Do you need to apostille a color copy of your Passport?
A common question we are asked is, “How do I apostille my passport?”
Passports from various countries, including the USA, India, UK, Russia, and China, can be apostilled when signed and notarized in any of the 50 US states, the District of Columbia, or by the US Federal Government, such as the US Embassy or Consulate. For countries that are not members of the Hague Apostille Convention, the passport can still be processed by the US Department of State and the Embassy or Consulate office.
Usually, only the page of the passport containing personal information and the photo needs to be apostilled, but some countries may require a color copy of the entire passport to be notarized and apostilled. It is essential to confirm the specific requirements of the requesting country to avoid any delays or extra costs.
To apostille a passport, the original notarized color copy must be sent to our office for processing. If the person is outside the USA, the original passport should not be sent. In such cases, it is advisable to contact the local US Embassy or US Consulate office to arrange for a meeting with a US Federal notary, who can sign and notarize the color copy. Once notarized, the copy can be mailed to our Washington DC office for processing.
For individuals in the United States, it is recommended to meet with a local notary public who has at least five years of experience and adheres to their State’s notarial laws. Some states may also require the notarized document to be authenticated by the County Clerk, such as Kentucky, Maryland, New York, and Tennessee.
Please note that we can only assist with documents originating from or notarized within the United States for use in another country. If the passport is notarized in a foreign country, the competent authority in that country must be contacted for assistance.
Obtaining an apostille on a passport 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.