Do I need an Apostille?

Do I need an Apostille

Have you been told you need an Apostille? If you plan to live, work, travel, get married in,  sell a home, buy a home, conduct business, etc… you will be asked to Apostille your documents for acceptance in the other country.  Countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention will require you to authenticate your legal documents prior to being sent to them.

Documents mailed without an Apostille will be rejected by countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.  If the country is not a member, a certificate will be attached by the Secretary of State.  In the United States, every States’ Secretary of State can issue an Apostille and a Certificate.  The Secretary of the District of Columbia issues Apostilles for documents originating in the DC area.

The U.S. Department of State also issued Apostilles.  These documents are typically issued by the Federal Government (Example: FBI Apostille, Certification of Naturalization, FDA Documents).  Countries who are not members of the Hague Apostille convention may also request that your documents to be authenticated by the US Department of State prior to Embassy / Consul legalization.

Common documents we Apostille are: Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Divorce Decree, Single Status Affidavit, Power of Attorney, and more.

It’s important to provide the receiving country the requested documents in order to avoid any delays.  Some documents can take a few weeks to complete.  For example, documents authenticated by the US Department of State can take up to eight business days to complete.

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