​What is an Apostille Stamp

​What is an Apostille Stamp

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  1. What is an Apostille Stamp?

    An Apostille is the accepted form of Attestation required to acknowledge the validity of the foreign documents. The Apostille stamp approves the authority of the signer, in which he or she acted , not the content of the document.
    What does the word “Apostille” mean?

    Apostille is pronounced as a·pos·tille \ə-päs-’til\

    The term “Apostille” is a French word, which means “to certify”, was first suggested by the signatory countries to the Apostille Treaty Hague Treaty 1961 to describe the accepted international form of authentication to legalize foreign public documents. The word is also pronounced ” Apostila” in Spanish.
    Sample of US Apostille Certificate
    The accepted Apostille attestation in the United States must contain fixed information in order for the document to be recognized abroad. Although every state issues different form of Apostille Stamp, However, each Apostille must contain this information regardless of the designated authority that issued the Apostille.

    US Apostille Sample

    Sample of US Apostille Certified Stamp
    Sample of US Apostille Certified Stamp

    US Apostille Certificate must contain the following:-

    The Country (The origin country in which the document was issued)
    This Public document has been signed by ( The name of the person that signed the documents)
    Acting in the capacity of (The position/ function of the signer)
    bears the Seal/ Stamp of (The designated authority of the signer)
    Certified

    At ( in which State it was certified)
    The ( the date of issuance the apostille)
    By ( Name )
    No. (The number of the Apostille certificate)
    The Seal/Stamp ( the golden Apostille stamp of the authority that issued the apostille).
    Signature ( the signature of the designated authority that issued the apostille).

    Apostille Hague Convention Treaty 1961

    The Apostille Convention is an international treaty, held in the Netherlands on 1961, to abolish the requirements of foreign documents.

    Each signatory country to the Apostille Convention designated a competent authority to affix the Apostille Certificate to public documents destined for use in one of the other Hague Treaty members.

    U.S. responsible authorities for issuing an apostille Stamp

    The US government has assigned TWO different authorities to issue the Apostille attestation on documents destined for foreign use depending on the document type:-

    Secretary of State office

    The Local Secretary of State offices in all 50 states in the designated authority to issue the apostille attestation on public state documents such as:

    Court documents.
    Notarized documents by local Notary Public Like Power of Attorney, Affidavit
    Vital Records like Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce Certificate.
    Corporate documents like Agreements, Certificate of Formation.
    US department of State in Washington DC

    It is the designated authority to issue the Apostile Stamp on documents issued by the federal Agencies in the United States such as:

    The Federal Drug and Food Administration (FDA).
    The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
    The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    The Homeland Security Agency.
    Social Security Agency
    Hague Convention Participating Countries

    Since 1961, many countries have ratified the Apostille treaty to abolish document legalization procedure of foreign public documents. Here is a list of the countries that accept the Apostille form as an evidence of the document’s authenticity:
     

    Apostille Convention Countries

    Albania
    Andorra
    Anguilla
    Antigua & Barbuda
    Argentina
    Armenia
    Aruba
    Australia
    Austria
    Azerbaijan
    Bahamas
    Bahrain
    Barbados
    Belarus
    Belgium
    Belize
    Bermuda
    Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Botswana
    Brazil
    British Guiana
    British Virgin Islands
    Brunei
    Bulgaria 
    Cape Verde
    Cayman Islands
    Chile
    Colombia
    Comoros Islands
    Cook Islands
    Costa Rica
    Croatia
    Cyprus
    Czech
    Denmark
    Dominica
    Dominican Republic
    Ecuador
    El Salvador
    Estonia
    Falkland Islands
    Fiji
    Finland
    France
    French Guiana
    French Polynesia
    Germany
    Gibraltar
    Greece
    Grenada
    Grenadines
    Guadeloupe
    Guam
    Guernsey
    Guyana
    Honduras
    Hong Kong (SAR China)
    Hungary
    Iceland
    India
    Ireland
    Isle of Man
    Israel
    Italy
    Japan
    Jersey
    Kazakhstan
    Korea
    Kyrgyzstan
    Latvia
    Lesotho
    Liberia
    Liechtenstein
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Macau (SAR China)
    Macedonia
    Malawi
    Malta
    Marshall Isl.
    Martinique
    Mauritius
    Mexico
    Moldova
    Monaco
    Mongolia
    Montenegro
    Montserrat
    Morocco
    Namibia
    Netherlands
    Netherlands Antilles
    New Caledonia
    New Zealand
    Nicaragua
    Niue
    Norway
    Oman
    Panama
    Peru
    Poland
    Portugal
    Puerto Rico
    Reunion
    Romania
    Russia
    Saint Helena
    Saint Kitts & Nevis
    Saint Lucia
    Saint Pierre & Miquelon
    Saint Vincent
    Samoa
    San Marino
    Sao Tome & Principe
    Scotland
    Serbia
    Seychelles
    Slovakia
    Slovenia
    South Africa
    South Georgia
    South Sandwich Islands
    Spain
    Suriname
    Swaziland
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Tajikistan
    Tokelau
    Tonga
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Turkey
    Turks & Caicos Islands
    Tuvalu
    U.K.
    Ukraine
    Uruguay
    US Virgin Islands
    Uzbekistan
    Vanuatu
    Venezuela
    Yugoslavia

    Source: http://www.onedayapostille.com/what-is-an-apostille/

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