Authentication Law and Legal Definition

Authentication is testimony by a proper party that a document is what it is purported to be and that the party attesting to it is qualified to do so. Some of the requirements for authentication may include:

1.Signed before a notary public.

2.Certified by the clerk of Court of the County in which the document is commissioned.

3.Certified by the Secretary of State of the State in which the document is executed.

4.All seals and signatures must be originals.

The U.S.Constitution, Art. IV s. I, states, 'Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state. And congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts,, records and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.'