Letter of Authorization Apostille and Authentication Service
What is a letter of authorization?
According to LegalZoom, a letter of authorization is “a very broad term that refers to any letter in which one person or business grants another person or business the authority to act on their behalf.”
A letter of authorization, also called a letter of authority, is different from a power of attorney mainly in formality and enforceability. “A power of attorney is usually a multiple-page, formal document that must comply with state laws. A letter of authorization, in contrast, is typically less than a page long and relatively informal, and while it may be honored by the person receiving it, it’s not state law to accept it.”
What is a letter of authorization apostille?
In brief, a letter of authorization apostille is a certification process that validates your document for use abroad. Oftentimes, overseas parties require a notarized and apostilled letter of authorization as part of a legal proceeding or business transaction.
In order to give the document legal status overseas, the notarization must be certified by the California Secretary of State’s office. First, the CA SOS checks to ensure that the document was notarized properly by a California-State-commissioned notary public and that the notary’s signature matches the signature they have on file. Afterwards, if everything is in order, the CA SOS adheres an apostille certificate and red stamp to the notarial certificate.
How do I get my letter of authorization apostilled or authenticated?
1. Email us for a price quote.
Pricing varies depending on what country it’s going to, your location, the turnaround time needed, and the shipping destination. In order to get a quick price quote, email [email protected] with the following information:
- Your name, address, and phone number
- The name, address, phone number, and email address of the recipient (if you’d like us to ship it to a third party)
- The destination country
- A statement about whether the document is already notarized or needs to be notarized
We will respond with a price quote without delay. Once we’ve agreed upon a price, we will start the apostille/
2. Get the letter of authorization notarized.
The principal must sign the document in front of a notary public. If this individual is in San Francisco, is in the San Francisco Bay Area, we can meet them and notarize the letter of authorization.
3. Get the letter of authorization to us.
Assuming that we notarize the document, we’ll simply collect payment at the appointment and take the notarized document with us. If someone else notarizes it, you can send it to our office:
SF Notary + Apostille
315 Montgomery Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Please include a check or money order made out to “AMN SF” or call us at +1 (415) 655-9455 to arrange credit-card payment.
4. We’ll take it from there.
We will obtain an apostille from the Secretary of State in Sacramento. Some countries require apostilles plus additional certifications, details of which we will provide in the price quote. Once the document has an apostille (and additional authentication/legalization, if required), we’ll ship it via FedEx Priority Overnight Service (USA destinations) or FedEx International Priority Service (overseas destinations).
Disclaimer: Information on this website is for informational purposes only. These instructions are based on our knowledge and experience and are meant to be helpful; however, they might contain errors. Please let us know if you encounter mistakes so that we can promptly correct them. SF Notary + Apostille is not a law firm, and its agents are not attorneys. Please contact a licensed attorney or your local bar association for counsel on legal matters.