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Authentication & Apostilles-What are They?

What is an Authentication?



What is an Apostille?


What is the Hague Treaty?

The Hague Legalization Convention abolishes the need for diplomatic and consular legalization or authentication of public documents originating in one Hague country, for use in another Convention country. Instead, public documents bearing a certificate of apostille are recognized in any Convention country with no further authentication or legalization required.

Neither the Consulate General nor the Embassy is authorized to provide apostilles or assist in obtaining them.

The Convention simplifies the procedures which one has to follow in order to have a document originating in any country which is a party to the Convention legalized for use in any other country which is a party to the Convention.

When did the United States Jown the Hague Convention

Effective October 15, 1981, the United States of America became a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. Finland is also a signatory to this Convention.


What is a Legalized Document?

If you have a document which  requires legalization, you should contact the competent local authority who will affix a certification and or apostille to your notarized document.

Do all Documents Need to be Authenticated?

Do all Documents Need to be Apostilled?

Nations Belonging to the Hague Treaty

Links to the Hague Treaty