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Can a Commissioner of Oaths witness my signature or certify my document for use overseas?

The simple answer is no.  Documents that are going to be used for overseas purposes, be it for an individual or company, can only be signed before a notary public.

In certain instances an Apostille Certificate will also be required.  An Apostille Certificate is an official government Certificate printed or stamped onto the reverse side of a single page document or attached to multiple paged documents with green notary ribbon making it become one inseparable document. It authenticates the seal and or signature of the public official or authority such as a notary or registrar issuing the document.

An issued Apostille Certificate confirms that the person signing, sealing or stamping a public document has lawful authority to do so, and the apostilled document automatically becomes a legal document in countries which are members of the Hague Convention. It does not authenticate or confirm the contents of a document.

We aim to have your Apostille Certificate issued within three (3) working days from date of receipt of your document at our office.

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