Who Needs An Apostille?
An apostille is only issued for public documents. It’s a stamp that certifies the authenticity of a public document, and only documents that relate to government or international organizations can be issued an apostille. Documents that are private in nature, such as birth certificates or marriage licenses, will not receive this stamp of approval. If you’re not sure if your document is considered public or private in your country, contact your consulate, they’ll be able to help you figure out if it’s eligible for an apostille.
If you have a document from another country and want to get it legalized here in America, then this process may seem familiar but slightly different from what goes on at home: Instead of receiving an official seal from some kind of government agency or official who verifies its authenticity once everything has been filled out properly (like parents usually do when they sign a child’s driver’s license application), you’ll need someone who specializes in this kind of stuff called “apostilles.”
Getting an apostille for a document in Houston, Texas is simple, but it does require some paperwork. You can always hire a professional Houston apostille service to get your documents apostilled.
Here’s how it works:
1. You need to get the original document and its translation into English (if it’s not in English).
2. Then you need to sign the original copy of the document and affix your seal on it.
3. You also need to get two copies of the document notarized. One goes with your application, and one stays with you as proof that you’ve applied for an apostille.