United States Apostille
What is an Apostille?
The Apostille Process
Documents designed for public use in a foreign country generally need to be authenticated by a Designated Competent Authority of the jurisdiction in which the documents originated will serve their purpose. All apostilles will receive a seal from the Designated Competent Authority including various mandatory references, and When a document is apostilled, the Designated Competent Authority authenticates the official seals and signatures of the public officer who signed and stamped the document in an official capacity. For instance, the Secretary of State will verify a notarized document, verifying the signature and stamp of the Notary Public, and attach the Apostille Certificate to the Notarial Certificate that the Notary Public notarized. In other words, the apostille is authenticating the notarial act of the Notary Public, to be recognized as valid for foreign use. That is why every document, whether it be a personal, business, court, or government document must be either certified by the proper government agency or notarized before the document can be apostilled. Nonetheless, the process and certification requirements for each type of document can vary by county, state, and federal agency. The Apostille Agents at Ezra Apostille & Notary in California are the local and national experts in this document legalization process.
This process simplifies the international verification of legal documents and streamlines the process to have the documents recognized. An Apostille is the only requirement for documents being used in the current countries that participate in the Hague Convention (always subject to change).