What is an "apostille"?

An apostille (French word meaning notation) is a standard certification provided under The Hague Conference on Private International Law: 1961 Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legislation for Foreign Public Documents for the purpose of authenticating documents for use in foreign countries. The treaty was ratified by the United States on Sept.1, 1981.

The apostille is formatted in numbered fields that allow data to be understood by the receiving country regardless of the official language of the issuing country.




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