Blog: apostilles and embassy legalization


JANUARY 7, 2017

notary stamp new texasNew! Notaries public commissioned for the first time in the State of Texas on or after January 1, 2016, and notaries public renewing their commissions on or after that date must have their notary ID number on their seal of office.

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JANUARY 3, 2017


Texas Secretary of State will not issue an apostille if your document contains the words "notario publico"!

A notary public is not a notario or notario público.
A notary public is not authorized to practice law.
A notary public may not give legal advice or prepare legal documents.
A notary public may not charge a fee for preparation of immigration documents or represent someone in immigration matters.

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DECEMBER 31, 2016

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We, at Foreign Documents Express, wish a Happy New Year to all our customers and colleagues in the United States and all over the world! Let the New Year be safe and prosperous for you!




IRS Form 6166 (U.S. Residency Certification) is a letter printed on the U.S. Department of Treasury stationary certifying that an individual or a company was / is a resident of the United States for the purposes of income tax laws of the United States. You may use this form to claim income tax treaty benefits and certain other tax benefits in foreign countries. To be valid in a foreign country, Form 6166 has to be legalized with an apostille.

What agency issues apostilles for IRS Form 6166?

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DECEMBER 27, 2016

apostille maine 2016 sealMaine apostilles are issued by the Office of Maine Secretary of State.

You will see this seal on all Maine apostilles no matter what kind of document a Maine apostille authenticates (including ME birth, death, marriage, divorce certificates, court judgments, personal and corporate powers of attorney, consents, criminal records, parents' consents for minor children travel, corporate resolutions, minutes, bylaws, articles of incorporation, goodstanding certificates, etc.)

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DECEMBER 24, 2016

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CASE STUDY: John C. lives in New York. He was born in Washington DC. John has to present a copy of his birth certificate as a supporting document for a job in Chile. What does he need to do so that his document is accepted in Chile without any delays?

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DECEMBER 21, 2016

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The State of New Jersey is one of very few U.S. states that issue No Record of Marriage certificates on the state level. These certificates are issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services in Trenton, NJ. No Record of Marriage searches are conducted from the year the applicant turned 16 years of age to the present year. You do not have to be present in the U.S. to get this certificate, and have it legalized by a New Jersey apostille or foreign embassy.

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DECEMBER 18, 2016

notary How do you prepare your notarized documents for Virginia apostilles or authentication (Great Seal)? The most important requirement: your documents must be properly notarized by a Virginia notary within the past 12 months! If your document is older than 12 months, it will be rejected. If your document is not properly notarized, it will be rejected. Based on experience, here are some common errors that can cause the notarized documents to be rejected for Virginia apostilles.

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DECEMBER 15, 2016

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Do you need a Hague apostille for a U.S. document for use in Slovakia? We will be happy to help!

Both the U.S. and Slovakia signed the Hague Apostille Convention, therefore all U.S. documents bearing Hague apostille stamps will be legal and valid in Slovakia.

We provide apostille services  for all kinds of documents, from all U.S. states, intended for use in Slovakia.

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DECEMBER 6, 2016

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The home countries of foreign exchange students often want their students' records certified by the school they have attended and then authenticated by the state (apostille or foreign certificate for further legalization by a foreign embassy).

How do you authenticate an Oregon high school diploma, university diploma, transcript, or a verification letter for foreign use?

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DECEMBER 1, 2016date

Getting married in AlbaniaMarriages in Colombia can be contracted in a civil or religious ceremony. Civil weddings are performed by a Colombian official known as a notary (called a notario in Spanish). Notary offices are located throughout Colombia and are plentiful in large cities. Your first step should be to contact a notary to discuss required documents and other procedures. 

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175 apostille 1Our guarantee: if we are not able to apostille your document(s), we will issue a 100% refund.

We process documents for all countries.

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We process documents from all 50 U.S. States (apostilles and certifications), the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC (federal apostilles and certifications), and all foreign embassies/consulates.


Foreign Documents Express is a registered service provider with the Secretary of State - authentications, Hague apostilles, and certification.

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Foreign Documents Express
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Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: (646) 267-1140

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You can call us at (646) 267-1140 with any questions about apostille process. We are available Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to answer your questions. You can also fax or email copies of your documents for a free evaluation. We will advise if your documents qualify for apostilles and, if not, what steps need to be taken.

Processing times differ depending on nature of your documents. In each case will provide the time estimate, and will do our best to meet the deadline.

Delivery by FedEx (within the U.S.) is included in the price. We also ship internationally. FedEx International is $60 to most countries (except for Eastern Europe and Latin America, which is $90).

Apostilles and embassy legalization procedures are not complicated if you entrust your documents to legalization experts who know the requirements of U.S. apostille agencies, foreign consulates and embassies and the requirements of the receiving organizations in foreign countries.