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When to Use Certified vs Notarized Translations

If you need to get a document professionally translated, you may be asked to provide proof that you used a qualified service. This proof usually comes in one of two forms: a certified translation or a notarized translation. The differences between the two – and when they are used – are significant.

Use one, not both

Today, it’s usually one or the other that is required – either a certified or a notarized translation, but not both. This was not always the case, as just a few years ago the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) required that all certified translations also be notarized. However, the USCIS has since changed the rules and dropped the notarization requirement, making certified translations the standard U.S. requirement for all immigration purposes.

Why Notarizing a Certified Translated Document?

Understanding certified translations is not easy. When a translation is finished, it is checked multiple times for maximum accuracy. This process is tedious compared to standard translation processes. After the documents are checked, the translation is given to a notary public. The translation is presented with the original document and a statement from the translator saying that the translation is accurate and complete. A notary public affixes their seal to the translation after this occurs. Though this part of the process does not guarantee accuracy of the translation, it verifies the translation as having higher validation.

Certified Translation

A certified translation means that the LSP or translator has provided a signed statement that the translation is a true and accurate translation of the original. Certified translations are usually required for legal documents such as business contracts, court transcripts, immigration documents, adoption agreements, and birth, death, or marriage certificates.

Notarized Translations

A notarized translation is less about quality control and more about following official procedures. A notary public is a person who is authorized by the government to oversee and authenticate various legal formalities – one of them being notarized translations. Notarized translations are usually required for education-based documents like high school transcripts or foreign diplomas.

Apostille Services

Apostilles are rendered by State Departments. State Departments issue apostilles so you can use your translated documents abroad. It is important that you tell your translation provider where the apostilled documents will be used, so they prepare the documents accordingly.

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What the translator affidavit means

To ensure acceptance by immigration, government and employers, certain documents must be certified. This is the so-called certified translation service. One of the requirements of a certified translation is the translator’s affidavit on it. A translator’s affidavit will guarantee that:

The translated documents receive a statement signed by the translator or translation company representative.

This statement includes the translator’s signature notarized by a Notary Public

  • It states that the translator believes that the target-language text is an accurate and complete translation of the source-language text.

Why Notarizing a Certified Translated Document?

Understanding certified translations is not easy. When a translation is finished, it is checked multiple times for maximum accuracy. This process is tedious compared to standard translation processes. After the documents are checked, the translation is given to a notary public. The translation is presented with the original document and a statement from the translator saying that the translation is accurate and complete. A notary public affixes their seal to the translation after this occurs. Though this part of the process does not guarantee accuracy of the translation, it verifies the translation as having higher validation.

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