What does Apostile mean?

An Apostille (pronounced “ah-po-steel”) is a French word meaning certification.


What is an Apostile used for?

Individuals who travel abroad to live, work, or attend school may be asked to have documents Apostilled or Authenticated. An Apostille is a certificate issued by the Secretary of State that is attached to a document so that foreign countries will accept it as a valid and authentic document.


How do I know if I need an Apostile?

Depending on your destination, you may need an Apostile if you plan to live, work or attend school in a foreign country. A list of countries that require Apostilles can be provided by the US Department of State and is available upon request from Carolina Fingerprinting.

How do I obtain an Apostile?

As a US citizen, you can apply for an Apostile from the Secretary of State. However, many people find the process complicated, confusing, and time-consuming.


 You can let Carolina Fingerprinting do the heavy lifting for you. Rather than travel around or wait on hold for extended periods of time trying to figure out how to get this done, bring your documents to Carolina Fingerprinting and we’ll do all the legwork!

How long does this process take?

We can expedite this lengthy process and get you a complete Apostilled FBI Background Check in as little as seven business days!  Non-expedited options are available as well if you are not in a rush.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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