Chicago: is notary required in POA for getting Apostile services?

Help needed.

I am an OCI holder living in Wisconsin.
Need to send POA to my parents in India.
Indian Embassy chicago website saying “In the case of US nationals (Indian origin), their signatures should be first attested by the Authentication(Apostle) Division from the Secretary of State before submission for attestation at the Consulate. Copy of the Certificate of authorization/OCI is required.”

In the US Apostile says that i need to do
Requirements for other documents include: "

  • Must be certified with a stamp or seal by a notary public
  • Must be certified by the clerk of court from the county in which the notary is commissioned
  • Must be certified by the Secretary of State from the state in which the document was executed
  • Documents from the District of Columbia must be certified by the Government of the District of Columbia Notarial Section
  • Note : the document doesn’t have to be certified by the clerk of court from the county in which the notary is commissioned if the Secretary of State will certify directly to the notary."

My question is, in my POA, do i need to get 1. certified by Notary, 2. clerk of court from the county, and 3. Secretary of State from the state??? before sending to “Office of Authentications,
U.S. Department of State”

Hi @SivaMKE

As per my information, you need to directly go to state secretary office in Chicago and get Apostile.

You can get the notary done from local notary before the apostile.

The last step is to send it to Chicago Indian embassy.