Want to legalize a US document for overseas use?
That may be for a multitude of reasons. Maybe you’re a business, seeking to expand globally. Or, maybe you’re shifting your career and personal life to a different country.
Whatever the choice may be, you need to make your US documents “recognizable” in that foreign country.
That’s what an apostille is for. We’ll discuss how to get one, specifically in the state of New Jersey!
So to start…
It’s Not an Easy Process
A Google search won’t give you a quick list to finish the process.
If you perform the process incorrectly, you risk having your request rejected. And getting rejected isn’t a result you want, since a second attempt may cause a multi-week (or even a multi-month) delay!
To save yourself the hassle, submit your documents to a professional (and experienced) notary review, and they’ll take care of the process!
How Do I Find a Notary Review?
You’ll need to pick one through a tight screening process. You should ask each candidate about the following:
- Time required to complete the entire process
- The method of processing federal documents (such as FBI background checks)
- If the foreign country doesn’t recognize apostilles (i.e. didn’t subscribe to 1961’s Hague Convention), what process should you follow?
All notary officials in New Jersey should give you clear answers to the previous three inquiries.
It’ll save you time while giving you a schedule on when the process should be done. Plus, it saves you money moving from one notary official to another.
You’ll end up selecting a candidate that gets the job done efficiently. They’ll navigate the complex process on your behalf, saving you lots of time and money!
Getting Legalization or an Apostille in New Jersey (in 6 Steps):
- Prepare the certified or original copy of the document that you want notarized. Ensure that you’re not submitting certifications of apostilles of vital records from different states (only NJ is applicable). If any of the documents are in a language that isn’t English, attach a translation, which must also be notarized.
- If you’re providing the document yourself, consult with an experienced notary to assist you with the process.
- You’re also required to fill out the third document, the Apostille/Certificate of Authentication Request Form.
- Look at the services available. Pick one that matches what you need.
- Decide how you would like to receive the apostilles.
- Send your request!
Please get advice from an experienced notary if you are not sure how to proceed.
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