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Wednesday, August 30, 2006
As I mentioned yesterday we are currently finishing up the last few items of our dossier. We actually have just one last item that we need...our apostilled marriage certificate. This is a two part exercise. First we needed to request an official copy of our certificate from the State of Arizona (yes, good guess, that is where we were married). Then once we received that we need to resend it back to Arizona to get apostilled.

See, our government red tape is as stupid as the Russian government (and sometimes more so).

Well, it took over three weeks just to get our marriage certificates. On Monday we Fedex'd them back to another department there to get them apostilled. Prudently we gave them a return Fedex envelope so I'm hoping that means we'll get them back by Friday since they were delivered Tuesday morning. But worst case is next week.
posted by Steveg @ 9:17 AM  
  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger Suz said…

    Did you get them back by Friday? I sure hope so, so you can check that off the list. You're getting closer and closer.

  • At 6:52 PM, Blogger mother said…

    Where is that marriage certificate?
    It must be lost in the breaucratic morass. Of course there was Labor Day so no one works all week to get ready. Hope it gets there soon. Love, Mother

  • At 3:55 PM, Blogger hana said…

    Hello, I stumbled upon your site when I searched on "what does an apostille look like" and lo and behold your blog came up, and you are in California, too! This notarization/certification/apostille stuff is one big headache! When I saw your site and what an apostille looked like, well, that's not what I thought I was going to see.

    I hope things worked out for your adoption.

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