Arkansas Hague apostille

Many transactions in foreign countries involve documents prepared in the US or issued by state governmental agencies. Whether you are setting up a business in a foreign country, applying for a job overseas, studying abroad, adopting a baby, or marrying a foreign national, foreign governments require that your documents are apostilled or authenticated. Hague apostilles make your documents valid outside the United States, in the countries that joined the Hague Apostille Convention.

We provide apostille services in the State of Arkansas and nationwide for all kinds of documents intended for use abroad. 

What does an Arkansas apostille look like?

In the State of Arkansas, as in all U.S. states, an apostille is a separate page attached to the document. It is signed by the Secretary of State (facsimile signature) and has the  Seal of the Secretary of State. Each apostille has the name of the country the document is intended for.

Price, processing time, order form

price 4Arkansas apostille: $175

USPS Priority mail (within the U.S.): free
More shipping options in the Order Form

Processing time: app. 2 weeks + mail

order form 3Please complete the Order Form and mail it with your original document(s) to

Foreign Documents Express
331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 1
4th Floor, Suite 143
Red Bank, NJ 07701

 If you are sending your document(s) from a foreign country, please use FedEx, DHL or TNT, and email the tracking number so that we can watch for your package.

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Arkansas apostille guidelines and tips

The purpose of an Apostille is to verify for foreign government that a public official who signed or certified the document is in good standing. Make sure your document

apostille acceptable has an original signature and is properly notarized by a currently commissioned Arkansas Notary Public, or
apostille acceptable is an official certified copy of Arkasas Vital Record (certified copies of birth certificates, death certificates or marriage certificates) signed by the Registrar of the Arkansas Health Department, Bureau of Vital Statistics, or
apostille acceptable is an official Arkansas court document, or
apostille acceptable is issued by Arkansas Secretary of State
 
There are strict standards for the apostille and certification process in the State of Arkansas. The Arkansas Secretary of State will not authenticate documents that do not comply.
 

tip 2Birth and death certificates: Arkansas law does not allow notaries to make and certify copies of vital records (birth, death certificates) and other public records. Copies of vital records need to be obtained through the vital records division of the Health Department.

tip 2Documents in foreign languages: If the document is in a foreign language, it will need to be translated to English before the Secretary of State’s Office can issue an apostille. The translations must contain a proper affidavit and notarial acknowledgment. See sample translator's affidavit and notarization in Frequently asked questions below ("Are Arkansas apostilles issued for documents in foreign languages?"

tip 2Powers of attorney: Documents must be correctly notarized with a jurat or acknowledgment statement. The jurat or acknowledgment statement should be for each individual signature. See Sample Notary acknowledgment and jurat in Frequently asked questions below (What does a "proper notarization" mean in the State of Arkansas").

tip 2School records: Academic documents such as diplomas, transcripts, verification letters and general school records issued by high schools, colleges, and universities of Arkansas, must be certified by the school registrar, and notarized prior to be presented for an apostille. Read more about apostille the requirements for transcripts issued by Arkansas schools, colleges and universities.

Arkansas apostilles: Frequently asked questions

What does a "proper notarization" mean in the State of Arkansas?

All notarized documents must contalin the notarial statement, either the acknowledgment or jurat.

Acknowledgment:
 
State of Arkansas
County of ______________
 
On this the_____________ day of ___________, 20 , before me, (name of notary), the undersigned notary, personally appeared (name(s) of signer(s)) known to me (or satisfactorily proven) to be the person whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged that he/she/they executed the same for the purposes therein contained.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and official seal.
_____________________________
Signature of Notary Public
My Commission expires:__________________________________
 
[Seal of Office] [Seal of Office]
 
Jurat:
 
State of Arkansas
County of __________________
 
Subscribed and sworn to before me on this ______ day of______, 20____. 
_____________________________
Signature of Notary Public
My Commission expires:__________________________________
[Seal of Office] [Seal of Office]
 

Can Arkansas notaries attest to copies of the documents?

question answerYes, except for vital records (birth, marriage, death certificates), documents issued by the courts (divorce judgments) or any other public records office. 

Sample wording for certifying photocopies:

State of Arkansas
County of ___________________
 
“I, [Name of Notary], certify this is a true and perfect copy of the original document [insert type of document] presented to me on this __________ day of _______________ , 20 ______ .
_____________________________
Signature of Notary Public
My Commission expires:__________________________________
[Seal of Office] [Seal of Office]

Can a remotely notarized document be apostilled in Arkansas?

question answerNo. For notarized documents, the State of Arkansas requires the original signatures of the signer and the notary.

Does the State of Arkansas issue electronic apostilles?

question answerNo. The State of Arkansas issues paper apostilles only. 

Are Arkansas apostilles issued for documents in foreign languages?

question answer

No. All documents in foreign languages must be accompanied by a translation into English with the translator's affidavit. The signature of the translator must be properly notarized by an Arkansas notary public. 

Translator Affidavit
 
I, ___________________________________, affirm that the above/attached is a true and perfect translation of the original document _________________________________.
____________________________
(Translator’s Signature)
 
State of Arkansas
County of __________________
 
On this the _______ day of ______, 20____, before me, _________________________________, the undersigned notary, personally appeared _____________________________________ known to me (or satisfactorily proven) to be the person whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged that he/she/they executed the same for the purposes therein contained.
 
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and official seal.
______________________________
Signature of Notary Public
[Seal of Office]
My commission expires:_________________

Can an Arkansas apostille be verified?

Can an Arkansas apostille be rejected by a foreign country because it is a separate page, and not a stamp, or because it is not ribboned to the document?

question answerNo. According to the Hague Convention Apostille brochure called "The ABCs of Apostilles from HCCH"

 "An Apostille must be placed directly on the public document or on a separate attached page (called an allonge). Apostilles may be affixed by various means, including rubber stamps, self-adhesive stickers, impressed seals, etc.

If an Apostille is placed on an allonge, the latter can be attached to the underlying document by a variety of means, including glue, grommets, staples, ribbons, wax seals, etc.

Failure to affix an Apostille in a particular manner is not a basis for refusing the Apostille."

 

We process apostilles for documents originating from all 75 counties of the State of Arkansas: Arkansas | Ashley | Baxter | Benton | Boone | Bradley | Calhoun | Carroll | Chicot | Clark | Clay | Cleburne | Cleveland | Columbia | Conway | Craighead | Crawford | Crittenden | Cross | Dallas | Desha | Drew | Faulkner | Franklin | Fulton | Garland | Grant | Greene | Hempstead | Hot Spring | Howard | Independence | Izard | Jackson | Jefferson | Johnson | Lafayette | Lawrence | Lee | Lincoln | Little River | Logan | Lonoke | Madison | Marion | Miller | Mississippi | Monroe | Montgomery | Nevada | Newton | Ouachita | Perry | Phillips | Pike | Poinsett | Polk | Pope | Prairie | Pulaski | Randolph | Saline | Scott | Searcy | Sebastian | Sevier | Sharp | St. Francis | Stone | Union | Van Buren | Washington | White | Woodruff | Yell

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Foreign Documents Express

 

331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 1

4th Floor, Suite 143

Red Bank, NJ 07701

 

Phone: (646) 267-1140

Fax: (800) 905-0421

Email: ForeignDocumentsExpress@gmail.com

 

 
         

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