Dec 7, 2006, 6:20 PM
Post #48 of 51
Claudia, an apostille is a kind of an exercise in futility for any document issued in The United States. It is a certification by the secretary of state of any of the states in The US that the person authenticating the document, usually, but not always, a notary public, was authorized to do that function at the time he/she certified it. It says nothing about the authenticity of the document.
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At an international conference a few years ago, the concept of a postille for documents was initiated, because the authenticity of documents from some countries was questionable. I have forgotten where or when that conference was held, and I’m not going to look it up again.
When some Mexican bureaucrats learn about an apostille, they jump on it like a dog on a bone. It’s another thing they don’t understand, that they can require. I think that stupidity makes them feel smart.
A few years ago, when I was having trouble renewing my FM3, I interviewed a couple of lawyers to help me before I found a good one. One lady lawyer started out by telling me that the first thing I needed to do; was to get my US passport postilled.
She looked extremely confused, which she was, when I explained to her that a state secretary of state issues a postille, to certify that a state official that placed a seal and certified that a state issued document was genuine, was authorized to do it at the time.
She really looked baffled when I told her that there was no official higher than The US Secretary of state, with the authority to certify that anything that he had ultimately been responsible for issuing, like a US passport, was authorized to issue that passport at the time it was issued.
She also looked pretty baffled when I told her that a postille is a separate document, and it must be permanently attached to the document being apostilled, and I did not think The US Department of State would approve of having anything permanently attached to a US passport. The way that the apostilles were attached to our marriage certificates looked like a small diameter grommet was used, about 3/8 of an inch in diameter, with a ¼ inch diameter hole in the middle. I have no idea of where to get a machine that would install a fastener like that. It would destroy the documents if anyone tried to separate them.
She obviously had never seen an apostille, and knew nothing about what it was for, but thought it would be a good thing to require.
Registering our marriage with The Mexican Federal Government, while unnecessary for any other purpose for us, did save me a lot of money over the last few years. INAMI used to always retain the apostilled copies of our marriage certificate. I had to pay for a new one every year. No Mexican Government agency is permitted to retain the original registration papers for a marriage that has been registered with The Federal Government. I always get it back every year now.
Yes, I think Cuernavaca is unique for the problems we have encountered with the INAMI here. I only hope that when Calderon installs a new staff and crew here, that things may get better. They couldn’t possibly get any worse.
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