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When a document is to be used in a foreign country, it may be necessary to have it Legalized or Authenticated by a Consulate or Embassy. This process is necessary for countries that are not members of the Hague/Apostille Convention. Documents are typically Legalized by the Consulate or Embassy of the country where your document will be submitted. Legalization (spelled Legalisation in some countries) consists of a series of authentications starting with the Notarization of your document(s) and ending with the Embassy or Consulate’s validation of your document(s). HAGUEAPOSTILLE.US makes the Legalization process for international documents easy and convenient.
It is unlawful for a California Notary to adivse If you need any documents legalized or whether or not you will require an apostille. Please contact the California Secretary of State or your attorney.
What you need to know about Legalization Process
A single missed step or blunder in the Legalization process can be detrimental to your deadline and bottom line. Countless individuals get rejected daily due to incomplete or improper Legalization processing. A telephone call to the California Secretary of State or to an attorney can provide you with a list of the steps to take for successful Legalization processing.
This is between you and the receiving entity. Some examples of documents submitted for authentications are:
Legalization is the official process of document authentication granted by international governments. Presently, more than 200 countries accept foreign documents certified by apostille. However, there are certain restrictions regarding its acceptance. Some countries still reserve the right to deny the acceptance of apostillized documents, issued by other countries, which are also parties to the Convention. For example, documents apostillized in Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and the Dominican Republic are not recognized by Germany, Belgium, Greece and Spain, in spite of all these States having signed the international agreement. In cases such as this, and in case the documents are intended to be presented in a country, which is not a party of the Apostille Convention, a chain, multi-step embassy or consular legalization of documents is required to be done by a foreign authorities in order to be recognized.