In the US, an apostille is an extra page attached to the document you are trying to identify. The main purpose of an apostille it to validate the authority and the capacity of the official who signed the document. It was established by the Hague Convention in 1961. Why might you need one? Whenever you will have to use an official document issued by the US in a foreign country, you will have to get the document apostilled or authenticated.
Without an apostille, there is no way to prove the document in your possession is in fact an official document. If your country is not part of the Apostille Convention, you must allow a chain of authentication procedure to take place.
So how does one obtain an apostille? There are several ways. First of all, you can always do it yourself. To get an apostille on your own, you will have to determine where your document was issued, contact the relevant authority responsible for issuing apostilles, verify that your document is eligible, and then follow the procedures laid out by your state or federal government.
Another option is to hire a professional apostille services agency. There are many agencies you can find on the web by doing a simple Google search. In general, many agencies offer the same or similar services for differing fees. So why should you use a third-party agency instead of doing it yourself?
Apostille World has been specializing in document processing and authentication for many years. They have developed a network of government agencies in virtually every US state. This ensures that your document is handled correctly and given priority over other documents. The firm only uses a reliable courier service to move your document from one place to another while your document is in process.
If you are not sure if you need an apostille or embassy legalization or for a free consultation – call Apostille World at 212-939-6426.