Getting an Apostille: Certifying Your Important Documents

Posted by Daniel Lawrence on January, 2019

When it comes to certifying important documents, you need an apostille to prove your document is authentic.

An apostille is an absolute must when verifying an official document for use in another country. For example, if an American company opens a bank account abroad or if a company abroad demands proof of existence for an American company, both would need an apostille on their documents. Here are a few details on how to approach getting your apostille from the Secretary of State.

Obtain the Apostille from the Right Jurisdiction

You can get an apostille for any of the countries that signed the 1961 Hague Convention, which eliminats the need to legalize foreign public documents, placing it all under one law. The traditional method for authenticating public documents to be used abroad is called legalization and consists of a chain of certification of the document.

How Do You Get an Apostille?

First, you will need to search the Secretary of State’s requirements, the cost, and additional information. Some states may require a new document certified copy, or notarization. Once you have obtained the correct document, you will then, mail it to the Secretary of State of the state in which the document was executed. The Secretary of State will issue an Apostille certificate to your document

Getting an apostille is a complex but necessary process. It involves a few steps, namely, obtaining the correct document and mailing it to the Secretary of State of your state. Once you get your apostille, your business venture or other enterprise will be all set.

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