What is an Apostille
New York State Apostille
Apostille is a French word that means certification. The Apostille is used to certify the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document ... Only certain government offices are authorized to issue an Apostille. In the USA, the issuing authority for the Apostille is the Secretary of State. So states allow other authority to issue the Apostille, for instance in New Jersey, the issuing authority for the Apostille is the Department of Treasury.
The most important thing to remember about the Apostille is that, the Apostille in no way validates the contents of the document. The Apostille is for only use on documents going to a foreign country.
If an Apostille is issued in the USA, it is not for use in the USA. The Apostille must include these specific 10 elements list below:
Model of Certificate
The actual Apostille should look something like this; it should be in the form of a square with side at least 9 centimeters long. Most Apostilles issued in the USA are printed on 8 1/2" by 11" letterhead.
(Convention de LaHaye du 5 octobre 1961)
This public document
2. has been signed by
3. acting in the capacity of
4. bears the seal / stamp of
5. At 6. the
9. Seal/Stamp: 10. Signature:
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