Legalization of Documents Los Angeles

Los Angeles Apostille

Documents which have been notarized by a notary public, and certain other documents must be “legalized” if they are intended to be used in other countries.

In 1961 many nations joined together to create a simplified method of “legalizing” documents for universal recognition. Members of the conference, referred to as the Hague Convention, adopted a document referred to as an Apostille that would be recognized by all member nations.
Documents sent to member nations, completed with an Apostille at the state level, may be submitted directly to the member nation without further action.

Documents sent to non-member nations requiring a Certification of the signature of the state’s public official at the state level, then must be transmitted to the Authentication Office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. for the Authentication of the State Official’s signature.

Since October 15, 1981, the United States has been part of the 1961 Hague Convention, abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined the convention. With this certification by the Hague Convention apostille, the document is entitled to recognition in the country of intended use, and no certification by the Authentications Office or legalization by the embassy or consulate of the foreign country where the document is to be used is required. The Authentications Office only certify to documents from other federal agencies and officials from foreign governments with the apostille.

In countries which are not signatories to the 1961 convention and do not recognize the apostille, a foreign public document must be legalized by a consular officer of the country from which the document is issued.

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To determine whether you need an apostille, check if your desired country is listed in the Hague Convention. To do this,CLICK THIS LINK.


Apostilles are applicable to notarized documents within the state of California, such as powers of attorney (apostille on a power of attorney), statements (apostille on a statement), consents (apostille on a consent), document copies (apostille on document copies), and so on


An apostille stamp can be affixed to official records of civil status of the state, such as a birth certificate (apostille on a birth certificate), marriage certificate (apostille on a marriage certificate), death certificate (apostille on a death certificate), and so on/p>


The apostille form of the state can also be attached to any type of education documents obtained within the state, such as a diploma (apostille on a diploma), certificate (apostille on a certificate), testimony (apostille on testimony), and so on.


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