Certified & Notarized Translations
Our translations are certified at the end of each document (only the translator can certify it) and prepared in accordance with the United States Regulation 8 CFR 103.2 b (3).
What is a certified translation?
In the US, a certified translation is a translation which is followed by a statement of completeness and accuracy (called an Affidavit of Accuracy or Translator’s Certification) signed by the translator along with his contact information. If requested, it can be signed before a notary public. The notary seal assures that the signature is that of the person whose name is listed as the translator and who has appeared before the notary. As accredited translators of the French Consulate, our certified translations fulfill requirements both in the US and France.
Please note that official translations of documents to be produced in France must be done by a translator accredited by the French Consulate.
Will my document need to be notarized?
If a notarization is required, it is usually specified by the requesting party. Should you need or wish a notarization of our signature, we can have it done for a reasonable charge. Please note that the notary’s seal assures only that the signature is that of the translator as stated in the translator’s certification.
What is an apostille?
In the United States, France, and sixty-seven other signatory countries of “The Hague Convention”, legalization is accomplished by an apostille, which is a “simplified” certification procedure for public documents. Under “The Hague Convention”, signatory countries have agreed to recognize public documents issued by other signatory countries if those public documents are accompanied by an internationally recognized form of authentication known as an “apostille”. The apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country.
The sole function of the apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document, the capacity in which the person signing the document acted and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document.
An apostille is issued by the Secretary of State. It is a one-page document embossed with a seal and attesting that signature of the official issuing the certificate is certified.
How to get an apostille?
The whole process is time consuming since the office of the Secretary of State is in Sacramento. We can handle the whole process for you for a reasonable fee within a few days.
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