Bulgarian Dossier Instructions


How To Apostille Documents Through the Department of State?

The green documents are “green” because I want to help you group them together in the sense that they will all be going together to get an “Apostille” from the Department of State in VA. 

Because you live in Japan, I am assuming that a military notary will be the one notarizing your documents. 

Therefore, your documents will be getting apostilled by the Department of State, as opposed to the Secretary of State of any state. 

In order to get an Apostille for a document notarized by a military notary, you will send the docs to US Department of State at: 

Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
44132 Mercure Circle 
PO Box 1206
Sterling, VA 20166-1206

DOS Charges $8 per Apostille

202-485-8000 – please call to verify nothing has changed, or to ask what kind of Covid delays you can expect, if any. 

Note from the Department about Mail:

“We do NOT accept FedEx as return mail. All express mail air bill labels sent to the Office of Authentications for the use of returning documents must reflect the customer’s mailing address as both the sender and recipient.

Click below to get the form you’ll need as a “cover letter” to request an Apostille from the Department 



Now, keep in mind, just because all the “green” documents will go together, that does not mean that they are all prepared in the same way.  On the contrary there are quite a few differences in the steps you have to take with each in order to get them eligible for an apostille.  

One quick example is the Medical form.  It is signed by your doctor, and a notary notarizes his/her signature.  So you don’t have to do much but send it.  However, your passports are something you make copies of and implement the affidavit/oath legalization before sending it – so you have more work there.  

Different forms will need different things done to them.  So please make sure to take the time and read the individual steps within each different document.  For some that I though were more challenging to prepare, there are videos of me explaining things.  Hope that helps.  

At the end of the day, remember, I am here to help, so if somethings isn’t clear – pick up the phone and call me! 704 527 7673. Or text, or skype me, or email me.

Lets do this thing!

(Below is an FAQ directly from DOS, if you’d like to check it out – but you don’t have to, and we always link to our Bulgaria page – as it is always changing with its new blogs and adoption stories)