Do you need to apostille a power of attorney?
We offer apostille services for power of attorney documents that have been signed and notarized in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Federal Government (USA Embassy/USA Consulate). For countries that are not part of the Hague Apostille Convention, we can assist you in processing your power of attorney through the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy or Consulate office.
To obtain an apostille for your power of attorney, you need to send the original notarized copy to our office for processing. Please note that a power of attorney can only be authenticated by the state in which it was notarized. The notary must be commissioned and include the appropriate notarial wording for their respective state.
The Secretary of State does not have the authority to authenticate documents notarized in other states. For instance, if your power of attorney was signed and notarized in California, only California can issue the California apostille. Similarly, if your power of attorney was signed and notarized in New York, only New York can issue the New York apostille.
Certain states may require a notarized document to be further authenticated by the County Clerk. These states include Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, and Tennessee.
We highly recommend having your power of attorney prepared by a professional in the country that is requesting it. For instance, if Mexico requires a signed and notarized power of attorney, it is advisable to have an attorney or paralegal in Mexico prepare the document in both English and Spanish. Some U.S. states do not apostille documents written in a foreign language, so it is best to have your documents in both languages to avoid any issues.
If you are located outside of the USA and need to have your signed power of attorney authenticated for a country other than the USA, you can contact the local U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate office to meet with a U.S. Federal notary. Once notarized, you can then mail the document to our Washington DC apostille office for processing.
Please be aware that we can only assist you with documents that originate from or are notarized within the United States and are intended for use in another country. If your power of attorney was signed and notarized in a different country, you will need to contact the competent authority in that country for assistance.
Obtaining an apostille on a power of attorney can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!
Our staff is available Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow-step-by-step instructions. Please call us at 1-800-850-3441.