If you’re an immigrant or have tried to live out of the country, you may have been told that you need an Apostille for your legal documents.
But what is it?
An Apostille is a certificate that attaches to your legal document, verifying and authenticating that the document is authentic.
You may have been told to get an Apostille for your documents by an official in another country . That’s because Apostilles are used when public documents need to be produced abroad. If you have been told that you need an Apostille, it is because your documents require another level of verification to become valid for use in another country.
Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, notarial certificates, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority. With an Apostille, those documents can be recognized by foreign authorities.
The Apostille itself is a full page certificate. It is permanently attached to a notarized or certified document (removing the staple or clasp is legally forbidden).
There are many situations where an Apostille is needed. Some of the most common examples include: international marriages, applications for studies, residency or citizenship in a foreign state, international relocation, inter-country adoption procedures, international business transactions and foreign investment procedures, enforcement of intellectual property rights abroad, foreign legal proceedings, and more.
As a result, several million Apostilles are issued around the world every year.
Step – 1) Notarization
Your official document should first be taken to a certified notary public. Notarization of your document reduces the chance of fraud. It also let’s the receiver of your document know that it is valid and can be trusted.
Step – 2) County Clerk Authentication
After your document is notarized by a notary public, it must be authenticated in the same county the notary is registered to notarize documents in.
Step – 3) Department of State Apostille
The third step in the process is the issuance of the Apostille or certificate of authentication by the Florida State Department of State. An application form must be completed. The documents in question, properly authenticated, must be attached and a fee paid.
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Florida Mobile Notary Service is able to handle the entire apostille process for you. Because of our relationships, we are able to get the entire process completed and your document returned to you within 1-2 business days.
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Our goal is to help you easily navigate the New York Apostille process quickly and easily, without wasting your time traveling back and forth to government buildings and dealing with bureaucratic red tape.
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