Apostille Power of Attorney POA

Do you need to apostille a Power of Attorney – POA?

A power of attorney signed and notarized in the State of California must also be apostilled through the California State office.  Our offices in California (San Francisco and Los Angeles) can expedite the processing of your documents the same-day.

If the country requesting your documents is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, then your documents will receive an apostille.  If the country is not a member, then your documents will receive a certificate.  Please note that countries who are not members also require additional steps to complete (Example: US Department of State certification and Embassy or Consulate legalization).

We recommend that a power of attorney be drafted by a professional from the country requesting it.  For example, if you need a power of attorney for Russia, we recommend that an attorney in Russia draft the power of attorney.  In the State of California, a document can be written in any language.  As long as the notary completed the notarization and adds correct notarial wording in English the State of California will apostille the documents.

We recommend that you contact us before mailing in your documents in order to avoid any delays or additional cost.

The very first step is to take your power of attorney to a local notary public.  The notary must notaries your documents and use proper California State notarial wording in English.  We can provide you samples of the notarial wording when you contact us.

Obtaining an apostille on your power of attorney can be complicated. 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.

Click to download our California Apostille order form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.

Apostille Power of Attorney

Do you need to provide a Power of Attorney to someone in another country to conduct business on your behalf?  Every month we apostille over 100 power of attorney documents.  There are over 100 countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.  The most common countries who request an apostille on a power of attorney are: Mexico, India, Spain, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, …

In the State of California, a Power of Attorney can be written in any language.  This means that you do not need to translate your documents to English.  It’s important that the notary notarizes the documents correctly in order to avoid any delays.  You can request the assistants of an attorney in the other country to help draft your power of attorney.  An ideal power of attorney will have both English and the other language on the document divided vertically through the center.

In order for the document to be accepted by the State of California, the notarial wording must be written in English and either be included at the end of the Power of Attorney or attached to the signed page (California Acknowledgment).  When choosing a notary, it’s important to find one with at least 3 years of experience and one who will follow the notarial laws of the State of California

About 60%-70% of notarized documents we receive at our office are rejected by the State of California.  Here is a list of common notarial mistakes:

1. The notary forgetting to write “Notary Public” after their name.
2. The notary forgetting to include their seal and signature.
3. Incorrect notarial wording on the page.
4. The signature of the signer is missing.
5. The signature of the notary doesn’t match.

The least experiences notaries are found at Banks and credit unions.  We recommend that you work with a notary who has at least 3 years of experience.  It’s important to let the notary know that the notarial seal, signature, and notarial wording will be authenticated by the California Secretary of State.  If their are any mistakes, the documents will need to be redone costing you time and money.

International Apostille Services, Inc. has California commissioned notaries on staff.  If you are in the general area, stop by our office for complimentary notarization of your documents (Los Angeles office).  We have offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco to serve you.

Click to download our California Apostille order form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.