Afghanistan is NOT a participating member of the Hague Convention. Documents destined for use in Afghanistan require Embassy certification (legalization) from Afghanistan Embassy in Washington, DC to be valid for use there.
US Documents destined for use in Afghanistan requires the following Attestation:
- State certification (not an apostille) from the Secretary of State Office in the same State that issued the document. (This is not required for federal documents).
- U.S. Department of State authentication in Washington, DC.
- Afghanistan Embassy legalization from Afghanistan Embassy in Washington, DC.
Note: If you have a private, non-state issued document, it must be properly notarized and certified from the Secretary of State office where the notary is commissioned/licensed before you send us your document. Some states require a verification of the notary by another authority before getting the seal by the Secretary of State. State issued documents are: birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates and divorce decrees.
Document Legalization for Afghanistan
California Apostille provides authentication services from the U.S. Department of State and document legalization from Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC.
Please send your document to our partner office in Washington, DC:
1330 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
For the CA Secretary of State Apostille:
Some documents are issued by agencies of the state or private organizations. These documents bear the signature and/or the stamp of an elected or appointed official, such as: documents issued by California Corporation Division, the Health Department or Division of Motor Vehicles.
The document must be an original certificate or a certified copy. It CANNOT be notarized.
California Apostille will first certify the document by the CA Secretary of State office, then authenticate it by the U.S. Department of State, and finally legalize it by the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC.
If you have a document issued in any other state, be sure to have it certified first from that state’s Secretary of State and we will continue the process.
California most common types of Documents
Documents issued by private agencies in the State of California, such as: corporations, schools, vital records or archives can be apostilled. The document must be properly notarized by a California notary public before you request our services.
California Apostille will certify the document from the California Secretary of State Office in Los Angeles, authenticate it from the U.S. Department of State, and legalize it from the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC.
If you have a document issued in any other State, please make sure to notarize your document and certify it from your state’s local Secretary of State office and we will continue the process.
Federal Document Legalization for Afghanistan
Documents must be issued by one of the federal agencies in the united States such as: the FDA, the FBI, the USPTO, the IRS, the EPA, the Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security…etc.
The document must be the original and bear the embossed seal of the federal agency, or emailed to you and signed by the creator of the document.
Please Note: Federal issued documents CANNOT be certified from California SOS, the apostille stamp on the federal document must be obtained from the US Department of State in Washington, DC, Therefore, for expedited federal apostille service, please send your document(s) to our partner office “US Apostille” in Washington, DC. The address is:
US Apostille office
1330 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC. 20036 .
- The required certification for one document may vary from another. For example, A Power of Attorney requires state notarization while a Birth Certificate does not require any additional notarization. We recommend using the document review system to avoid any delays in your request.
- U.S. corporations may call us directly to expedite their request: (323) 977-4900
- Our prices do not include the shipping fees.
- Customers have to include their own return addressed and stamped envelope with their requests.
- Requests with no return envelope will be returned via US Postal Service.
- If you need international shipping, provide an international prepaid airway bill.