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Embassy Legalization of Documents for Laos

Traveling to Laos can be exciting. It is a small country in Southeast Asia that is known for its stunning mountain views. You may be heading there to get married or have some business to care for. No matter the reason, if you are going there needing specific documentation, you may also need to legalize those documents.

What is Embassy Legalization?

The Hague Convention of 1961 established the apostille as a uniform way to verify the authenticity of a document. All member countries accept an apostille. And non-member countries require all paperwork to receive embassy legalization to prove the trueness of the document.

Since Laos is not a member of the Convention, your paperwork must receive embassy legalization for Laos to accept it.

Steps for Embassy Legalization of Documents for Laos

Since Laos does not accept an apostille, you must take an additional step to receive embassy legalization of documents.

  • The document must be an original or certified copy.
  • Verify if you need to notarize the document (DO NOT notarize vital records such as a birth or death certificate).
  • For state-issued documents – send the application and document to the Secretary of State for certification.
  • For federally-issued documents – send the application and document to the US Department of State in Washington, DC, for certification.
  • Send the document and the certification to the Laos Embassy for legalization.
  • Receive certified translation of all documents and their legalization

Examples of State and Federal Documents

The steps above broke down where to send state or federally-issued documents. Let’s look at examples of each of these.

Examples of State-Issued Documents

  • Birth / Death certificate
  • Marriage license
  • Driver’s license
  • School records

Examples of Federally-Issued Documents

  • Passport
  • FBI background check
  • Social Security letter
  • Federal Taxes

It can be a lot of work when you have several documents that require embassy legalization. Each one must be sent separately with its own application form. The easier way is to let One Source Process deal with the governmental red tape.

Let One Source Process Help

Once you have the original or certified copy of the required document, we can do the rest for you. We have worked with every state to receive certification. We also have worked with the Laos Embassy for the legalization of documents. We know exactly who to contact and what they expect.

And unlike government offices, we are easy to work with.

Simply fill out the Order Form here and upload or mail us the documents. We will review all paperwork for FREE and let you know of any missing or wrong information. Even the smallest mistake may cause a delay or rejection of the legalization of the document.

When you are ready, we will send you a payment invoice and timeline for completion. This way, you only pay once we are confident everything is correct and ready to go.

We also provide certified translation services, saving you yet another step.

We are available 7 days a week. Please Contact Us if you have any questions before or during the embassy legalization process.

Sep 1, 2023 / by Brandon Yoshimura

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