For General Documents (Diplomas, Powers-of-Attorney, Agreements, Bylaws, Transcripts, Deeds of Assignment, Income Verification, and other business or legal documents): you must complete the following steps before submitting your request to the State Department. Your document must be:

1. Acknowledged before a notary public;

2. Certified by the clerk of court of the county in which the notary is commissioned;1

3. Certified by the state Secretary of State or equivalent in which the document is executed. Documents originating in the District of Columbia must be certified by the District’s Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications.

Note: All seals and signatures must be originals and all dates must follow in chronological order. 1Item 2 may be omitted if the authority in item 3 will certify directly to the notary.

All documents in a foreign language must be accompanied with a certified (notarized) English translation. If a copy of a document is used, it must include the statement that is a true and accurate copy.

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