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What is an apostille ?

Here you will find all the information you need to know about the Hague Apostille

Hague Apostille Convention


The apostille process consists of placing on an official document an Apostille (an annotation) that will certify the authenticity of the documents issued in a signatory country of the XII Hague Convention, of October, 5, 1961.

Therefore, documents issued in a signatory country of the Convention will be accepted in any of the other countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.

Here yo can see the signatory States of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961

How to get an apostille?


If you want to apostille a document you have two options, you can apostille by yourself a document by going to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country, or you can hire the services of a notary, they will help you to get the job done for a fee.

Who can issue an apostille ?


An Apostille may only be issued by a Competent Authority and this authority  depends from country to country.  Examples of designated authorities are Government offices, Embassies, Ministries, Courts or Local governments.

In  USA for example, the apostille is always signed by a Secretary of State and certifies the authenticity of the capacity and signature of the person signing the document, and those are typically singed by a notary public, County Clerk, State registrar to name a few. 







Documents that can be apostilled

Personal documents


  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Death Certificate
  • Divorce decrees and judgment
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Adoption dossier
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of drivers license
  • Deeds and wills
  • Sigle status affidavit
  • Car/ automobile title
  • Travel authorization
  • State police record
  • FBI background record
  • CRBA Consular Report Born Abroad
  • Personal power of attorney

Corporate documents

  • Certificates of incorporation
  • Certificates of good standing
  • Certificates of origin
  • Trademarks/patents
  • Business power of attorney
  • FDA certificates
  • Invoices and free sale certificates
  • Department of the Treasury [form 6166]
  • Foreign government certificate CFG

Academic documents


  • University/college diploma or transcripts
  • High School diplomas or transcripts
  • School records
  • Attendance Certificates