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Apostille Service - Helpful Tips for Finding a Reliable Company to Obtain on Your Behalf
Unless you live in Washington DC, the process of obtaining Apostilles can be very expensive and time consuming. But, if you are planning to travel abroad either on personal or business time, it is beneficial to have important documents verified through the Apostille verification/Authentication process to be carried out by US Authentication Services.
Many world travelers are quite familiar with the Apostille service, which stems from The Hague Conference of 1961 as a measure of streamlining the document verification process for countries who speak other languages than English. This important verification process begins with the Department of State for participating countries, such as the United States since 1981.
Here are a few helpful tips for making sure you understand what documents need to be certified and the process for getting this service completed by working with a licensed company who can submit these documents to the Department of State on your behalf.
Tip #1 – Know which documents need to be certified
The first tip we can suggest is to understand which documents you might have that need to be verified by the United States Department of State or the Secretary of State for business or personal reasons. Some of these documents include:
- Documents that are issued by US Federal Government Agencies, State Agencies, County Agencies or Local Agencies
- Any commercial documentation for business including partnership agreements, articles of association, corporate meeting notes or any commercial documentation that will be used for international business
- Any official documents including birth/marriage certificates, school transcripts or diplomas
- All FBI background check or local police background check documents which are used for any business or personal use outside the borders of the United States
Tip #2 – Make sure you know whether you need US Authentication or Apostille services
Currently there are 97 countries that require the Apostille service in accordance to guidelines set by The Hague Convention of 1961. This process will be adhered to with all official documents including birth or death certificates, school transcripts, court documents or divorce decrees and other local, state or federal court issued documents.
The Department of State Authentication process for non-Apostille countries is conducted by the US Department of State as well. There are 81 countries that do not subscribe to The Hague Apostille service, but still need to have official documents certified in order to be used in those countries. For a detailed list of countries and whether they require US Authentication service or Apostille service, visit our list of Countries that require Apostille or Authentication.
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