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What is an Apostille and when do you need one?
An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of a public document (e.g., a birth, marriage or death certificate, a judgment, etc.)
You will need an Apostille if all of the following apply:
1. The country where the document was issues is party to the Apostille Convention (see below in italic)
2. The country in which the document is to be used is party to the Apostille Convention
3. The law of the country where the document was issued considers it to be a public document
4. The country in which the document is to be used requires an Apostille in order to recognize it as a foreign public document.
Apostille Convention: A large number of countries all over the world have joined a treaty that greatly simplifies the authentication of public documents to be used abroad.
How much does an Apostille cost?
The Apostille convention is silent on the cost of Apostille. As a result, the practice among Competent Authorities varies greatly. In the state of CA, the Secretary of State charges $26 for the first Apostille document and $20 for every other. We at No Hassle Notary Public & Apostille charge a one time flat fee of ($100 - $150) depending on the urgency and location of the client. In addition, we will offer a special / flat rate on the notarization that will not be beaten by our competitors. Please give us a call for more details.
How are Apostilles affixed to Public documents?
An Apostille must be placed directly on the public document itself or on a separate attached page (called an allonge). Apostille may be affixed by various means, including rubber stamps, self-adhesive stickers, impressed seals, etc. If an Apostille is placed is placed on allonge, the latter can be attached to the underlying public document by a variety of means, including glue, grommets, staples, ribbons, wax seals, etc. While all of these means are acceptable under the Convention, Competent Authorities are encouraged to use more secure methods of affixation so as to safeguard the integrity of the Apostille.
What are the affects of an Apostille?
An Apostille only certifies the origin of the public document to which it relates: it certifies that authenticity of the signature or seal of the person or authority that signed or sealed the public document and the capacity in which this was done. An Apostille does not certify the content of the public document to which it relates.
Once I have an Apostille, do I need anything else to show that the signature or seal on my public document is genuine?
No. An Apostille issued by the relevant Competent Authority is all that is required to establish that a signature or seal on a public document is genuine and to establish the capacity of the person or authority that signed or sealed the public document.
If the recipient of my Apostille wants to verify my Apostille, what should I suggest?
Each Competent Authority is required to keep a register in which it records that date and number of every Apostille it issues, as well as information relating to the person or authority that signed or sealed the underlying public document. Recipients may contact the Competent Authority identified on the Apostille and ask whether the information on the Apostille corresponds with the information in the register.
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