An apostille is a form of authentication or certification that is recognized internationally. It is used to verify the authenticity of public documents issued in one country for use in another country that is a party to the Hague Apostille Convention. The Hague Apostille Convention is an international treaty that simplifies the process of document legalization among participating countries.
An apostille is a separate document attached to the original public document, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, educational diplomas, power of attorney, and more. It confirms the origin of the document and the authority of the person or organization that signed, sealed, or stamped it.
The apostille itself includes essential information, including the country where it was issued, the name of the person requesting it, the date of issuance, and a unique identification number. It is typically placed as a sticker or stamp on the document or an attached separate sheet.
The purpose of an apostille is to eliminate the need for additional certification or legalization of documents when they are presented in another country that is part of the Apostille Convention. It simplifies the process of document authentication and ensures that documents issued in one country are recognized as valid in another country, without the need for further verification.