I need to submit documents to another country and I have to have the signature of the notary who signed the document certified. Where do I go?
I need to get an apostille. Where do I go?
An apostille is a two part process for documents going to countries who are part of the Hague Treaty. A certification is a three part process for documents going to countries who are not part of the Hague Treaty. The first step in either process is to take the document to the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court where the notary was commissioned. The county where the notary was commissioned should be identified in the notary's seal. The cost is $1.00 per certification.
The second step is to take the document, with the Clerk's certification attached, to the Office of the Secretary of State who certifies the elected Clerk of Court. If a standard certification is needed the document must also be taken to the State Department. For more information on Apostilles and Certifications, go the Secretary of State's website.
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