apostille & notary services
Welcome to American Apostille & Notary Services, an industry leader in legal document certification and authentication. Our office is experienced with all forms of important legal document certifications and authentications including Apostilles, Notarizations, and Embassy / Consulate Legalization. We offer Apostille services and notarial certifications for all 50 states.
The certification and authentication of important legal documents should only be performed by professional service providers experienced in the process. At American Apostille & Notary Services we guarantee that your important legal document certifications and authentications will be processed correctly.
Whether you're wanting to conduct international business, sell items in foreign countries, study abroad, have a destination wedding, work overseas, or handle personal matters, we can provide the necessary legal document certification and authentication services.
What is an Apostille?
The term Apostille is a French word that simply means “certification”. An Apostille is a document that has been authenticated or legalized allowing the legal use of the document abroad. The Apostille is issued by the Secretary of State in which the legal document originated.
Apostilles do not certify the content of the public document to which it relates. They do not grant authority and they do not give any additional weight to the content of the underlying documents.
An Apostille may never be used to recognize a document in the country where that document was issued. Apostilles are strictly for using public legal documents abroad. Apostille services are not for documents intended for use within the United States.
What is a notary Public?
A Notary Public or Notary is a public official authorized by law and appointed by a state government to serve the public in non-contentious affairs. Examples of common non-contentious affairs that typically require notarial services include general financial transactions, estates, deeds, powers of attorney, and foreign and international business.
A Notary's responsibility is to verify the identity of signers of important legal documents, ensure that they are free from coercion or intimidation and that they are informed of the transaction's terms before they agree to sign. In some notarizations, the Notary must also administer an oath, under penalty of perjury, declaring that the information in the legal document is true and correct.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Notary client transactions are now being conducted remotely online making the process much easier and more convenient. Remote online notary services are just as safe and secure as traditional face-to-face notary services.