The first route requires you to get your documents apostilled or authenticated at the state level at one of the fifty U.S. Secretary of State offices.
Then once you’ve been issued a Texas apostille certificate or Texas authentication certificate (or a certificate issued from one of the other forty nine secretary of state’s offices) on your document you can then file to receive a legalization on the document at that countries U.S foreign embassy office in Washington D.C.
About 95% of all U.S.A foreign embassies are located in Washington DC and the rest of the foreign branch consulate or consular offices are sprinkled around the United States in different states.
Please note that Apostille Texas only provides same day rush apostilles documents and authentications for the State of Texas. Once we hand submit your documents in person to a foreign embassy it will take them anywhere from 3 business days to 3 weeks to legalize and attest your documents.
So if you need to get your personal, corporate, academic, or business documents authenticated in another state (where your documents originated from) other than Texas we will not be able to help you with that state legal document step.
Don’t worry though we’ll still be able to help you rush obtain a federal USDOS apostille or authentication certificate and embassy legalize your documents in Washington D.C which will always be required for any non-Hague Convention member countries like China, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Yemen, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Kuwait, Nigeria, Egypt, Cuba, and Canada.
The second route allows you to bypass the state government level step completely. The first step would be to rush authenticate your documents directly at the U.S Department of State office via walk in counter service in Washington DC.
Once you’ve been issued a federal authentication certificate from the United States Department of State on your documents you can then file for a legalization and attestation on the document at that countries U.S foreign embassy office in Washington D.C.
Or possibly at a branch consulate or consular office which are located all over the United States.
The third and final route is you or your company will have to go through all three government document filing levels to receive the proper state and federal authentication certificates and to document legalize all your documents.
State level (Secretary of State), federal level (U.S Department of State), and then the international level (U.S foreign embassy or consulate, consular, or consul office).