A Comprehensive Guide: How to Apostille a Diploma

how to apostille a diploma

If you need a school diploma, here is the best apostille service to authorize your documents. The following documents are necessary (High School, College, University, Trade School, etc.) to attend a school in the USA or plan to work or study in another country. So, these documents need to be apostilled.

The country where you need to work or study, the registrar of that country will authenticate your documents from Your state. 

If the country is not a member, your documents may require further authentication through the U.S. Department of State in Oregon,  and legalization through the Embassy / Consulate office. Our Staff in D.C. can handle your Department of State and legalization requests quickly.

If the country where you plan to use your diploma is not a member of the Hague Convention, additional steps may be required to authenticate your documents internationally. Specifically, your apostilled diploma may need further certification from the U.S. Department of State in Oregon, and then legalization through the Embassy or Consulate of the country in question. 

 This can be done by utilizing an authentication service in Oregon to efficiently handle the Department of State and embassy legalization process without you having to do it in person. 

Let’s move further. Remember that you don’t need to worry about your documents; if they arrive at our office once, we will protect them even if you stay longer or not longer in the country.

Below, we will discuss further how to apostille a diploma, get a diploma notarized, and get a diploma apostilled.

How to apostille a diploma?

If you plan to use your diploma internationally, you must apostille it because authentication is required for other countries where you decide to go. An apostille is a type of authentication that allows documents to be recognized between countries that are members of the Hague Convention. Here is a step-by-step guide to how to get your diploma apostilled. 

Contact School Registrar:

First, you must contact the school registrar and officially say you need a diploma copy. And after you need to notify staff if the school doesn’t have it, you will contact the official to order the original diploma through mail or phone to speed up the process. 

Get the diploma notarized and apostilled:

Additionally, those who don’t have any diplomas can order a new diploma after getting their diploma notarized or certified by the university or school. The next step is to have it apostilled by the Secretary of State’s office.

For the fastest and most efficient processing, we advise you to send your notarized and certified diploma to our office, and we will submit it to the Secretary of State for the apostille on your behalf.

Additional Services:

In addition to assisting with the apostille process, our service provides helpful complementary services like getting your diploma notarized and certified copies made. Utilizing our notarization services and allowing us to handle making certified copies of your diploma streamlines the overall process significantly for you.

Degree Authentication in the USA:

Getting documents apostilled in the United States involves working with your state’s Secretary of State office. I recommend contacting your state’s Secretary of State office first to learn about their requirements for apostilling diplomas. 

 They may ask you to provide copies of your original diploma, valid I.D., and any notarized documents related to your diploma.  

This authentication by the Secretary of State verifies the legitimacy of your diploma for use internationally. By being organized and prepared with the necessary materials, you can make the apostille process straightforward in the U.S. through your state’s Secretary of State office.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What’s the purpose of diploma notarization?

Notarizing your diploma verifies the document’s authenticity and allows it to be apostilled. The notary’s stamp and signature confirm your diploma is genuine.

Can I apostille my diploma myself?

You can apostille a diploma through Pac Signign Notary, but using an authentication service expedites the process without you having to do it in person.

How long does the apostille process take?

Getting your diploma apostille takes 7-10 business days on average through a service, longer if you do it yourself. Time varies by state.

Is an apostille required for all countries?

No, only countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention require an apostille. Check if the country requires it.

Can I use my notarized diploma in my home country, too?

A notarized diploma can be used domestically, but getting it apostilled allows it to be recognized internationally.