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What is Document Legalization?

Posted by Courtney Leonard on May 25, 2016 12:17:49 PM
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Documents need to be legalized for a variety of reasons. Some firms need a certificate of good standing when opening an international office. Certain Federal documents such as IRS transcripts and FBI background checks need to be authenticated by the US Department of State. Others may need marriage certificates or power of attorney documents legalized.


The actual process required to legalize each of these types of documents varies based on factors such as 
the type of document and what country the document will be used in. Is the country part of the Hague Convention? Need a document leglalized for China? The process in China differs from the process involved for legalizing documents for United Arab Emirates, Qatar, or Saudi Arabia but don't worry, we have everything laid out for you on our website so it's easy to understand. Our goal is to make your job a little easier and we think our website is helping.
Download our easy to understand flowchart to see what steps you will need to process your document. Our goal is to make your job easier. We hope you'll find this flowchart to be useful.


Download our Document Legalization Flow Chart


Why Read This?

You're busy, so why take the time to read our blog, you ask? Well, if you're in a profession that requires you to travel frequently, arrange assistance for others that travel internationally or have a need for documents to be legalized and authenticated for use in other countries then you know the requirements are confusing, constantly changing and requires you to be out of the office for long periods of time to process your documents. Subscribe to our blog so you're instantly updated on the below.

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