Apostilles


An Apostille, (a-pos-TEE, French for certification), is a certificate that authenticates the signature of a document. 

Apostilles are issued by the Secretary of State of the state where the document originated. The Apostille verifies the authenticity of a public official’s signature and seal.
Depending on the destination country, a document that is intended for international use may need either an Apostille or Legalization.  Without these certifications, your document may not be recognized in a foreign country.

We work daily with various government agencies, many of the local consulates, as well as embassies in Washington DC. Managing these international documents can sometimes be complicated. Rather than spending valuable time dealing with various government agencies, we can ‘apostillize’ and/or legalize your documents on your behalf.

At Parris Mobile Notary we will help you accomplish your goals timely and efficiently, with care and the utmost professionalism. Depending on the state of origination of the document(s), we can often provide Apostilles within 24 to 48 hours after receipt of the original document. Only original documents can be apostilled.

In 1961 various countries entered the Hague Convention.   

  • If the COUNTRY OF DESTINATION is NOT a Member of the 1961 Hague Convention, Embassy Legalization must be obtained.   We refer to this as a “Non-Hague Countries”. 
  • If the COUNTRY OF DESTINATION IS a Hague Country, it will need to be notarized by the Secretary of the in which the document originated.  We refer to this as a “Hague Country”.
  • If the document is to be used in a Non-Hague country, a more complex process for legalization is required.  In those cases, after first being authenticated by the PA Department of State, the documents will require further processing at the federal level and/or may need to be presented to consulates and/or embassies.

For your convenience, below are links to Hague and Non-Hague countries.

Please note that this list changes as more countries join the Hague Convention and we often update the lists on our website.  

There are also situations where translation is required, and we have a staff of “certified translators” who can assist you.  

As the authentication legalization process varies from country to country, the time and cost of obtaining an authentication can differ. Please contact us at 860-729-4922 for more details and a quote or use the form below to submit your request.

Do you have multiple documents originating in Pennsylvania? Not a problem for Parris Mobile Notary. For a modest rush fee, your Pennsylvania Apostilles will be available within 24-48 hours after receipt of your original documents. Additionally, we can process apostilles from any state within the USA. We FedEx or UPS your documents anywhere in the world or have them delivered at your request to your home, office, or hotel.   Here's a list for Secretaries of States for your convenience.
Disclaimer: Parris Mobile Notary is not a law firm and cannot give legal advice. Only an attorney can give legal advice or counsel. Please contact the receiving party / destination country for specific questions regarding your document(s).

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Parris Mobile Notary is not an attorney or law firm and does not provide legal advice. Nothing in this information is intended nor should be considered legal advice. Each legal matter is unique and specific, as such Parris Mobile Notary encourages every individual and business to seek guidance from legal counsel concerning their specific legal matter. "I am not an attorney licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and may not give legal advice or accept fees for such legal advice."