Apostille Document Authentication Services
Apostille Document Authentication Services – What is an Apostille?
When you are planning to move to or conduct business in a foreign country and are in need of presenting your legal documents outside of the United States of America, each document must go through a document authentication service or Apostille process. However, the process of receiving the verified stamp of approval from the US Government or Embassies can be rather complex and time consuming for most US citizens. Adding more confusing to this process is the fact that most people don’t know what an Apostille is – or why this process is imperative for verifying documents in the first place.
In order to simplify the process and provide answers to frequently asked questions about Apostille Document Authentication Services, here are a few answers to FAQ’s about the Apostille service and verification process (you can review our full FAQ page here, answering more questions about document authentication and Apostille services).
Question #1 – What is an Apostille?
An Apostille is a certification seal on a legal or personal document which permits any country to understand the information on said document regardless of the language they read or speak. This certification for documents was established via the 1961 Hague Convention in order to streamline the process of approving individuals to submit documents in foreign nations. The United States of America began to use of Apostille document authentication services in 1981. Apostille seals are provided on documents such as Diploma’s, Power of Attorney’s, Vital documents such as Marriage/Birth certificates and Federal Government issued documents such as Background checks, IRS documents, Naturalization certificates, etc.
Question #2 – What is the Purpose of the Apostille service?
The Apostille service is a service provided by our company where the document is certified with the Apostille seal from the respective government agency making your document eligible for submission in the intended country of use. An Apostille seal requirement eliminates the need to submit the document to the consulate of the intended country of submission. This process verifies the authenticity of the document, the signature of all parties, the purpose of the document and signature and identifies who verified the document from the seal or stamp which is applied to the verified document.
Question #3 – Who can issue Apostille Document Certification in the United States?
In the United States, the Apostille certification process is verified by the Secretary of State for Non Federal Government issued documents and/or the US Department of State for documents issued by US Federal Government agencies. Apostille document verification services can be completed by individual State Secretary of State offices – but in the case of Federal Government issued documents they are submitted to the Department of State office for certification.
Other individuals who can begin this process include county clerks, statewide officials and notary public officials.
As you can see, there are many reasons and steps to having official documents verified through the Apostille service process. It is due to this fact, that using a reliable company like ours to perform these important steps for you can save you time, money and stress.
Our US Document Authentication experts are at your disposal to guide you in determining the requirements and carrying out the process in the correct manner for your documents. USAuthentication.com has the ability to complete the entire Apostille or Authentication process including Embassy legalization for you in an expedited timeframe saving you the time to travel to Washington DC or mail the documents to US Department of State or foreign Consulates. The experts at US Authentication are familiar with the authentication or legalization process for corporate or personal documents and can assist you in getting your documents certified from start to finish.