What is an Apostille?
There are two types of authentication for foreign documents provided by the Secretary of State office: the documents can either be apostilled or certified. If your document is going to be used in a member-country of the Hague Apostille Convention, of which the United States is also a member, your document will be authenticated with an apostille. Only the countries-participants of the Hague Apostille Convention will accept a foreign document endorsed with an apostille by the Secretary of State. If you are going to a country that is not part of the Hague Apostille Convention, your document will require a Secretary of State certification.
Apostille on Driving Record Certification for Use Overseas
If you plan to drive in a foreign country while using a US-issued driver’s license, you may have to show that your license is valid for use internationally. Obtaining an apostille on your US driver’s license will serve as sufficient proof of your identity and your driving record for the countries-members of the Hague Apostille Convention.
Background Checks for Certifications/Apostilles
Obtaining citizenship in a foreign country always entails multiple documents that need to be authenticated. An apostilled Criminal Background Check is likely to be one of those documents. Although some countries have harsher requirements for the authentication process, most have similar procedures and prerequisites.
Apostille for Important Documents
Many types of documents can receive an apostille, including doctor or employer authorization, proof of residency, and other non-governmental papers. To become acceptable for apostille processing, these documents may require special certifications, such as notarization.
Foreign Qualifications Validation and Recognition
The United States does not have a designated authority to recognize foreign degrees and other types of academic and professional qualifications. Consequently, three entities are regarded as competent authorities for reviewing and recognition matters: 1. Schools and higher education institutions 2. Hiring employers 3. State and Regional licensing boards for regulated professions
U.S Legalization and Document Certification
Multichoice Apostille can get your important documents legalized, certified, or obtain an attestation. Our team offers years of experience in the legalization procedures and is available Monday through Friday to guide you through the process or answer any of your questions.
Certified Copy Apostille
If you require an apostille on a diploma or a degree, only a Principal or Registrar can officially sign and notarize your educational documents. A diploma is apostilled by a signature and notarization on a separate letter attached to an actual diploma. Both pages must bear the raised seal from the school issuing it. It is illegal for a notary to process a college degree with an apostille and a certified copy of an apostilled document.
Apostille on Corporate Documents when Doing Business Abroad
Companies that operate internationally are often required to certify important documents, including contracts, letters of incorporation, power of attorney, etc. for these documents to be legally accepted abroad. To speed up the process of signing documents and validating them for use abroad, corporate documents require an apostille. An apostille is needed for signing a lease agreement, opening bank accounts in a foreign country, etc.
Apostille for International Students
If you are an international student in America, you have plenty of things to worry about while adjusting to your new life and meeting your academic requirements. In addition to your classes, you have to overcome language and cultural barriers, get used to a new lifestyle, unfamiliar rules and laws, etc. And having to keep up with a lot of complicated paperwork required for enrollment and completing a US school on top of it all can be quite stressful.
Getting Married Abroad?
If you plan to get married abroad, your wedding plans should include researching and making a list of documents you need to have apostilled. Since every country has specific unique laws on entering into a marriage, a new bride and groom need to learn about all the document requirements to avoid any unpleasant surprises at this special event in their lives.