What is the meaning of an apostille?
At USA Apostille, Inc., we take the guesswork out of obtaining an apostille on your documents.
An Apostille is simply the name for a specialized certificate, issued by the Secretary of State or the U.S. Department of State. The Apostille is attached to your original document to verify it is legitimate and authentic so it will be accepted in one of the countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.
There are currently 117 countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention. For countries who are not members of the Apostille Convention, the documents will need to be legalized. Legalizing documents is a multi-step process. Embassy and Consulate Legalization
In the United States, all 50 states, the Secretary of DC, and the Federal Government (US Department of State – Office of Authentication) can issue an Apostille.
In 1961, many countries joined together to create a simplified method of “legalizing” documents for universal recognition. Members of the conference, referred to as the Hague Convention, adopted a document referred to as an Apostille that would be recognized by all member countries.
For example, if your document requires notarization (Example: Power of Attorney), then the apostille will authenticate the notary’s seal and signature. The notary would be the public official. For vital record documents (Birth, Death, Marriage) the official would be the County Clerk or the State Registrar.
Here is an example of model certificate of an apostille:
Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!
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