Bahamas and Apostille Convention
Bahamas is a signatory country to the Hague (aka Apostille) Convention of 1961. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 10, 1973. This means that any official document issued outside Bahamas and destined for this country requires be authenticated by an Apostille obtained from the State Secretary of State or the U.S. Department of State.
An apostille is a special certificate that authenticates the documents meant for use in a foreign country. In other words, an apostille verifies the authenticity of a document signed, certified and/or notarized by a government official or person affiliated with a government entity (notary public, city clerk, county clerk, etc.). An apostille allows another foreign authorities to define that the document it is attached to is genuine and not forged.
Apostille for Bahamas: documents needed apostille
Obtaining an Apostille is quite simple process, and if you have a document required an Apostille for Bahamas, you can manage it on your own by visiting proper department in your state. However, it is good to remember that each document requires different method, because different types of documents are legalized in different means.
For instance, obtaining an apostille on an affidavit, a power of attorney or an instrument drawn by a notary public implicates just few simple steps – getting it certified and authenticate by one or two competent authorities, depending of the state where they are notarized whereas such documents as Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate, Judgments, corporate documents or FBI Background Check require more professional knowledge of the legalization procedure, because up to five local and federal departments are involved in the process of their authentication and legalization.
Speaking about document legalization meant for Bahamas and obtaining an Apostille for Bahamas, the Apoling Solutions takes pride in offering clients capacities and expertise of our multi-lingual Notaries Public and Apostille Agents who handle each document accurately and on the dot.
Being a top apostille agency in Brooklyn, New York and dealing embassy legalization for years we serve the clients nationwide by meeting their needs and preparing all types of official, business or a legal documents meant to be used in Bahamas and Consulate of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in the USA and other countries.
Apostille on documents meant for Bahamas
- Documents issued by organizations or state departments, civil registry offices, town hall and city clerk offices, local and federal courts and boards, etc. including but not limited to:
Judgment of Divorce or Divorce Certificate
Decision of Name Change
Child Custody – related Decisions and Rulings, etc.
- The USCIS documents such as Certificate of Naturalization or Petition of Name Change issued during the process of becoming a U.S. citizen
- Documents issued by administrative bodies:
Diploma signed by a Head of the School or School Principal
Academic Transcripts certified by a Rector or a school registrar
Medical documents, references or statements signed by a hospital administrator, etc.
- Notarial documents such as:
– Certified and notarized copies of documents (Passports, Driver Licenses, photocopies of academic records, school reports and diplomas)
– Power of Attorney for property sale, management, bank account management, etc.
– Affidavits (including Affidavit of Single Status)
– Consents including Parental Consent for Travel of their Children and Authorization Letters
- Authorized certifying endorsements attached to the documents signed by individuals acting in a personal capacity.
- Corporate documents such as By – Laws, certificate of Incorporation, Business Contract, Agreements Corporate Powers of Attorney, Assignment of Claim etc, Commercial invoices, Bills of Landing, Corporate Authorization Letters, Certificate of Good Standing, etc.
- Federal documents issued by the IRS or FBI such as: Form 6166, a letter of U.S. Residency Certification, issued by the IRS, FBI Background Check Certificate or Certificate of Origin
Considering the above mentioned, we suggest that the documents intended for Bahamas to be carefully handled in accordance with International regulations and official requirements of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Retrieving of documents intended for Bahamas
If you need to obtain an Apostille on Vital Records – Birth, Marriage or Death Certificate or on Divorce Decree, take into consideration that original document are never apostilled. It is necessary to obtain a certified copy (long- form) of these documents first and then proceed with their legalization.
At the moment, most of the Apostille agencies do not provide document retrieving services. This means that you must find out on your own what documents to obtain, where and how to order them.
The Apoling Solutions, Inc. is proud to be a full – service agency and in addition to providing apostille services and consular legalization, we also help with documents retrieving. We assist our clients residing in different states and countries with obtaining a correct certified copy of the document, authentication, apostilling, and translating the documents into the language of the country the document is meant for.
How to order Apostille on documents for use in Bahamas
Please, email us a free – quote request via this website, email us an inquiry at: firstname.lastname@example.org or bring the documents for Apostille to our office, conveniently located in Brooklyn, NY.
Are you concerned because you live out of the state of New York? Has your document been originated in the state you do not live any longer in? Are you currently in Bahamas or another country and need help in obtaining and preparing your documents in the USA? With us you do not have to worry about anything! Each document ordered by you will be prepared by our experts correctly and timely!
Please contact us and we’ll do all we can to help you with the matter. Certain documents will need notarization prior to submitting them for Apostille. We can take care of any document you might need for Bahamas – no matter what county or state it was issued by and deliver Apostille for customers from all 50 U.S. states – AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT,VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. (document issued by Federal authorities – IRS, FBI, etc. ),
Please note: We are assisting with obtaining an apostille on the documents originating from the United States. If your documents are issued by Bahamas authorities, we advise you to contact the proper competent authority in Bahamas or a Consulate of the country for assistance.
If you cannot find and answer of a question you might want to pose, please feel free to give us a call and talk to a Notary Public or an Apostille Agent.