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If you’re an attorney, business person or individual, BlumbergExcelsior's state apostille service will obtain certification for international use for your or your client’s documents (birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate, school records, transcripts, diploma, power of attorney, articles of incorporation, articles of organization, etc.). Obtaining an apostille can be a complicated process, but when you use Blumberg’s apostille services, you can simplify the process and be confident that your documents will get certified. We have the experience working with the Secretary of State offices in getting apostilles and other documents.
What is an apostille?
An "apostille" (French: certification) is an international certification comparable to a notarization in domestic law. It specifies the way in which a document issued in one of the Apostille Treaty signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states.
This apostille only certifies the signature, the capacity of the signer and the seal or stamp it bears. It does not certify the content of the document for which it was issued. To be eligible for an apostille, a document must first be issued or certified by an officer recognized by the authority that will issue the apostille.
The Convention mentions four types of documents:
- Court documents
- Administrative documents (e.g. civil status documents)
- Notarial acts
- Official certificates which are placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity, such as official certificates recording the registration of a document or the fact that it was in existence on a certain date and official and notarial authentications of signatures.
Apostilles are affixed by Competent Authorities designated by the government of a signatory state. A designated authority might be an embassy, ministry, court or local governments. In the United States, the Secretary of State of each state and his or her deputies are usually competent authorities. A document with an Apostille does not require additional certification by the U.S. Department of State or legalization by a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas to be recognized in a participating country.