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Making a document issued from one country valid for legal purposes in other countries is called authentication and legalization. Authentication proves that the signature and the seal on the document are genuine and it makes the document effective, valid, and recognized in another country.


The documents issued in the U.S. and intended for use in these non-Hague Apostille countries will be required to complete the authentication process, which may involve multiple steps and several government agencies.

No matter whether it's a document notarized by a local notary, a local and state document issued by the court or official department, or it's a federally-issued document, they all need to be authenticated prior to using it overseas. The specific government agencies involved in the authentication vary by document type. These documents include, but are not limited to:​

  • Birth Certificate

  • Death Certificate

  • Marriage Certificate

  • Divorce Certificate

  • Court Document

  • FBI – Background check

  • Background check of the local police department

  • U.S. Residence Certificate/Affidavit

  • Name Change Certificate/Petition for Name Change

  • Driver's License

  • Certificate of Naturalization

  • Any Translated Document

  • IRS Form-6166

  • Single Status Affidavit

  • Affidavit of One and The Same

  • Gift Affidavit

  • Waiver of Inheritance

  • Power of Attorney of Real Estate Transaction

  • Power of Attorney of Divorce Proceedings

  • Other Powers of Attorney

  • Proof of Income

  • Employment Verification Letter

  • Bank Statement

  • Diploma

  • Transcript

  • Health Certificate/Medical Letter

  • Home Study

  • Child Adoption Documents

  • Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization

  • Amendment

  • Company's Annual report (Statement of information)

  • Bylaws (Operating Agreements)

  • Good Standing Certificate

  • Business License

  • Meeting Minutes

  • Board Resolutions

  • Shareholders' Resolutions

  • Corporate Stock Ledger

  • Financial documents

  • Bank documents

  • Tax documents

  • Contracts


Embassy/Consulate Legalization Process


1. Order the service

👉 Authentication process for notarized or local and state documents:

  1. Secretary of State Authentication

  2. the U.S. Department of State Authentication

  3. the Embassy Legalization


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👉 Authentication process for federally-issued documents:

  1. the U.S. Department of State Authentication

  2. the Embassy Legalization


Order 🛎 the 2-Step Authentication Service Package

2. Mail us your original notarized documents or original certified copies.


Mailing Address:

American Notary Service Center

7512 Diplomat Drive, Suite 101,

Manassas, VA 20109


The authentication process can be complicated, time-consuming, and distracting that requires expertise and experience. Inappropriate documentation may result in subsequent authentication requests being rejected, and you will have to start over, costing your time and money. So just leave it to us! Our experts can provide you with a full range of fast services that allow you to save time and focus on your own careers and key areas.

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