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Certification and Authentication with Apostille

Apostilled Documents Requiring Official Signatures

The state of Delaware provides authentication of official signatures on documents. Before the Apostille can be issued, the country of destination must be identified to determine as to whether the certification is an apostille or authentication.

Since October 15, 1981, the United States has been part of the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined the convention (see the list of countries). Documents destined for use in participating countries and their territories should be certified by one of the officials in the jurisdiction in which the document has been executed. Said official must have been designated as competent to issue certifications by "apostille" (usually in the office of the State Secretary of State of his/her counterpart) as provided for by the 1961 Hague Convention. The text of the Convention may be found in T.I.A.S. 10072; 33 U.S. Treaty Series (UST) 883; 527 U.N. Treaty Series (UNTS) 189, and Martindale-Hubble International Law Digest.

With this certification by the Hague Convention apostille, the document is entitled to recognition in the country of intended use, and no certification by the Authentications Office or legalization by the embassy or consulate of the foreign country where the document is to be used is required. The Authentications Office only certifies documents from other federal agencies and officials from foreign governments with the apostille.

Apostille Authentication

May foreign countries require documents to be authenticated by the state of Delaware either using Apostille Authentication or if not a member of the Hague "Gold Sealed".

In order for us to provide you with Apostilled Certification, you will have to order online individually the following:

  • Certificate of Incorporation or Formation
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Certificate of Incumbency (Requires either a Corporate or Membership Resolution Attestation by the state of Delaware) (LINK)
  • Attestation by a Foreign Embassy (LINK)

CONVENTION COUNTRIES

The following countries are parties to the Hague Adoption Convention. We refer to these countries as Convention Countries. Intercountry adoptions between the United States and Convention countries are governed by Hague adoption procedures.

Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
China, People's Republic of
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea, Republic of
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Uruguay
Venezuela

Countries absent from the list are not party to the Hague Adoption Convention. We refer to those countries as Non-Convention countries. Intercountry adoptions between the United States and countries not listed below must follow non-Hague adoption procedures.

Non-Convention countries

Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Burundi
Cape Verde
Colombia
Cook Islands
Dominica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Fiji
Grenada
Honduras
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Malawi
Marshall Islands
Mongolia
Namibia
Nicaragua
Niue
Oman
Republic of Moldova
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Seychelles
Swaziland
Tajikistan
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu

    Territories
    Anguilla
    Bailiwick of Guernsey
    Barbados
    Bermuda
    British Antarctic
    British Soloman Islands
    British Guiana (Guyana)
    Cayman
    Dominica
    Falkland Islands
    Gibraltar
    Gilbert & Ellice Islands (Kiribati)
    Grenada
    Hong Kong
    The Isle of Man Jersey
    Montserrat
    New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
    Saint Christopher & Nevis
    Saint Helena
    Saint Lucia
    Saint Vincent
    Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
    Turks & Caicos
    Virgin Islands

    Departments in Europe

    French Guiana
    Guadeloupe
    Martinique