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Current Apostille Processing Times


Processing times for apostille, authentication, and legalization may vary based on:

  • your document type

  • the government agencies' workload

  • how long you take to respond to any request or concerns

Your processing time starts the day we receive both your payment and documents. The time frame below is a good faith estimate based on our recent experience and is subject to change. This page will be updated regularly once any changes happen.

Please arrange in advance and do not make decisions by the estimated processing time we provided, especially if you have a very tight and important schedule that cannot tolerate delays. The processing time is dynamic and once we submit your case to the government office, they have the final say.

In addition, please expect delays during the last three weeks of December and the first week of January (Holiday Season), the summer season, and when a government shutdown occurs.

Apostille Time Frame for US Federal Agencies

Apostille Time Frame for 50 States and DC

Time Frame for Embassy Legalization

If you don't see the destination country of your document in the list below, it simply means that country is a Hague Apostille Country and your document does not need to get embassy legalization.

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👉 For State and Local Documents or Documents signed by a notary,

👉 For Federally-issued Documents* and documents notarized by a U.S. Consular Officer,

⚠️ *Documents issued from US Federal Court, or District Court may need additional certification from the U.S. Department of Justice before sending them to the U.S. Department of State.

The apostille and authentication process can be complicated, time-consuming, and distracting that requires expertise and experience. So just leave it to us! Our experts can provide you with a full range of fast services that allow you to save time and focus on your own careers and key areas.

If you are not sure which kind of apostille service you should choose, please refer to this guide. Or, contact us by describing ① the type of the document, ② which state the doc is from, and ③ in which country the doc will be used, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


American Notary Service Center Inc. provides fair, fast, confidential, and professional document notarization and certification services for our clients. We also provide various assistance services to small businesses led by socially and economically disadvantaged groups. Our service helps small businesses obtain federal government contracts, gain a foothold in the market, and boost their sales. For more information, please visit our website at, and contact us by calling 202-599-0777 or by email at


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