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Do You Need to Get a Certified Copy or Apostille?

Do You Need to Get a Certified Copy or Apostille?

What is an Apostille?

An apostille is a document that certifies another document that’s been issued by a state agency. Any country that is a member of Hague Convention will accept an “apostilled” document.

Countries that are not members of Hague Convention will require that state-issued documents be authenticated by the state and “legalized” by the countries’ embassy in Washington DC.

What are the types of documents that can be apostilled in Delaware?

State-issued corporate documents, i.e. certificate of formation, certificate of incorporation, certificate of good standing.

State-issued personal documents i.e. birth certificates, adoption certificates, death certificates, driver’s licenses.

How to get an Apostille?

You can go through the Secretary of State for the state from where the document was issued or as, we can help you with providing an apostille service for you. You can reach us anytime no matter where you are located.

Whenever a Delaware apostille service is requested for documents that have been filed with the Delaware Secretary of State, each document must be certified separately. Any document that is in a foreign language must have the English translation attached to it. The English version must be notarized.

What is a Certified Copy?

A certified copy is a copy of the original documents signed by a notary public to show that it is a completely legal document.

Do I Need One?

Many times, when opening a bank account, obtaining business licenses, or dealing with certain institutions, it will be requested to provide a certified copy. A certified copy is a certificate with a watermark and state seal. In order to obtain a certified copy, you can contact us via e-mail, phone call or online chat.

You will usually need a certified copy of:

  • Company Formation Certificate
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Articles of Dissolution
  • Articles of Amendment
  • Certificate of Authority

We will prepare all the necessary forms to help you with obtaining your certified copies you are required to have.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to guide you via online chat, phone call or e-mail.