Document Authentications



The steps in the authentication process depend on the country in which the official documents were issued and the country in which these documents are to be used. If both countries are parties to The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (also referred to as the Apostille Convention), then the authentication can be completed through the facilitated apostille process. If the apostille process is not available, then the documents must first be authenticated by the authorities in the country in which they were issued, followed by a legalization through the Embassy/Consulate of the country in which the documents are to be used. The latter process is more time-consuming as it requires an additional step of the consular legalization. 


TSM can assist with all steps of the document authentication process, both under the apostille process or the consular legalization. TSM has extensive experience authenticating official documents, including but not limited to birth and marriage certificates, university diplomas, police clearances, court documents, etc.  TSM can also assist with the translation of the official documents where required as part of the authentication process.


Roland Lechner

415 344 3626

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