A recent article in the LA Times stressed the challenges many parents and their children face by leaving the U.S. in order to keep their families together in Mexico. If your child was born in America and attended school, the officials in Mexico will request a birth certificate, school diploma and/or transcripts to be authenticated with an apostille stamp.
We can obtain an apostille on your documents even if you have left the United States. Depending on your circumstances, you may either need to order a new certified copy of the birth certificate or we may be able to use the one you have now. Ordering a new certificate would depend on the State that issued the certificate and the date the document was issued. For example, birth certificates issued from the State of Virginia needs to be issued within the past 12 months in order to receive an apostille.
In most cases, the birth certificate you currently have will be sufficient enough for the State apostille and acceptance into the country of Mexico. Mexico typically does not place restrictions on when the birth certificate should be issued. We have apostilled birth certificates over 25 years old without any issues. You may want to double check with the requesting party if they have set any time restrictions for the birth certificate, diploma, and/or transcripts.
In order for the diploma and/or transcripts to receive an apostille, it must be notarized by the school registrar and a notary public. We have provided step-by-step instructions here: How to Apostille a School Diploma. It’s very important to find a notary who has experience and one who will follow the laws of the state. If the notary makes a mistake, your documents will be rejected costing you time and money. We also assess a fee if your documents are rejected for improper notarization.
In some states, we can apostille your diploma and transcripts without the need to contact the school registrar or a notary. We are also able to provide fast same-day processing and international shipping to Mexico.
Apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Nevada Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you.
Click to download our International Apostille Order Form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.