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An apostille is a formal certification that validates a public document for use in another country. It's essentially a way to get one country to recognize a document issued by another country.

Here's a breakdown of how apostilles work:

  • Apostilles are used between specific countries:  The Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents established a system for apostilles. Only countries that are part of this convention recognize apostilles.

  • Hague Apostille Convention: This convention simplifies the process of legalizing certain documents for use in another Hague Convention country. As of May 4, 2024, there are 123 members of the Hague Apostille Convention

  • Apostilles verify, not notarize: An apostille confirms the authenticity of the seal and signature on a public document, but it doesn't verify the content of the document itself. Also, you typically need to get the document notarized before you can get an apostille.

  • Issued by a government agency: You can't get an apostille from a notary public. In the U.S., each state or the federal government has a designated office that issues apostilles.

  • Common items: Birth Certificates • Marriage Certificates • Death Certificates • Divorce Decree • Single Status Affidavit • Background Checks (Local, State, FBI) • Power of Attorney • Copy of Passport • Copy of Driver License • Transcripts • Diplomas • Authorization Letter • Travel Consent Letter • Articles of Incorporation • Certificate of Good Standing • Certification of Free Sale • Certification of Origin • Corporate Power of Attorney • Commercial Invoice

If you need to use a public document in another country, you'll likely need to get an apostille. The exact process will vary depending on the issuing and receiving countries, so it's always a good idea to check with the embassy or consulate of the country where you'll be using the document.

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