Texans have major international services scattered across the state: the airport is in Dallas, the consulates are in Houston, and the certifications are in Austin. Residents of Dallas looking to have documents certified to be recognized in foreign countries may discover it isn’t always a straightforward process. Countries that fall under the Hague Convention require an Apostille from the Secretary of State in Austin. Others need an Authentication Certificate to be recognized outside the US.
There are a few ways to go about getting Apostille Certification in Dallas, but unfortunately most of them involve sending your documents through to Austin or visiting in person. Though driving to Austin may not be impossible for a day trip, planning your Apostille certification around several hours of driving – possibly including a stop in Houston for a visa application – is an unnecessary inconvenience before a big trip.
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State offices like the one in Austin can certify state-issued documents like UTD transcripts and marriage certificates. Although applying in person is guaranteed to get the fastest results, applications for Apostilles are accepted by mail. Sending and returning these documents may still take a few days you might not have to apply for a visa or renew a passport.
Any federally-issued documents like criminal background checks can only be issued an Apostille in Washington DC at the US State Department. If driving four hours to Austin wasn’t practical, planning a road trip to DC is even less so. Again, applications can be accepted through the mail, but the wait time is subject to any backlog.
When you need to avoid this kind of stress in getting an Apostille for any reason – e.g. a work visa application – Travel Visa Pro’s Dallas offices offer everything you’ll need in one place. Driving across the state for passport photos, Apostille certification, and appointments at foreign consulates shouldn’t even be considered when there’s a TVP nearby. Our team of travel experts have over forty years’ experience getting our clients the travel documents they need well in advance of their departure.
If you’ve ever had trouble deciphering your tax return or any government-issued application form, don’t let your uncertainty over an Apostille lead to a delayed or cancelled trip. Apostille certification, like any other government service, requires specific information for each document to be authenticated correctly; forms may be rejected for anything missing, most likely resulting in lost time and money applicants simply may not have.
Travel Visa Pro’s travel experts can significantly cut down on the time at every step of this application process by offering all the travel services you need in Dallas – no long drives or waiting on the mail to arrive. Come to us with your visa and passport needs in Dallas, and we’ll handle state and federal Apostille certification for you, whether you need certification for criminal background checks, university diplomas, or naturalization papers.