Are you searching for the meaning of an apostille?
An apostille is a certificate issued by the state which authenticates the official who has signed your document. If your document requires notarization, the apostille authenticates the notary’s seal and signature. For vital record documents (birth, death, divorce), the apostille authenticates the official who has signed the bottom of your documents.
There are currently 117 countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.
Here is typically what’s included in a Apostille:
Country … [country name] This public document
has been signed by … [name]
acting in the capacity of … [function]
bears the seal/stamp of … [authority] certified
at … [location]
the … [date]
by … [name]
No … [apostille registration number]
Seal/stamp … [of the authority giving the apostille]
Signature … [signature of authority giving the apostille]
Common documents we can apostille are:
- Birth Certificates
- Marriage Certificates
- Death Certificates
- Divorce Decree
- Single Status Affidavit
- Background Checks (Local, State, FBI)
- Power of Attorney
- Copy of U.S. Passport
- Copy of Driver License
- 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
National Apostille, Inc. is the leader in document certification, legalization, attestation, and apostille services.
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!