3) What is Apostille?

An “apostille” is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961.  An Apostille is a specialized certificate of authentication that provides a uniform method of validating documents to be used in foreign countries. 

Apostille to India: India is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention and any official document destined for this country requires an Apostille from the Secretary of State. India joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 14, 2005. 

Common Documents Apostille requests are:

Birth Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Death Certificates

Divorce Decree

Single Status Affidavit

Background Checks (Local, State, FBI)

FBI Apostille for India

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Copy of Passport

Copy of Driver License



Authorization Letter

Travel Consent Letter

Articles of Incorporation

Certificate of Good Standing

Certification of Free Sale

Certification of Origin

Corporate Power of Attorney

Commercial Invoice

Here is 3-steps process to send Power of attorney to India:

Step-1:  Notarize documents by an experienced Notary.  Gale Ranch Notary does this. 

Step-2: Get the apostille done from Secretary of State, Sacramento.  Gale Ranch notary does this service too from the Secretary of State.  3-5 Business days lead time due to Covid.

Step-3 (optional): Get Consulate sign from Indian embassy.  10-15 Days Mail services due to Covid. No In-person/walk-ins as of June 2021.  Gale Ranch notary does this service.

Why is step-3 optional?