Do you need to apostille your Bank Statements?
Do you need to provide proof of your income and assets? Are you purchasing a home or making an investment in a foreign country? Have you been asked to apostille a copy of your most recent bank statement?
Before your bank statements can receive the state apostille, it must be signed and notarized. There are two ways to notarize a bank statement. Either the representative at the bank (Example: Branch Manager) can sign and notarize the bank statement or you (account holder) can meet with a local notary public and have your signature signed and notarized.
The easiest and best way to notarize your bank statement is to contact your bank and ask if a notary is available at their location. Most banks will have a commissioned notary on staff who can notarize your statements without charging you a fee. If you don’t have a copy of your statements, the bank can print out a copy at no charge.
In addition to getting a bank statement apostilled, you may be asked to also apostille other documents. For example, a copy of your utility bill, driver license, social security card, birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, FBI background check apostille, IRS Form 6166, etc… Please be sure to check with the people requesting your documents so there are no delays or additional costs.
Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!