How to make certified translations of official documents
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(or otherwise not using it) is assumed whatsoever.
a simple way to prepare certified translations of official documents.
Worked for me on all occasions in different foreign consulates
and universities in North America and elsewhere,
but not guaranteed to work for you.
You will only need a friend fluent in both
languages and with a proper identification (passport or a
Prepare a translation.
(A possibility is to print the translation on the
reverse of a xerox copy of the original document.)
At the bottom of the page,
add a clause like this
(on behalf of your bilingual friend, Karl Ivanovich, who will sign the translation):
I, Karl Ivanovich Shusterling, residing
1234 Stierlitz Place, New York, NY 10027, USA,
hereby declare that I have a sufficient knowledge
of English and Russian languages,
and certify the above translation
[of the Marriage Certificate??]
as true and correct in all respects.
certified translation of a Russian Birth Certificate:
certified translation of a Russian Divorce Certificate:
certified translation of a Russian Marriage Certificate:
certified translation of a Russian Death Certificate:
certified translation of a Russian Marriage Certificate into German:
Find a notary or someone with notarial powers
(with a notarial stamp):
You can simply ask for this small favor the clerks at a local
branch of your favorite bank
(just tell them you have an account there).
Or ask at your place of work (at the payroll department??)
Or check the phone listing for Notary Public.
Ask your friend to sign this clause in front of
a notary; the notary will then notarize the signature.
(The notary will write something like
Sworn before me in the City of New York
on September 25, 2006,
will sign and apply a notary's stamp.)
If you did not print the translation on the reverse side
of the copy of the original document,
you may staple the certified translation to the copy of
the original document (unless you want a clerk at a
Consulate or wherever to do it for you).