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What Are Apostilles Anyway?

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Internationally-bound documents frequently need a form of validation known as an ApostilleApostilles are necessary for documents bound for Hague Convention nations. In 1961, the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Documents, resulted in many nations adopting a simplified method of legalizing documents for universal recognition.  These nations are referred to as member nations of the Hague Legalization Convention:

Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belarus, Belguim. Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Figi, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta. Marshall Islands, Maurituis, Mexico, Netherlands (Aruba), Niue (Savage Island), Norway, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, United States, Venezuela, Yugoslavia

An Apostille is a seal certificate which, when affixed to a document, certifies it has undergone specific procedures established by the Hague Legalization Convention to prove the document's legality and authenticity for use in a foreign country.

An Apostille is internationally recognized by all member nations.  Documents sent between Hague Convention countries may be submitted to the member nation without further action.

An Apostille is a certification issued by the California State Government, affixed to the top of your original document to verify the signature of the county official that authenticated the document, such as a vital record.  For notarized documents, the county clerk applies an Authentication, after which the state government applies the Apostille to the county clerk's Authentication.

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Please note: We are not attorneys, and cannot provide legal advice.