An Apostille is the legalization of a document for international use (only in the member countries of the Hague Convention) . On October 5, 1961, many nations joined to create a simplified method of “legalizing” documents for universal recognition. This group of nations is known as the Hague Convention. They adopted a document referred to as an Apostille that is internationally recognized by all member nations.
An Apostille certificate verifies that the document to which it relates is authentic and has been checked in its country of origin. Once this certificate or stamp has been attached the document is legalised and is acceptable to overseas authorities in countries that have joined the Hague Convention. Requirements vary from country to country and many countries that are not party to the Convention also recognize Hague Apostille Certificates. Those that do not may require further embassy legalization.
Since October 15, 1981, the United States has been part of the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Only). The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined the convention. Documents destined for use in participating countries and their territories should be certified by one of the officials in the jurisdiction in which the document has been executed. Said official must have been designated as competent to issue certifications by “Apostille” (usually in the office of the State Secretary of State of his/her counterpart) as provided for by the 1961 Hague Convention. With this certification by the Hague Convention Apostille, the document is entitled to recognition in the country of intended use, and no certification by the U.S. Department of State, Authentications Office or legalization by the embassy or consulate is required. Almost every kind of document can be apostilled or legalized by the Embassy ,documents including: Birth Certificate, Adoption Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Death Certificate, Power of Attorney, School Diploma and/or Transcripts, Corporate Documents, Affidavits, Identity documents and/or Passports, Deeds and Wills, Agreements, Bills of Sale, Proof of Ownership, Private Documents.
In order for documents to be accepted and recognized abroad in another country, they will most likely need to be legalized for authenticity. The body or organization which you are presenting the documents to should be able to advise you whether you need to have them legalized / Apostilled. You can obtain advice generally from the relevant Government Department, Educational Establishment, Embassy, and Consulate
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