- November 1, 2017
- Posted by: CIP Journal
- Category: Uncategorized
On October 5, 1961, many nations joined to create a simplified method of “legalizing” documents for universal recognition and agreed on the Apostille Section of the the Hague Convention. They adopted a document referred to as an Apostille that is internationally recognized by all member nations.
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an apostille . It is an international certification comparable to a notarisation in domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarisation of the document.
The apostille itself is a stamp or printed form consisting of 10 numbered standard fields with APOSTILLE written on top.
Apostilles are affixed by Competent Authorities designated by the government of a state which is party to the convention.
Almost every kind of personal or corporate documents can be apostilled for use in another country.
- Indentity documents or Passport copies
- Marriage Certificates, Divorce agreements, Divorce Decree
- Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates,
- No record of a Marriage
- Criminal Record – Criminal Background Check
- FBI Criminal Background Check certificate (Federal Document)
- Local Police certificate, Police clearance certificate, Certificate of No criminal record
- Power of Attorney – General, Special, Finance, Real Estate etc.
- Notarized copies of Passport, Affidavits, and other documents
- Papers for Adoption purposes,
- Deeds and Wills, Private Documents
- Agreements, Bills of sale, Proof of ownership
- Medical or Health certificates
- Transcripts (High School, College, University, or any other issuing agency)
- School/College/University Diploma, Degree Certificates, Graduation Records
- Permission to Travel, Consent by Parent(s) to travel with Minor Children
- Certificate of Naturalization (Federal Document)
Business / Corporate Documents:
- Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Incorporation
- Merger Agreements
- Authorization letter for Bank, Finance, Office, and related company matters
- Certificates of Amendment
- Certificate of Good Standing
- Power of Attorney
- Certificate of Incumbency
- Corporate Resolution
- Certification of Free Sale
- Certificate of Origin
- Certificate of Analysis
- Corporate Forms
- Joint Venture Agreements
- Stock Purchase Agreement in Foreign Companies
- Business Letter of Invitation
The Hague Conference has currently 83 Members: 82 States and 1 Regional Economic Integration Organisation. For the dates of membership, please consult the status table of the Statuteof the Hague Conference.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
China, People’s Republic of
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Korea, Republic of
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
The following States (68) are not Members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, but have signed, ratified or acceded to one or more Hague Conventions or are in the process of becoming a Member.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago