Certification and Authentication with Apostille
Apostilled Documents Requiring Official SignaturesThe 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 AuthenticationMay 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)