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How to authenticate or apostille a Bank Statement?

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

A bank statement is an official summary of financial transactions occurring within a given period for each bank account held by a person or business with a financial institution. It is proof of your income and also shows the source of your funds.


A certificate of deposit could be a paper document that shows proof that a fixed amount of money is held in a bank for a fixed period of time.


You may be requested to provide a bank statement (or other bank documents) apostille for many reasons when you travel to countries outside of the U.S. for work, study, immigration, or investment purposes.


Depending on your bank, you can access your statement online, in-app, or through the mail. One of the simplest ways to notarize your bank statement is to find a notary is at your bank. Most banks have a notary on staff who can notarize the bank statement for free or charge a small fee.


A Bank Statement issued in the United States needs to be notarized and apostilled or authenticated before its use in other countries outside the United States.

  • If the destination country is a member of the Hague Convention of 1961, your document falls under the Apostille process (following Step 1-2);

  • If it's NOT a member of the Hague Convention of 1961, your document is required to go through the Authentication process (following Step 1-4).


Authentication or Apostille Process


Step 1: Contact your bank to get a bank statement and have it notarized


Step 2: Get it authenticated or apostilled by the Secretary of State


For Hague Convention Countries, get it certified with an apostille by the Secretary of State. For Bank Statement, it does not require additional certification by the U.S. Department of State or legalization by a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas to be recognized in a participating country. You are all set!



For Non-Hague Convention Countries, get it certified with authentication by the Secretary of State. Go to Step 3.


Step 3: Get it authenticated or apostilled by the Department of State


Have your Bank Statement authenticated by the U.S. Department of State.


Step 4: Get it legalized by the embassy of your destination country


Contact the embassy of your destination country to get the Bank Statementlegalized.



Apostille Process, Authentication Process, Legalization Process


 

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