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WHAT IS DOCUMENT AUTHENTICATION?
Document Authentication is a verification of the genuineness of a document or signature, to make it effective or valid for use in other countries. It usually takes the form of a sealed or stamped certificate that confirms the authority of a public official (such as judge or a notary public) or of a signatory.
WHAT ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF AUTHENTICATIONS?
1. APOSTILLES are issued for documents that will be used in foreign countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty. Secretary of State Apostille will be issued for all state-issued documents (Birth/Marriage/Death certificates, Certificates of Good Standing, etc) and for all notarized documents. Federally issued documents (FBI background checks, Certificates to Foreign Government, etc) will have a Apostille issued through the US Department of State.
2. AUTHENTICATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS are used for documents that will be used in foreign countries that are NOT members of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty. There is a three step process of authentication of state-issued or notarized documents: US Secretary of State, US State Department & Embassy of the country of destination. Federally-issued documents only require US State Department and Embassy seals.
WHY CHOOSE PASSPORT PLUS VISAS SERVICE?
Passport Plus Visas (PPV) provides expedited authentication by the US Secretaries of State, US State Department and the legalization by the consulates/embassies. Our services are available to businesses & individuals located in the US on all documents that will be used in other countries. Our experienced staff will help you navigate through the whole process and will advise on specific steps for each document according to the rules of the country where it will be used. When timing and accuracy matters, Passport Plus is your reliable partner!
PPV charges $75 per document per seal + government & shipping. Discounts are available for orders of 5 or more documents for the same country. For an exact quote, please use "Request your free quote now" tool above.