Texans looking to have documents certified to be recognized in foreign countries may discover it isn’t always a straightforward process. For the 100+ countries that fall under the Hague Convention, Apostille certification is the standard. For others – including China – an Authentication Certificate is necessary.
If you’re looking for Apostille Certification in Houston, there are a few options to explore. Though driving all the way to Austin may not be ideal, having the office of the Secretary of State at the Texas State Capitol within a short drive is a luxury denied to residents of many states. State offices can certify documents like Rice University transcripts and marriage certificates, to name a few.
Those seeking a state-issued Apostille can choose to drive to Austin. However, you may choose to ship your documents. This will still take a few days you might not have to apply for a visa or renew a passport.
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Similarly, any federally issued documents like naturalization papers can only be given an Apostille at the US Department of State in Washington DC. While those seeking either type of Apostille can choose to mail in their documents or apply in person, driving to Austin (or DC) isn’t always practical.
When you’re looking for a locally sourced alternative, Travel Visa Pro’s offices in Houston offer all the services you need in one stop. Running across town or the state for passport photos, Apostille certification, and a work visa from a foreign consulate may not be the way you want to spend your time prior to a trip, whether for business or leisure. Travel Visa Pro’s team of travel experts have over forty years of experience getting our clients the travel documents they need in the time they need.
Apostille services, like any other form of bureaucracy, require specific paperwork in order to successfully authenticate any document. Just as with visa application, Apostilles may be rejected for missing information, resulting in trip delays. Because these documents are commonly used for business purposes, this can cost time and money applicants simply may not have.
As popular as Austin is, it holds only a fraction of the population of Texas. Houston residents aren’t very likely to drive over a hundred miles to the west or thousands of miles to the east coast for Apostille certification. Living far away from the services you need to travel – Department of State, Secretary of State, consulates, regional passport office – means having to ship documents with careful planning; before you send in your Apostille and passport to a consulate, you may need to apply for a passport renewal.
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 one location. Come to us with your visa and passport needs in Houston, and we’ll handle state and federal Apostille certification for you, whether you need certification for marriage certificates, business agreements, criminal background checks, or university transcripts.