The literal meaning of apostille is certification, which comes from French. Apostille certificate is a result of a Hague Convention, a treaty between over 100 countries that allowed documents issued in one country to be accepted in another. ARP Postal specializes in Express Apostille service - authentication of public official’s signatures on documents to be used outside the United States of America. We can authenticate and get an Apostille for documents issued in any state or territory of the United States of America.
We provide apostille and authentication (legalization) services to corporations, law firms, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals on all documents that will be used in foreign countries. All apostille requests are processed through an appropriate US government agency on county, state and federal levels, depending on the type of document and service requested.
So what is an apostille?
Document requirements for one country aren’t always the same for another. Their validity can be local to a certain region and differ from country to country. Sometimes records can be required or needed in another country but with so many different standards in effect, the need for a unified document was the key. In 1961 The Hague Conference on Private International Law established the Apostille. Apostille is an authentication certification, a stamp. It is designed for use among nations that participate in the Hague Convention. These joint regions are called signatory countries as formed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
Apostille only pertains to public documents. Primary examples of public instruments are marriage, birth and death certificates as well as court documents, patents and even diplomas.
The United States of America has been part of the Hague Convention since October of 1981. Apostille, coming from the French and meaning certificate, is a uniformly condensed and simplified mutually agreed upon document usable and accepted by these convention nations. Apostille seal proves validity and original signature source.
For a complete list of participating countries, processes and procedures, please contact A&M Logos International, Inc as we provide extensive support and services for all your Apostille needs.
Member Countries of the Hague Convention
A Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan
B Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria
C China (Hong Kong), China (Macao), Colombia, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic
D Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic
E Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia
F Fiji, Finland, France, FYR of Macedonia
G Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada
H Honduras, Hungary
I Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy
K Kazakhstan, Korea (Republic of)
L Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
M Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro
N Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway
P Panama, Poland, Portugal
R Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation
S Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland
T Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey
U Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA
V Vanuatu, Venezuela If the country you intend to present the documents in is not listed please check with the entity you intend to accept the apostille. They very often recognise an Apostille certificate.
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