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What is an Apostille?
Apostille is an international certification comparable to a notarization and is often added to documents that have been in some manner signed by a Notary, lawyer or other public official such as the clerk of a court of record in their official capacity. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory countries.
Countries THAT Accept the Apostille Certificate
The following countries are all members of the Hague conference and have entered into force Convention 12 of 5 October 1961, Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.
These countries will therefore accept the Apostille Certificate in place of any further legalization. Countries not listed will often still require an Apostille, but will then also require further legalization via their embassy. Please contact us for guidance on this.
Obtaining an Apostille Certification
If you intend to use your documents in another country, you have to make sure they are "authenticated" or "legalized". Some countries have agreed to abide to a unique regulation (the Hague Convention) that facilitates the reciprocal recognition of official documents. If the country where the document will be used is a party to the Hague Convention, your documents will need to have an Apostille Certification that we can obtain for you.
Certified and Notarized Translations
A certified and notarized translation is one which is being certified by the issuing office or translator as to the accuracy of the information contained in the translation. The certified translations are normally also verified for official use by a notary public. We make obtaining a certified and notarized translation easy for you; moreover this is all included in our pricing. Just contact us, and we will make sure that you will get your translation accurately and on time.
What is a Consular Certification?
States which have not signed the apostille Convention must specify how foreign legal documents can be certified for use. Sometimes two countries will have a special treaty concerning the recognition of each other’s documents, but usually not. When the country issuing or receiving the document does not recognize an apostille, you must usually take the document to the consulate of the foreign country you need to certify, a process which is known as “consular certification”.