What is Document Authentication?
Document authentication is the process of embassy or consulate validation or chain certification for submission of documents to be used in a foreign/international country. The process can be initiated by an individual or corporation when they are asked to present their documents and certificates to the government of a foreign country for the legal purposes that they pursue.
Before taking any action or legal proceeding, international governments shall first ensure that the documents being presented to them are authentic or genuine for legal purposes. And the documents must first be certified by the federal government in the country of issue to be considered valid documents for presentation to a foreign government.
Complete Process of Document Authentication
However, to get your documents certified by the federal government, those have to be first attested by the secretary of state in which they originated. You can obtain this certification by presenting your document to the Office of the Secretary of State in the authentication department or notary department. We offer our notary and apostille services that you may find in our browser.
Once the state level certification is obtained, your documents are ready for submission to the embassy of the country in which they are intended for final submission.
The process may also include a small amount of fee, probably at every level, depending on the country and states.
What does LAX Notary and Translation do?
We can help with the notary, apostille and consulate authentication for the embassies and consulates located in Los Angeles. Please send your inquiry with the list of certificates and the countries that need to be authenticated, so we can send an instant quote and requirements for the process to start.