What Is An Apostille?
An apostille is a certificate — often attached to the document by an appropriate government official after it is notarized.
Apostilles are used when public documents are being transferred between countries that are party to the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961.
This international treaty streamlined the cumbersome, traditional procedure for authenticating documents.
An apostille is issued by your Secretary of State’s office or Notary commissioning agency. The single apostille is the only certification needed. Once prepared and verified, the apostille is attached to and sent along with the notarized documents. Notaries cannot issue apostilles themselves. This all happens after the notarization, and requires no action on your part.
What Is An Authentication?
Authentication certificates are used for destination nations that are not part of the Hague Convention. Instead of a single apostille, the document needs several authentication certificates, including those from your commissioning agency, the U.S. Department of State, the consul of the destination country and potentially another government official in the destination country.The requirements and processing time for authentication certificates will vary from country to country.
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