Certificate of Authenticity in original documents language?
Thread poster: inesventu
Sep 28, 2011

I'm completing my first set of translations and including apropiate notarized certificate of authenticity. Now I have a big doubt about the following. It will obviosly be in english b/c this is where I live and the place of the original documents, yet the translations are for the spanish embassy. So, they won't be able to understand what it says. What is the protocol in this case. They may need a document that verifies my authenticity as a translator in spanish, or not?
I would really apreciate anyones help on this one?


Paul Merriam  Identity Verified
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Who's your client? What's the client's guidance? Sep 29, 2011

I don't consider it the translator's job to be making the decisions in such matters. I'd recommend proceeding as follows:

a. Ask your client whether he/she/it has been provided with any guidance. Comply with it unless there's a problem with doing so. (If you are asked to certify the authenticity of the source document, for example, don't do it unless you also happen to be a forensic document examiner.)

b. Otherwise, follow your usual procedure. Tell your client something like "this is my usual procedure. If the Spanish embassy later tells you something else is needed, give me a written statement with someone's name and contact information telling me what I need to do."


That helps Sep 29, 2011

Thanks a lot for your response. I find your advice useful basically just follow my usual procedure unless I'm directed otherwise.
Just one quick clarification the certificate of authenticiy I'm talking about is not regarding the authenticity of the content but rather stating that my translation is true to the best of my ability, and I will take my credentials to a notary public and have the statement notarized, yet since this is the US it will all be in english, so I'm just wondering what use do the folks in spain have for it given it's not in spanish for them to read.


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Oh, they will understand English just fine Sep 30, 2011

inesventu wrote:

the translations are for the spanish embassy. So, they won't be able to understand what it says.

What makes you think that? I'd say it's a safe bet that most persons working in a major embassy in the US, and definitely an overwhelming majority of those whose job it is to deal with the public (e.g., consular officials), will read English with at least a reasonable level of proficiency.


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