The sole function of the Apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature of the document.Put simply, an apostille is a certificate that is attached to another document so that it will be accepted when used overseas.
What is Apostille definition? How to Apostille a document
The Hague Apostille (or simply called endorsement, also inFrench: apostille: means certify, authenticate or complete.)Aims to simplify the legalization of documents to verify theirauthenticity, in order to be valid internationally, makingunnecessary diplomatic or consular legalization or othercertifications. Physically consists of a sheet is added todocuments by the competent authority stamp on a copy ofpublic record. It was introduced as an alternative to legalizationfor the Hague Convention of 1961.
In some countries, like Spain, the apostille can be obtainedelectronically (e-app), replacing the holographic signature todocuments apostilled by a valid certificate or signature, inaccordance with international standards. In these cases there isusually also an electronic record of Apostilles (e-register),which replaces the traditional card catalog of endnotes forElectronic Registration of contrast that allows you to tracktimely apostilles actually issued.
Apostilles are affixed by Competent Authorities designated bythe government of a state which is party to the convention. Alist of these authorities is maintained by the Hague Conferenceon Private International Law. Examples of designatedauthorities are embassies, ministries, courts or (local)governments. For example, in the United States, the Secretaryof State of each state and his or her deputies are usuallycompetent authorities. In the United Kingdom, all apostilles areissued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in MiltonKeynes.
To be eligible for an apostille, a document must first be issuedor certified by an officer recognized by the authority that willissue the apostille. For example, in the US state of Vermont,the Secretary of State maintains specimen signatures of allnotaries public, so documents that have been notarised areeligible for apostilles. Likewise, courts in the Netherlands areeligible of placing an apostille on all municipal civil statusdocuments directly.
In some cases, intermediate certifications may be required inthe country where the document originates before it will beeligible for an apostille. For example, in New York City, theOffice of Vital Records (which issues, among other things, birthcertificates) is not directly recognized by the New YorkSecretary of State.
As a consequence, the signature of the City Clerk must becertified by the County Clerk of New York County to make thebirth certificate eligible for an apostille.Information included in an apostille: