What is an Apostille and why you may need one

An Apostille is a specific form of authentication issued by the Secretary of State that is attached to a document to be used in foreign countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention. Documents sent to countries that are not part of the Hague Convention may require additional certification from the U.S. Department of State.


The Apostille confirms that the seal and signature of the Notary on a document are valid, and the notarization can be accepted by the receiving agency in the foreign country.


Examples of reasons you may need an Apostille:

  • Adopting a child(ren) abroad

  • Destination Wedding

  • Starting a new job in another country

  • Studying abroad

  • Business in another country

and many more examples.


Examples of common documents that are submitted for apostille are:

  • Adoption records

  • Marriage certificates

  • Business licenses and related documents

  • School transcripts, diplomas, etc

  • Birth certificates

  • Death certificates

  • Divorce decrees

As an Apostille Agent, I assist customers through the apostille process. I live within 2 hours of the Secretary of State in Jefferson Cty, Missouri. So, I can provide courier services to deliver notarized documents requiring apostille and also contact that agency on the customer's behalf to request instructions related to obtaining an apostille.


The apostille process can be confusing and most people don't know what an apostille is until they require one.


Ready to get started? Call or click below for a free Apostille Services consultation.


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