Do you need to apostille a power of attorney?
At USA Apostille, Inc., we take the guesswork out of obtaining an apostille on your power of attorney (POA).
We can apostille a power of attorney signed and notarized in all 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, and the U.S. Federal Government (USA Embassy). For countries who are non-members of the Hague Apostille Convention, we can also process your power of attorney through the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy or Consulate office.
In order to apostille your power of attorney, you must mail in the original notarized copy to our office for processing. A power of attorney can only be authenticated from the State the document was notarized in. The notary must be commissioned and include proper notarial wording for their State.
The Secretary of State does not have the authority to authenticate documents notarized in other States. For example, if your power of attorney was signed and notarized in the State of California, the State of California is the only State that can issue the apostille. Another example is if your power of attorney was signed and notarized in the State of New York, only the State of New York can issue the apostille.
Some States require a notarized document to also be authenticated by the County Clerk. These States include: Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, and Tennessee.
We recommend that your power of attorney be prepared by a professional from the Country requesting it. For example, if the Country of Mexico is requesting a signed and notarized power of attorney, we recommend that an attorney or paralegal in Mexico prepare your document both in English and Spanish. Some US States will not apostille a document written in a foreign language. In order to avoid this, we recommend your documents to be written in both languages.
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 and meet with a U.S. Federal notary. Once notarized, you can then mail in this document to our Washington DC apostille office for processing.
Please Note: We can only help you with documents originating from or notarized within the United States and for another country. If your power of attorney was signed and notarized in another country, you will need to contact the correct competent authority to assist you in that country.
Obtaining an apostille 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!
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