How do you make a certified translation of legal documents?
Thread poster: anastasiawhite

anastasiawhite  Identity Verified
United States
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Nov 3, 2018

Do you have to be a certified translator?

 

EvaVer (X)  Identity Verified
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Czech to French
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Yes! Nov 4, 2018

I don't know about the US, but in Europe, sworn translators are appointed by a court (in my country, the regional court) competent for their place of business. It should be similar - maybe look up the website of your county court?

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Depends on the country... Nov 4, 2018

In Portugal, unlike other countries, there are no sworn translators as such. To certify a translation, so that a translated document is legally valid, it is necessary to make its certification at the organizations empowered to do so (namely Notary’s Offices and Attorneys).

Josephine Cassar
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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@Anastasia Nov 4, 2018

In the meanwhile, I found this information regarding certified translators in the USA:

https://atasavvynewcomer.org/2016/09/06/what-is-a-certified-translation/

[Edited at 2018-11-04 11:43 GMT]


Nikki Scott-Despaigne
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Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
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German to English
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It depends on the country in several senses Nov 4, 2018

My Canadian certification is valid for Canadian purposes, and is demanded in certain sectors. But Germany wants its "geeidigte" (sworn) translators, so my certified translations won't count in Germany. A German sworn translator's stamp etc. won't count over here. When any client or agency asks for a certified translation, I ask who will be examining it, in what country. The US will be different again.

 

paula arturo  Identity Verified
Argentina
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Depends on the country Nov 4, 2018

It varies from one country to another.

In Spain and Latin America, sworn public translators are appointed by courts and/or government entities, when applicable, depending on what the translation is going to be used for.

In the U.S., certified translators can certify their own translations, but the purpose of certification is radically different from that of other countries. Notary Publics can also certify a translation in the States, but give faith of existence of the
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It varies from one country to another.

In Spain and Latin America, sworn public translators are appointed by courts and/or government entities, when applicable, depending on what the translation is going to be used for.

In the U.S., certified translators can certify their own translations, but the purpose of certification is radically different from that of other countries. Notary Publics can also certify a translation in the States, but give faith of existence of the translated document, not its content.

For commercial purposes in some countries, a mere statement from the translator constitutes "certification."

To get better answers to your question, you may want to clarify what country you are inquiring about and what the purpose of that certification is.
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Hedwig Spitzer Cáceres
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Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
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Romanian to English
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to be more specific Nov 4, 2018

Anastasia,

If you need to certify a certain document from EN>RU, you get your translation notarized by a Notary Public. The Russian authorities may require that the translated document needs an Apostille (Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents - 1961, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty). Therefore, you can mail the notarized translation to the California Department of State in Sacramento) and get the Apostille (suggest
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Anastasia,

If you need to certify a certain document from EN>RU, you get your translation notarized by a Notary Public. The Russian authorities may require that the translated document needs an Apostille (Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents - 1961, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty). Therefore, you can mail the notarized translation to the California Department of State in Sacramento) and get the Apostille (suggest to Google how you can get it in CA).

The translator's "certification" in itself is a nonsense in the US and does not give you the same authority like in Europe. There are numerous languages that have not a certification exam available.

Here in the US, some US entities require the translator of official documents to be an accredited/qualified court interpreter (???? don't ask me why, but I was required to prove that I am on the Roster of court interpreters).

If you need more info, you can contact me through e-mail.

lee
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Paweł Hamerski
Local time: 03:21
English to Polish
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An imprecise question. For the US or Russia? Who wants it? Why? Nov 5, 2018

Upon getting answers to above (and maybe some other logical ones as well) please revert to the forum.

 


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