Consulate Attestation

What does it mean to attest a document at a Consulate office?

Most countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention do not require Consulate attestation.  The exception to this rule is India, Spain, and Italy.  These three countries may require your documents to be legalized through the Consulate after the State has attached the apostille.  If you are sending in your documents to any of the three countries just mentioned, we recommend that you contact the Consulate once you receive your documents back from us.

International Apostille Services, Inc. can only assist you with the apostille service for countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.  For non-members, we can assist you with the entire legalization process (State, US Department of State, and Embassy or Consulate office).

For countries who not members of the Hague Apostille Convention, the process of authenticating documents is called “The Legalization Process”.  Depending on the State your documents originate from and the Country requesting your documents, your documents may require State, US Department of State, and Embassy or Consulate office.

For example, if you need to attest your California birth certificate for the UAE, your certificate will need to be certified by the State, US Department of State, and the UAE Embassy.  Effectively, this is known as the Legalization Process.

In order to determine what steps are required, we recommend that you contact our office.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday-Friday from 8am to 7pm.

The process of legalizing and attesting documents for another country can be confusing and time-consuming.  Many of our clients contact us after they have tried to legalize their own documents.  Clients who decide to start the process on their own usually find out that their documents were processed incorrectly.

Certifying and legalizing documents for another country can be challenging! Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the authentication process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you.

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