Do you need to apostille your documents for the country of India?
The most common documents we can apostille for India are affidavits, power of attorney, bank statements, salary statements, utility bills (water and power, natural gas, wireless), driver’s license, and passports. These type of documents must be signed and notarized before they can receive an apostille from the Secretary of State’s office.
Note: Vital record documents (birth, marriage, death, etc…) are not notarized and must be a certified copy issued by the County Clerk or State Registrar.
We can apostille documents signed and notarized in all 50 States and the District of Columbia. Once you receive your documents back with the apostille, you will then need to contact the Consulate General of India for further instructions. Note: A power of attorney must be processed through the Consulate office after it has received the apostille.
A power of attorney needs to be signed and witnessed by two individuals (with their names and addresses clearly mentioned). Please visit the Consulate General of India website for instructions on how to create this document or have one created professionally for you from India. There may be samples on the Consulate’s website.
In many places in India, they would easily recognize the attestation by the Indian Embassy/Consulate office and hence may ask for attested copy despite the document receiving the apostille from the Secretary of State’s office. Hence, to avoid any inconvenience, please have your power of attorney apostilled and then attested by the Embassy or Consulate office.
The country of India has one Embassy in Washington DC and five Consulate General offices in the United States. The Consulate General offices of India are located in the following States:
- California (San Francisco)
- Texas (Houston)
- New York (NYC)
- Chicago (Illinois)
- Georgia (Atlanta)
Please contact the Embassy or Consulate office for instructions before you begin to process your document. You may be asked to notarize additional documentation to show proof that you are currently a U.S. resident.
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!