Apostilles & Certifications

States generally issue two types of authentications of public documents: apostilles and certifications. Apostilles are used by countries participating in the Hague Convention. Certifications are used by countries that do not participate.

For a list of the countries that accept apostilles, please visit the Status Table provided by the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

A world map showing countries that are members or non-members of the Hague Convention

Typically, you need a certified or notarized copy of the document before you can obtain an apostille. The state will issue the apostille or certification only upon an original certified or notarized document.

State Information

If you want more information about apostilles or certifications in your state, click the link below.

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