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.