Obtaining an Apostille for Your Reference Form


The reference form is a part of your Polish/Bulgarian Adoption Dossier.  This is an open reference.  This means that whomever is filling it out for you, will not seal it and mail to us.  They will instead, leave it open, and give it back to you.  You will not mail it to us either, until you’ve got an apostille for it.  You need 3 different references for your family.  Not 3 references per person.  This means that your references must know you as a family.  It is preferable that one of them is from a Pastor, or a Bible Study teacher, or something similar.  If not possible, that is okay.  Next, we’ll talk about How to Apostille the Reference Form.

How to Apostille the Reference Form step by step:


Step 1:  Make 2 photocopies each reference.  

Step 2:  Put the original away.  You don’t need it anymore.  

Step 3:  Take the 2 copies, and on the back of the LAST page of each, place the AFFIDAVIT followed by the NOTARY OATH (below).

Step 4:  Send to Secretary of State for Apostille.  Address linked on previous page. 



This is a true, complete and accurate copy of the ____Describe Here: For Example: “Cam Newton Reference Letter”____


Printed Name Here (singed above)


State of_________________________


I, ____________________________________________________

A Notary Public for said County and State, do hereby certify that


Personally appeared before me this day and acknowledged the due execution of the foregoing instrument.

Witness my hand and official seal, this  ____day of month__ year_________.


……………………                         __________________________________________

(Official seal)                                  Signature of Notary Public

My Commission Expires: day_______, month_______, year__________.

The most often approved oath across state, which is also descriptive enough to be approved in Poland/Bulgaria follows.  However, before worrying about the foreign country, we must first meet your state’s requirements.  From the top of my head, I know that CA and FL have different requirements.  Its best to check with you local notary to make sure the following example is good.  If you have any doubts about that, let us know and we’ll work together to get it right.  

To educate yourself more about how to get an apostille from Secretary of State, you can study the process here.

These are the steps explainig how to apostille the refence form.  If something is unclear or if you have questions about anything, please call me.  704 957 8696.

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