FAQ

What is an Apostille?

An apostille is the simplified certification of public documents (including notarial texts), for their international use in all countries that have become members of the Apostles section of the Hague Convention. Signatory countries have agreed under the Apostille section of the Hague Convention to recognize public documents that have been certified by the ‘Apostille.’

What type of service do we offer?

We offer a variety of services, including Apostille service. If you are going to use your document in a country of the Apostille department of the convention in The Hague, you need an Apostille.

What are the effects of an Apostille?

An apostille certifies only the origin of the public document to which it relates: it certifies the authenticity of the signature or seal of the person or body that has signed or sealed the public document and the capacity in which it is done. An apostille does not certify the content of the public document to which it relates. Apostilles are not authorizations and do not give extra weight to the content of underlying documents. An Apostille must never be used for the recognition of a document in the country where the document was issued – Apostilles are strictly for the use of public documents abroad. It is up to the country where the Apostille is used to determine how much weight the underlying public document should give.

Is the Apostille guaranteed?

We guarantee that the apostille is issued for every genuine document that is presented correctly. If your document is not signed, stamped or certified, we will work with you and help or advise you to ensure that we can legalize the document. If for any reason we can not issue the apostille on your document, we guarantee that we refund the apostille fee.

What is Embassy Legalization?

Embassy legalization is only necessary if your document is used in a country that is not a member of the Hague Convention. If your document is used in a country that has adopted the Hague Convention for the issue and acceptance of apostles, you only need an apostille certificate. Full Embassy Attestation can be a complicated process, and it is important that documents are prepared correctly. We can help you with our complete attest service for embassies.

Why use the Apostille Service?

We make it easy to legalize documents. The use of our apostille and embassy legalization is the quickest and easiest way to legalize your documents for international use. With the safe hand processing of your documents and the use of secure couriers, we maintain contact with lawyers, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and many of the embassies in London. We do the whole round and take all costs into our costs.

Do you offer translation services?

We offer translation services. If you want to translate your documents into another language, upload your files via the application form and indicate whether your translation should be certified and/or notarized. You must also indicate whether you need an original translation to send to you abroad or internationally, or that you should only have your translation sent by e-mail. Once you have submitted your documents and information, we will send you a quotation within the next 24 hours.

Can you handle and get Apostilles and/or Embassy Legalization for documents from all states in the U.S.?

Yes, including all U.S. territories.

Can apostles be rejected in the country where they are to be used?

Apostilles issued in accordance with the requirements of the Convention must be recognized in the country where they are used. Apostilles may only be rejected if and when: their origin cannot be verified, or their formal elements are radically different from the model certificate annexed to the treaty. Although an apostille must be as close as possible to the model certificate that is appended to the Convention, differences in practice Apostilles issued by various competent authorities regarding design, size, and color, as well as any additional elements that may be added to the certificate mention. Such variations in appearance are not a basis for refusing an Apostille. Not applying Apostille in the public document in a certain way is not a basis for refusing the Apostille. Additional text on an Apostille outside the box with the 10 numbered standard informative items is not a basis for rejection of an Apostille. Apostille certificates issued by countries that are not a party to the Convention must be rejected in all other States as contrary to the Convention.

What kind of documents can be Apostilled?

Almost every type of document, including: birth certificate, adoption certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree, death certificate, power of attorney, school diploma and/or transcriptions, company documents, statements, identity documents and/or passports, deeds and testaments, agreements, sales accounts, proof of ownership, private documents .

Which countries are not an apostille?

The accompanying nations require government office legitimization: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, China – People’s Republic, Comoros, Congo – Dem. Rep., Congo – Rep. Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, East Timor, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea – Bissau, Guinea – Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar/Burma, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Who are the member nations of the Hague Convention?

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Chile, China (Hong Kong), China (Macao), Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue (Cook Islands), Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Vanuatu, Venezuela.