Legalization and Certification
Certification of Authority
Notary & Apostille Service is your document Legalization or Certification Service. We can get your documents or affidavits legalized or certified locally from Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, New York City, (NYC) Manhattan or on Long Island (LI).
Also we can also get you document legalized, certified or Apostille from any other state such as Alabama, AL, Alaska, AK, Arizona, AZ, Arkansas, AR, California, CA, Colorado, CO, Connecticut, CT, Delaware, DE, Florida, FL, Georgia, GA, Hawaii, HI, Idaho, ID, Illinois, IL, Indiana, IN, Iowa, IA, Kansas, KS, Kentucky, KY, Louisiana, LA, Maine, ME, Maryland, MD, Massachusetts, MA, Michigan, MI, Minnesota, MN, Mississippi, MS, Missouri, MO, Montana, MT, Nebraska, NE, Nevada, NV, New Hampshire, NH, New Jersey, NJ, New Mexico, NM, New York, NY, North Carolina, NC, North Dakota, ND, Ohio, OH, Oklahoma, OK, Oregon, OR, Pennsylvania, PA Rhode Island, RI, South Carolina, SC, South Dakota, SD, Tennessee, TN, Texas, TX, Utah, UT, Vermont, VT, Virginia, VA, Washington, WA, West Virginia, WV, Wisconsin, WI, Wyoming, WY.
Documents issued in one country which need to be used in another country must be "authenticated", "legalized" or "certified" before they can be recognized as valid in the foreign country. This is a process in which various seals or stamps are placed on the document.
The sole function of the legalization is to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document; the capacity in which the person signing the document acted; and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document.
The Non Hague Countries
The following countries are not part of the Hague Convention therefore documents being sent to these countries must be legalized or certified via their embassy or consulate office of that country.
Embassy Legalization takes much longer to process than an Apostille and tends be more expensive. Some embassy/consular offices charge as little as $1.00 or as much as $600.00 per document.
Not all Embassies are located in New York City. If they are not located in NYC they will require special courier service in Washington, DC to complete the legalization if you want your document back within a few days. Other arrangements can be made if you do not require this expedited service. Each document is different. Each embassy has it's set time to process your document, and may require additional time for traveling between locations to get the document legalized.
The US Department of State Authentication of documents takes approximately 20 business days to process from the time of receipt. Because the US Post service is screening all mail it could delay the process even more.
If you are in a rush for your documents I strongly recommend you use our Expedited service to & from Washington DC . By using this method it will only take 4 business day for the US Department of State and whatever time the embassy requires for their work to be processed.
Notary & Apostille Service can do everything from start to finish to assist you in getting your document Legalized for an Apostile or Embassy Legalization!
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