How To Get Your Documents Apostilled (Notarized) For Mexico
If you’re planning to send your U.S. documents to Mexico, getting them apostilled is a crucial step.
Whether you need to authenticate your birth certificate, marriage license, immigration, or educational transcripts, we’ve got you covered.
Having your documents properly authenticated will save you time and potential headaches down the line.
In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of getting your documents apostilled for Mexico, making it easy for you to navigate the bureaucracy and ensure your paperwork is accepted.
So let’s dive in and get your documents ready for Mexico!
1. Determine what type of document you have?
Since Mexico is part of the Hauge Apostille Convention, the process is very similar to sending documents to other countries around the world, but there are some differences. The first step is to determine if your document was issued from the State or Federal level.
This is very important because it will determine where you need to attain your apostille from!
Examples of State issued documents:
- Power of Attorney
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage or Divorce papers
Examples of Federal issued documents:
- FBI Background Check
If you have a State Issued Document, you would need to attain the apostille from the same Secretary of State which issued that document.
If you have a Federal Issued Document, your apostille must be processed by the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.
For State Issued Documents, follow these steps
Steps for state issued documents:
- Contact the Secretary of State from the state which your document is from
- Carefully review your states apostille processing requirements as each state has their own set of rules
- Send in your documents and pay the apostille fee (varies by state)
- Keep in mind the processing time
- Wait for your apostille to arrive in the mail
For Federal Issued Documents, follow these steps
Steps for Federal issued documents
- Contact the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. and follow their instructions
- Keep in mind, a fedeal apostille can take around 70 days to process
2. You must have originals
In order for your apostille for Mexico to be valid, your documents must be originals or certified copies in good condition with all signatures clearly visible and without alterations or markings. Failure to do so will invalidate your apostille and will result in Mexico rejecting your documents.
If you don’t have originals, depending on the type of document, contact the corresponding state office or issuer in order to get a certified copy of the document(s) you need to send to Mexico.
3. Fill out the application and submit
Once you have obtained the originals or certified copies of your documents, the next step is to fill out the corresponding state’s apostille request form. This form will require you to provide relevant information about yourself and the documents you are requesting the apostille for.
Make sure to accurately and completely fill out the form to avoid any delays or complications in the process. Once the form is filled out, submit it along with the required documents and pay the applicable fee.
Keep in mind, some documents may require a notary before they can be apostilled. If you are not sure if your’s needs to be notarized just ask the clerk at the State’s office. It’s better to ask before sending in your apostille application only to find out it’s denied.
4. Mail in your completed apostille to Mexico
Once you received your apostille from the state double check everything is accurate. Then it’s time to mail it to the receiving party in Mexico.
And that’s it you’re done. You just learned how to get your documents apostilled for Mexico!
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Sometimes this process can seem rather confusing or you may just not have the time to deal with the back and forth with the Secretary of State.
There’s been far too mamy times when someone tries to do this on their own only to be left frustrated, felt helpless, and wasted too much time.
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We are not limited to only apostilles in Illinois! If you are in a different state we can still help you.
Common questions and things to consider
Do I need to get a stamp from the embassy of Mexico after I get my apostille?
No, the apostille is the final certificate needed in order for your document(s) to be recognized in Mexico
My document is originally from Mexico. How can I get an apostille for it?
If your document is originally from Mexico, you will need to attain an apostille from Mexico NOT the United States. Keep in mind, we can only help in attaining apostilles for documents originally from the United States!
I need an apostille for Mexico but I’m not in Illinois. Can you still help?
Yes! We can get apostilles within any of the 50 states not just Illinois. Contact us by sending a message or giving us a call and let us know which state you need the apostille from and which type of document you need to send to Mexico.
What doucments can I send to Mexico for apostille?
Below are common documents we apostille for countries around the world not just Mexico:
- Birth certificates
- Death certificates
- Power of Attorney
- Marriage certificates
- Divorce decrees
- Authorization letters
- Travel consent letter
- Articles of Incorporation
- Real estate documents