Document Authentication is needed when a US-based document must be used for a process in a foreign country which is NOT a party to the Hague Convention establishing standards for document authentication. For example, if you decide to move abroad and live in China... may be asked to provide your original Birth Certificate during the Residence Permit process. However, the China government authorities do not recognize a birth certificate issued by a state in the USA. So you might need to go through the Authentication process to certify that the birth certificate is valid and legitimate. We can walk you through this process step by step or complete it on your behalf. Contact us for more information!Government fees and shipping costs (if applicable) are billed separately.