Apostille Frequently Asked Questions

An “Apostille” is a certificate of authentication that verifies the signature of a signed, notarized document. An apostille is necessary if the country in which the document is to be used is a participant in the Hague Convention.
Your FBI authentication letter cannot be more than three months old, otherwise, the U.S. Department of State will reject your letter. Additionally, most countries will also reject your letter if it’s three months old (up to six months old). In order to avoid any potential rejections, we recommend that you have your document authenticated with Apostille FBI Services as soon as you receive it. Once complete, forward it to the requesting country.
For an FBI background check to receive an apostille, it must be the original, blue-tinted document signed by the Section Chief of the FBI or the forwarded email from the FBI Channeler. The current, acting Chief is Kimberly J. Del Greco.
Click here for a list of the Hague Apostille member countries.