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What is an Apostille?

For most countries the local Registry Office requires your legal documents are provided with an ’apostille’.

The apostille is a separate document with stamp and seal that will be attached to the original document. It is a specific form of authentication that is prepared pursuant to an international treaty, ”The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Hague Apostille Convention)”.

It facilitates the circulation of public documents executed in one State party to the Convention and to be produced in another State party to the Convention. It does so by replacing the cumbersome and often costly formalities of a full legalization process with the mere issuance of an Apostille (also called Apostille Certificate).

The country in which the documents will be used determines the type of certificate that should be attach to the original. If you need to know which countries have signed the treaty, you can find that information on the web site of The Hague Conference on International Private Law.