Anytime you need to submit official documents for use in foreign countries, it oftentimes requires that you have these documents verified here in the US before sending them or taking them to other countries. In the U.S., offices of county clerks, secretaries of state or equivalent state filing offices, and even some courts, may be involved in the certification process. The whole process may include Notarization, Secretary of State Apostille/Authentication, Department of State Apostille/Authentication, and Embassy/Consulate Legalization.
Notarization is the official fraud-deterrent process that assures the parties of a transaction that a document is authentic and can be trusted. It is a three-part process, performed by a Notary Public, that includes vetting, certifying and record-keeping. notarization is the assurance by a duly appointed and impartial Notary Public that a document is authentic, that its signature is genuine, and that its signer acted without duress or intimidation, and intended the terms of the document to be in full force and effect.
Apostille and Authentication
Apostilles and authentication certificates validate the seal and signature of a Notary on a document so that it can be accepted in a foreign country.
Apostille: An Apostille is simply the name for a specialized certificate, issued by the Secretary of State or the Department of State. The Apostille is attached to your original document to verify it is legitimate and authentic so it will be accepted in one of the other countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.
Authentication: Documents certified by the State and destined for countries who are not members of the Hague Apostille Convention require State authentication, U.S. Department of State authentication, and Embassy or Consulate legalization. Also, documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government can only be processed through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. before being presented to the Embassy or Consulate office for legalization. The requirements and processing time for authentication certificates will vary from country to country.
Once your documents have been authenticated at the State level, the next step is to have your documents certified at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. The federal-issued documents (such as FBI – Background check, Certificate of Pharmaceutical/Export, Trademark, etc.) and documents issued by the District of Columbia do not need apostille or authentication of the Secretary of State. They may directly be sent to the office of the Department of State.
Embassy or Consulate Legalization
Once your documents have been authenticated at the State level or at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., the next step is to have your documents legalized at Consulate or Embassy.
All documents in a foreign language must include a certified or notarized English translation.
Personal documents we provide notarization and authentication services include：
➤ Government Issued Documents:
▪ Birth Certificate
▪ Death Certificate
▪ Marriage Certificate
▪ Divorce Certificate
▪ Life Certificate
▪ Court Decisions
▪ FBI – Background check
▪ Background check of the local police department
▪ Overseas Resident Certificate
▪ Name Change Certificate
▪ Driver's License
▪ Single Status Affidavit
▪ Gift Affidavit
▪ Waiver of Inheritance
▪ Power of Attorney of Real Estate Transaction
▪ Power of Attorney of Divorce Proceedings
▪ Other Power of Attorney
➤ Study and Immigration related documents:
▪ Income Verification
▪ Employment Certificate
▪ Bank Savings Statement
▪ Health Certificate
▪ Family Circumstances Statement
▪ Child Adoption Documents
▪ Certifying “true copies” of documents
▪ Certifying affidavits or depositions
▪ Taking acknowledgments
▪ Verification of fact