Louisiana Hague apostille

Do you need Hague apostilles for your Louisiana documents? We provide Apostille and Embassy legalization services in the State of Louisiana and nationwide, for documents intended for international use.  

If you are traveling overseas, or sending a Louisiana document for use in a foreign country, you may be required to have the document apostilled or legalized. Hague apostilles have been adopted internationally as a uniform way of verifying documents sent between countries.

What does a Louisiana apostille look like?

In the State of Lousiana, as in all U.S. states, an apostille is a separate page attached to the document by staples. It is signed by the Secretary of State .(facsimile signature) and has the Seal of the Secretary of State of the State of Louisiana.

Price, processing time, order form

price 4Louisiana apostille: $175

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

Processing time: app. 5-7 bus. days + 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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Louisiana apostille guidelines and tips

Acceptable document certifiers for Louisiana Apostilles:

apostille acceptable Notary Public qualified in the State of Louisiana
apostille acceptable Clerks of Court and Deputy Clerks of Court
apostille acceptable Deputy Sheriffs
apostille acceptable Judges, Justices of the Peace
apostille acceptable State Registrar of Vital Records
apostille acceptable Louisiana Secretary of State
apostille acceptable state accredited school registrar (transcripts) and school presidents (diplomas)
 

tip 2

Louisiana birth, marriage and death certificates must bear the signature of the Registrar of Vital Records.
 
tip 2Notarized documents (e.g. powers of attorney, affidavits, etc. must fully comply with Louisiana Notary Law or the document will be rejected. The printed name of the notary and their notary identification number must appear beneath their signature. Notarized documents must have complete Jurat/acknowledgment and printed notary's name under the signature.

Acknowledgment:

(for personal powers of attorney, affidavits, statements, letters, consents, copies of diplomas and transcripts signed by school officials, etc.)

State of Louisiana

Parish of ______________

Before the undersigned . . . . . . . . . . (naming the officer and designating his official title) duly commissioned (or appointed) and qualified, this day personally appeared at the place above named . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (naming the person or pesons acknowledging) who declared that he (she or they) knew the contents of the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged it to be his (her or their) act. 

Witness my hand and official seal this . . . . . day of . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 . .

________________________

Notary Public
Notary name (printed)
Notary ID number

Jurat:

(for personal powers of attorney, affidavits, statements, letters, consents, copies of diplomas and transcripts signed by school officials, etc.)

State of Louisiana
Parish of ______________
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me this, the _____ day of _______, 20____, by ______________.
 
Witness my hand and official seal this . . . . . day of . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 . .
________________________
Notary Public
Notary name (printed)
Notary ID number
 
 
tip 2Notaries in Louisiana cannot certify copies of passports or driver’s licenses.
 
An alternative procedure called "copy certification by document custodian" may be permissible. With this procedure, the document's custodian or holder signs a statement attesting to the accuracy of the copy, and the Notary notarizes the custodian's signature on the statement. The difference is that rather than directly certifying the copy, the Notary is notarizing the custodian's signature on a statement vouching for the copy's accuracy.
 
tip 2Divorce judgments must be certified copies signed by the clerk of the court or Ex-Officio Deputy Sheriffs.
 
tip 2Diplomas and transcripts signed by state accredited university’s registrar, president, dean etc., and transcripts and diplomas signed by the high school’s superintendent are acceptable. 

 

We obtain apostilles for documents originating from all 64 Louisiana parishes:Acadia Parish | Allen Parish | Ascension Parish | Assumption Parish | Avoyelles Parish | Beauregard Parish | Bienville Parish | Bossier Parish | Caddo Parish | Calcasieu Parish | Caldwell Parish | Cameron Parish | Catahoula Parish | Claiborne Parish | Concordia Parish | De Soto Parish | East Baton Rouge Parish | East Carroll Parish | East Feliciana Parish | Evangeline Parish | Franklin Parish | Grant Parish | Iberia Parish | Iberville Parish | Jackson Parish | Jefferson Davis Parish | Jefferson Parish | La Salle Parish | Lafayette Parish | Lafourche Parish | Lincoln Parish | Livingston Parish | Madison Parish | Morehouse Parish | Natchitoches Parish | Orleans Parish | Ouachita Parish | Plaquemines Parish | Pointe Coupee Parish | Rapides Parish | Red River Parish | Richland Parish | Sabine Parish | St. Bernard Parish | St. Charles Parish | St. Helena Parish | St. James Parish | St. John the Baptist Parish | St. Landry Parish | St. Martin Parish | St. Mary Parish | St. Tammany Parish | Tangipahoa Parish | Tensas Parish | Terrebonne Parish | Union Parish | Vermilion Parish | Vernon Parish | Washington Parish | Webster Parish | West Baton Rouge Parish | West Carroll Parish | West Feliciana Parish | Winn Parish

Louisiana apostilles: Frequently asked questions

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

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

Acknowledgment:

(for personal powers of attorney, affidavits, statements, letters, consents, copies of diplomas and transcripts signed by school officials, etc.)

State of Louisiana

Parish of ______________

Before the undersigned . . . . . . . . . . (naming the officer and designating his official title) duly commissioned (or appointed) and qualified, this day personally appeared at the place above named . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (naming the person or pesons acknowledging) who declared that he (she or they) knew the contents of the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged it to be his (her or their) act. 

Witness my hand and official seal this . . . . . day of . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 . .

________________________

Notary Public
Notary name (printed)
Notary ID number

Jurat:

(for personal powers of attorney, affidavits, statements, letters, consents, copies of diplomas and transcripts signed by school officials, etc.)

State of Louisiana
Parish of ______________
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me this, the _____ day of _______, 20____, by ______________.
 
Witness my hand and official seal this . . . . . day of . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 . .
________________________
Notary Public
Notary name (printed)
Notary ID number
 

 

 

Are Louisiana notaries required to use a seal?

question answer No. A Louisiana notary's signature is his/her seal.

When does a Louisiana notary's commission expire?

question answerNotaries in Louisiana are commissioned for life pursuant to Attorney General Opinion 1940-42.

Can Louisiana notaries attest to copies of the documents?

question answerYes, the State of Louisiana allows copy certification.

Louisiana notaries are not allowed to certify copies of vital records (birth, marriage, death certificates), documents issued by the courts (divorce judgments) or any other public records office. 

Notaries in Louisiana cannot certify copies of passports or driver’s licenses.

A Notary may certify a tangible copy of an electronic record is a true copy (RS 9:2760).

Sample wording for certifying photocopies:

Copy Certification:

(for certifying copies of passports, IDs, driver licenses, transcripts, diplomas and other personal documents)

IMPORTANT! Copies of vital records (birth, death, marriage certificates, divorce judgments) cannot be certified by a notary public. Copies of passports and driver's licenses cannot be certified by a notary public.

State of Louisiana
Parish of ______________
 
I certify that this is a true and correct copy of _______________ (description of document) in possession of __________________ (name of person presenting the original document)
 
Dated___________________
________________________
Notary Public
Notary name (printed)
Notary ID number

Can a remotely notarized document be apostilled in Louisiana?

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

Does the State of Louisiana issue electronic apostilles?

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

Are Louisiana apostilles issued for documents in foreign languages?

question answer

Yes. Your document may be in a foreign language. However (important!), the notarial statement must be in English. 

Can a Louisiana apostille be verified?

question answerNo. The State of Louisiana does not offer online verification of apostilles / certifications. 

Questions concerning the validity of apostilles or certifications may be directed to the Louisiana Secretary of State.  

Can a Louisiana apostille be rejected by a foreign country because it is a separate page (not a stamp), or because it is attached to the document by a staple?

question answer No. 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."

 

 

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