS Store or FedEx Office location to purchase a prepaid shipping label as well. 

Do not use the United States Postal Service (USPS) because they lose things constantly
(potentially your petition for name change document) and are completely unreliable and slow.

The reason we require a prepaid return shipping label is so we can mail your documents back to you or to wherever and whomever in the world that you want your documents shipped to. 

On the prepaid return FedEx or UPS shipping label that you must provide us list the senders mailing address (from) as your address and then for the receivers address (to) just list the address of where and who you want your documents mailed back to.

Click on the below links for easy step-by-step screenshot directions on how to create a prepaid return FedEx or UPS shipping label online in only a few minutes.

https://www.apostilletexas.org/faqs/shipping/how-and-where-do-i-create-and-purchase-a-prepaid-fedex-return-shipping-label/

https://www.apostilletexas.org/faqs/shipping/how-and-where-do-i-create-and-purchase-a-prepaid-ups-return-shipping-label/

If you want your documents shipped back to you or to someone else internationally (USA to another foreign country) please also provide us with a customs invoice (see the two links below to download and sign the custom prefilled out for you templates) that shipping companies (FedEx, UPS) will normally require you to include whenever you ship documents internationally to certain countries.

https://www.apostilletexas.org/faqs/shipping/where-do-i-download-a-fedex-shipping-invoice-template-to-use-for-international-shipping/ 

https://www.apostilletexas.org/faqs/shipping/where-do-i-download-a-ups-shipping-invoice-template-to-use-for-international-shipping/ 

Step 3

Third, you will need to download, sign, and email, mail, or drop off at our office our rush Texas apostille service order form that can be instantly downloaded by clicking on the Texas apostille order form button below.

You will need to download our federal apostille order form on a different page if you have a U.S federally-issued petition for name change document that you need apostilled or authenticated.

We cannot accept or process your documents by mail, email, or drop off until we receive a properly completed apostille order form from you.

If you will be dropping your documents off at our office in person you must bring this completed Texas apostille order form in with you along with any documents that you want us to rush apostille or authenticate for you or for your company.

When you arrive at our office walk up to our front lobby receptionist desk area and tell them that you have some documents to dropoff for Apostille Texas. Detailed directions and pictures of our office and office building are on our contact us page as well for you to view.

Please also understand your documents will not and cannot be apostilled or authenticated onsite at our office so this isn’t walk-in service.

The only legal and government entity in Texas that can issue apostille and authentication certificates is the Texas Secretary of State office which is where we will rush file your Texas name change document at on your behalf.

We must receive your Texas name change petition order by mail or dropped off at our office by noon CST Monday-Friday (excluding all bank and government holidays) to be able to provide you with same day Texas apostille services. If we receive your Texas name change petition after that cutoff time don’t worry we’ll simply attempt to file it on the next business day. 

Lastly, we do not have these Texas apostille order forms available at our front desk receptionist area.

So if you choose to drop your documents off at our office please make sure to print out and bring this Texas apostille order form in with you or alternatively you can email us the completed Texas apostille order form ahead of time. 

Texas Apostille &
Authentication
Services Pricing

TXSOS Seal

All Texas Secretary of State government filing fees are included in the $95 price.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Money back guarantee if we don’t attempt to file your documents in the stated time.

Document Courier

Your documents couriered to any shipping center (return shipping costs not included).

Cellphone Email

Document filing status updates by email or text.

Austin Texas

We’re based in Austin, TX, so no middleman for you to go through.

Phone and Email Support

Phone and email support seven days a week.

Texas Documents

Additional documents filed at the same time only $65 each.

Texas Apostille Service Pricing Chart
Same Business Day Apostille Service $95

Same Business Day
Apostille Service

TXSOS Seal

All Texas Secretary of State government filing fees are included in the $95 price.

100 Satisfaction Guarantee

Money back guarantee if we don’t attempt to file your documents in the stated time.

Document Courier

Your documents couriered to any shipping center (return shipping costs not included).

Cellphone Email

Document filing status updates by email or text.

Austin Texas

We’re based in Austin, TX so no middleman for you to go through.

Phone and Email Support

Phone and email support seven days a week.

Texas Documents

Additional documents filed at the same time only $65 each.

Texas Apostille Service Pricing Chart
Texas Apostille Order Form