What is the U.S Department Of State Apostille?
A “US. Department Of State apostille” is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. Our Company can help you notarize and an authenticate is issued as an attachment and will validate the authenticity of your document to the foreign entity you are required to present your document to. Our Company offers standard and expedited apostille services to our Massachusetts, New Hampshire Clients, and the rest of the United States Of America.
Obtaining an Apostille or Embassy Legalization
Apostilization of your documents can be a time-consuming process. You will need to obtain an original, certified copy of the document you are required to apostille. Once obtained, the original document will have to be submitted to the issuing office of authentications, such as the Secretary of State or the US State Dept, for apostille. The biggest challenge in the apostille process is the unique document and Secretary of State or State Dept requirements one must meet before the document is valid for apostille. We will prepare, file, and obtain your apostille documents on your behalf in the most convenient and professional manner.
The documents we can obtain a State Department apostille on such as college diplomas, birth certificates, FBI reports, transcripts, marriage certificates, death certificates, FBI background reports, social security letters, company bylaws, powers of attorney agreements, trademarks, university diplomas, school, and court transcripts, warrants, extraditions, agreements, certificates of good standing and much more! We also offer certified apostille translation services for over 25 languages. There is no need for you to coordinate with an outside translation company for your foreign language documents. If you need to apostille a document, you can be confident knowing that we will handle the entire process for you from start to finish and offer some of the lowest rates in the Lowell MA area.
What Is Included In The Apostille
The appearance of the apostille will vary from one country to the other, but each will include much of the following information:
- The issuing country of origin.
- Name and title of the public official signing attached document.
- the seal or stamp of the issuing office of the attached document.
- the office that issued the document.
- the date the apostille is issued.
- the name of the person issuing the document.
- the certificate number of the document.
- the seal or stamp of the issuing office.
- The signature of the person issuing the apostille.
Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, court orders, or any other document issued by a federal agency or certified by an American or foreign consul. An apostille certifies the document(s), so the document can be recognized in foreign countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty. We only issue apostilles for federal documents to use in countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention.
Before submitting documents requiring authentication, you must:
Notarize each document in front of a notary public:
- For notaries public commissioned through the county: Documents must first be certified by the clerk of court in the county where the notary is commissioned, and then certified by the secretary of state in the state where the document was notarized.
- For notaries public commissioned through the state: Documents must only be certified by the secretary of state in the state where the document was notarized.
- U.S. federal official
- U.S. consular officer
- A military notary, judge advocate (10 USC 1044a), or a foreign consul diplomatic official registered with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Protocol.Federally issued documents for use in countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention may need to be authenticated with an apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State. Documents signed by the following officials require an apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State:
Note: All certifications must include a legible signature of the official’s name, title, and seal of the agency.
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