Why Do I need an Apostille?

California ApostilleIf you plan to live, work, teach, conduct personal or professional business in another country who is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, you will be asked to have your documents authenticated by the California Secretary of State (Apostille) or the State which issued your documents.

We Apostille documents for all 50 US States including the District of Columbia (DC) and the Federal Government Apostille (DC).

This authentication process ensures that the signature on the document is authenticate and on file with the Secretary of State.  Some documents will require notarization prior to an Apostille.  These documents include: Power of Attorney, Affidavit, Copy of Driver License, Diploma, Transcripts, and Copy of Passport.  Please contact us so we can help you with your documents.

A common question we’re asked is, “Why do I need an Apostille?”

Most people who contact us have never heard of the word “Apostille” until the country requesting your documents asks for one to be placed on your documents.  An Apostille is a document issued by the Secretary of State which is attached to the original or a certified copy of the original.  This helps ensure that the signature on your documents are authentic so the other country will accept them.

Countries who are not members of the Hague Apostille Convention will request your documents to be certified by the Secretary of State.  Depending on the country, your document may also require Consul / Embassy Legalization.  Please keep in mind the country which is requesting your documents dictates if your document will receive an Apostille or Certification.  Hague Apostille Member Countries receive an Apostille.

The requesting country will provide you information on what document is being requested and what authentication steps you should take.   If you are unsure, please Contact Us and let us know how we can help or help clarify the process.  Thank you.

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