What’s an Apostille?

An Apostille is a document that certifies the authenticity of a public official’s signature on a document.
What is the Purpose of an Apostille?
The purpose of an Apostille is so that the document can be used in a foreign country without their being any doubt about the authenticity of the public official’s document.
Only countries that were signatories to the Hague Convention will accept the Apostille.
Here is a link to a site that indicates which countries were signatories to the Hague Convention: Link
**Please note: An Apostille only authenticates the public official’s signature, it does not verify the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of the document.***
Instances Where An Apostille Can Be Used
A consulate may request an Apostille in regards to the following types of processes:
1. Adoption
2. Applying for employment in a foreign country
3. Marriage
Where can I get an Apostille?
The office of the Secretary of State (www.sos.gov) in California provides the Apostille. It usually takes about two to three weeks to obtain it. The Secretary of State has offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles.

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