Frequently Asked Questions
An Apostille is a document attached to your document that signifies that is ready to be presented to any country that accepts Apostille. It’s an authentication of a public document issued pursuant to the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.
The Apostille ensures that public documents issued in one country will be recognized as valid in another country as long as that country is part of the Hague. Click here for a list of countries that will accept Apostille. If your country is not on this list, then you will likely need legalization or attestation.
An Apostille is required for legal transactions where a document from one country must be presented in another as part of a legal process. Most often this will involve business transactions but is becoming more common for property dealings and to settle the estate of a deceased person with assets overseas. Some of the most common documents requiring legalization with an Apostille certificate are Power of Attorney, Passports, Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates. The requirement of an Apostille protects you, as a Notary Public will verify you as the signer, which both deters fraud and the potential risk of being defrauded.
Due to the complexity of handling varying documents Near Me Apostille serves you to arrange the Apostille Certificate of your behalf. It is not just a case of supplying the original document and the Apostille Certificate gets issued but rather a document is handled dependent on what signatures or seals of authority it contains, country of intended use etc. Many documents will require additional certification prior to the issue of the Apostille Certificate. Near Me Apostille can provide advice on this and deal with any additional certification required on your behalf. Utilizing our service has many benefits, one of which is speed of service; the second is to ensure your document is issued with the Apostille Certificate on the first attempt.
No. We are a private business registered in the United States. We do work closely with these entities to facilitate the certification process.
No. We process U.S. documents only. If the document is notarized in the U.S. then it is a U.S. document even if it was written abroad.
You can email a scan for verification purposes only. Vital documents such as birth, death, marriage, and divorce documents must be original and recently issued. You may be able to order a new document at www.vitalchek.com. All notarized documents must also be original.
We cannot order vital documents such as birth and death certificates. They must be obtained according to the law. You can order most documents online from www.vitalchek.com. We can order marriage and corporate documents for some states.
We do provide the Apostille for these documents but not the FBI background checks themselves. Click here to find a list of approved FBI Channelers to assist in that process. Give them our address for Apostille or order a digital copy and email it. They may provide another Apostille service, however, we will likely give you the best price and service.
Keep in mind all Federal Apostille process times have improved and are taking approximately one month. There are no rush options currently available. When they become available, we will offer rush services.
Yes, we use FedEx, UPS, and DHL. Please email us the name, address, and telephone of where we are sending the documents for an accurate shipping quote.
Head to the U.S. Embassy in the country you are in and have the U.S. Consulate notarize. Send the original signed and stamped document to us for Apostille. Due to the pandemic, some states have allowed their notaries to use webcam notarizations. Florida and Michigan are the only states that will authenticate an electronic notarization.
The following countries require embassy legalization: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, China – People’s Republic, Comoros, Congo – Dem. Rep., Congo – Rep. Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, East Timor, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea – Bissau, Guinea – Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar/Burma, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Chile, China (Hong Kong), China (Macao), Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue (Cook Islands), Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
Yes, we can help you obtain an Apostille for all 50 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin & Wyoming.