What is an Apostille?

Apostille is also a French word which means a certification, and is commonly used to refer to the legalization of a document for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.

Why do I need an Apostille and what does it do for me?

Most member countries agree that a document which has been legalized with an Apostille Certificate in its country of origin will be accepted in any other member country. This removes the need for further evidence to be obtained to prove the documents authenticity.

An Apostille is required for legal transactions where a document from one country must be presented in another as part of a legal process. Most often this will involve business transactions but is becoming more common for property dealings and to settle the estate of a deceased person with assets overseas. Some of the most common documents requiring legalization with an Apostille Certificate are Powers of Attorney, Passports, Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates. The requirement of an Apostille benefits you in that in the process of obtaining the Apostille, you are verified as the signor of the document by a Notary Public thus deter fraud or you being defrauded.

How to obtain an Apostille?

Due to the complexity of handling varying documents Apostille ProsSM serves you to arrange the Apostille Certificate of your behalf. It is not just a case of supplying the original document and the Apostille Certificate gets issued but rather a document is handled dependent on what signatures or seals of authority it contains, country of intended use etc. Many documents will require additional certification prior to the issue of the Apostille Certificate. Apostille Pros SM can provide advice on this and deal with any additional certification required on your behalf. Utilizing our service has many benefits, one of which is speed of service; the second is to ensure your document is issued with the Apostille Certificate on the first attempt.

Why do my documents need to be notarized?

For documents such as Powers of Attorney require notarization; the document signer must be identified and verified by a Notary Public.

Why does my document require Embassy Legalization?

When a country is not party/member to The Hague Convention then your documents must go through the Embassy of the country of intended use for final legalization

What documents can be legalized by an Embassy?

Almost any kind of document such as but not limited to: Birth & Death Certificates, Powers of Attorney, Business Documents, and so on.

Can you handle and get Apostilles and/or Embassy Legalization for documents from all states in the U.S.?

Yes, including all U.S. territories.

Do you provide translation service?

Yes, please call for a review of the document to be translated. We will need to know the kind of document to be translated.

Which countries are not an apostille?

The following countries require embassy legalization: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, China - People's Republic, Comoros, Congo - Dem. Rep., Congo - Rep. Brazzaville, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, East Timor, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea - Bissau, Guinea - Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar/Burma, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

What are member nations of the Hague Convention?

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Chile, China (Hong Kong), China (Macao), Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue (Cook Islands), Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Vanuatu, Venezuela.

Can you help me obtain an Apostille in all 50 states?


Apostille Pros is not affiliated with the Secretary of State of California, any local or state government agency. We are however listed with the Secretary of State of California as a provider of services in matters dealing with apostilles and certifications. The office of the Secretary of State of California in Sacramento is the main office that issues California Apostilles & Authentications for documents to be used abroad. Here is a sample apostille certificate.

Document Review

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