Why you really need an Apostille
We all know what it means to have a document notarized. The notary, a sworn independent officer of the state verifies your signature and identity documents. The notary then proceeds to place the notary stamp and embosser on the document. At this point, your signature has been verified and your document is, after the notary oath, considered notarized. But, there is the reason for an Apostille: considered notarized by whom? If the stamp of the notary is unknown to the receiver of the document, it adds little value. I, http://kenneth-a-edelstein.com have notarized thousands of documents. Most are for use in the USA and my notary stamp + raised seal is all that is required for the document to be considered notarized.
It�s a very different case when the document leaves the USA. Foreign officials are not familiar with the notary stamps and seals of American notaries. They certainly would have an especially difficult time if verification of the notary�s commission and status were required. Add the possibility that the document is going to a non-English speaking country; the �good in the USA� notarization would be worthless. It might be viewed as a �tax stamp�. Clearly there is a need for a notarization to be recognized on a global scale. That is exactly the purpose of the Apostille.
The Apostille, a standard document added to a notarization provides a common format, and verbiage, for the global acceptance of notary functions. It�s not just for documents leaving the USA for France. It works both ways: an Apostille bearing document originating in France is accepted in the USA � exactly as if the signature had been notarized in Manhattan. The French government is �on record� as having authenticated the validity of the Parisian notary. There is no need to be able to research � or even read the notarization done in French.
As a http://newyorkmobilenotarypublic.com � I process and obtain Apostilles frequently. There are two formats, loosely referred to by the inclusive term: Apostille. The more common is the true �Apostille� � issued by and for signatory nations of Article 12 of The Hague Convention. This agreement is in place to facilitate the international flow of personal, compared to business documents.� For business documents, a more complex and costly procedure: Embassy / Consulate Legalization is often required. Non-signatory nations receive a �Certification� � often serving the same purpose, but sometimes not. Some non-signatory nations still require Legalization for personal documents such as: Birth Certificates, School Documents, Marriage Documents, etc.