American Apostille & Notary Services provides apostille services for passports issued in the United States that need to be approved for usage in other countries. To validate your passport, we usually require it in its original form. If you don't want or are unable to ship us the original, you can have a licensed Notary public certify a color copy of your passport. Before sending your passport or a copy of it to us, please verify with the country of your destination to see if a certified copy would suffice.
A Notary Public who certifies a copy of your passport must be licensed in the state where you live and have previous experience notarizing papers for use in other countries. To avoid any delays in the legalization of your passport, utilize proper notary paperwork and an affidavit. When you obtain a notarized certified copy of your US passport, double-check that it has the notary's name, notarization date, and notary seal. A certified US passport copy from a passport holder must be accompanied by a distinct acknowledgement statement in some states. "I do hereby testify that this is a valid and correct photocopy of my US Passport," for example. (It is signed and dated.)
Apostilles on US passports are only valid in nations that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention. If you want to go to a nation that isn't a signatory to the Hague Apostille Treaty, you'll need to obtain US passport legalization, which includes a special authentication from the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. and legalization from the Embassy or Consulate.
There is no margin for error with the Authentication or Apostille process. If mistakes are made, both your time and money will be wasted and you'll have to start all over again. If you want to look into outsourcing this part of preparing to studying abroad to someone with experience, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 848-467-7740 to request my services or learn more.