Obtaining an Apostille for Your Reference Form

How To Get Your Reference Form Apostilled?

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. 

What To Do With the Affidavit and Notary?

Copy and past the affidavit and the notary oath from below on the back of the copies (2) of the Reference Letter.  You can describe the document as “Reference Letter”.  Sign it before a notary.  Notary notarizes your signature.  Twice.  


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


Printed Name Here (singed above)

The most often approved oath across state, which is also descriptive enough to be approved follows.  However, before worrying about Poland, 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.  

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__________.


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