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Old 07-16-2013, 06:42 PM
 
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Default Certified True Copy of Identification

I have been asked to provide a copy of my UK passport; Certified as a True Copy by a US lawyer/attorney.
Is this a regular service that a US attorney can provide, and if so, can someone recommend where I could obtain this?
many thanks
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:46 PM
 
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Would a notary seal work? That is basically having a notary certify that a document is a true and correct copy. You can find notaries everywhere and it's a common requirement for legal documents in the US.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:13 PM
 
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Perhaps, but I don't know if CA notaries are allowed to certify identification as a true copy. This is a common function in the UK, but here it seems less simple for some reason... Just wondering if anyone here in LA knows anything about this.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:07 AM
 
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You can find notaries at most banks. So I suggest you go to a local bank that has a notary and ask that person if they can certify your British passport.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:04 PM
 
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Main thing is to ask the person or organization who wants your certified copy whether a notary seal is sufficient. They should know and should give you an unambiguous answer, hopefully. A notary should have an idea whether the seal is ok for certain functions but they aren't going to know about every certification function, especially if it's for something outside of the US or outside of their state, because they are only trained on certification rules for their state.

Another thing is to get an apostille stamp, which is like a notary seal but harder to get, and for some reason some foreign organizations and countries need those. You basically have to send it to the US state department. Find out if you need an apostille or not, again you need to ask the person you're supposed to turn your certified copy over to once you've completed the process. It's their responsibility to tell you what the requirement is, to the letter. The requirement might not make sense to you but a notary should hopefully be able to decipher it and tell you who you need to see if a notary seal won't work.
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