Q: What is an Apostille?
A: An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the signature of a public official on a document for use in another country.
Q: Who needs an Apostille?
A: Some events and activities that often require an Apostille:
Adopting Children Abroad
Q: What are some documents that need an Apostille?
A: Adoption documents
Copies of US Passports or Drivers Licenses
Powers of Attorney
Travel Consent Letters
Q: What is the process of obtaining an Apostille?
A: You will need to complete the Apostille Request Form, follow the instructions on the form – be sure that anything other than Vital Documents have the correct notarial certificate completed and attached. Once I receive the documents I will process it with the Secretary of States Office – this process should take less than 5 days depending on the day of the week received. Once completed I will return the Apostille using the shipping label that was provided.
Q: In which Countries does the Apostille Convention apply?
A: It only applies if both the country where the public document was issued and the country where the public document is to be used are parties to the Convention. To find more information about the Hague Convention go here.
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