Apostille and Consular Certification
Apostille – What is it?
Apostille is an international certification comparable to a notarization and is often added to documents that have been in some manner signed by a Notary, lawyer or other public official such as the clerk of a court of record in their official capacity.
It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory countries.
More technically, it is the name given to a unique regulation agreed to by some Hague Convention signatory countries that facilitates the reciprocal recognition of official documents.
Apostille Accepting Countries
Apostille – How to get it?
The short answer is Link Translations can get apostille certification for all the certified and notarized translations we perform for you.
If you intend to use your documents in another country, you have to make sure they are “authenticated” or “legalized”. Some countries have agreed to abide to a unique regulation (the Hague Convention) that facilitates the reciprocal recognition of official documents.
If the country where the document will be used is a party to the Hague Convention, your documents will need to have an Apostille Certification that we can obtain for you.
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What is a Consular Certification?
When the country issuing or receiving the document does not recognize an apostille (is not a signatory to the Hague convention), you must usually take the document to the consulate of the foreign country involved to certify it and this process is known as “consular certification”.
Consular certification has different rules based on the country involved and some are very tedious.
How to get a Consular Certification?
Any project manager at Link Translations would be glad to provide you a quote for consular certification, just contact us.
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Which Documents Require Certified and Notarized Translation?
Below is a list of documents that may need to be notarized and certified by a sworn translator.
Please contact us in order to inquire about your particular need if it is not in the below list.
- Contract translations
- Court and witness transcripts
- Deposition transcripts
- Legal certifications and statements
- Regulations and laws
- Government and legal ruling reports
- Patent and trademark filings
- Letters of credit
- Technical documents to support litigation efforts
- License translation
- Registration documents translation
- Expert reports translation
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificates
- Divorce certificates
- University degrees
- Medical reports