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Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion

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Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness

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The future is now. It's time to grow up and be strong. Tomorrow may well be too late

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Don´t give up until you drink from a silver cup

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What is an Apostille?

 

An Apostille (Apostil) is a certificate, issued by a regulatory agency, which can be used to prove the authenticity of a notary public’s signature and/or seal or any other public document (issued by a government authority). The concept comes from The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. This treaty, as its title implies, was drawn up to simplify the process of certifying foreign public documents (though it does not apply to diplomatic and commercial documents).

 

If a document is issued in one of the participating countries and needs to be used in another participating country, a notary public’s certification is all that is needed to permit that document to be used in the other country, provided that the Notary Public has certification by Apostille stamp.

 

Each participating country designates the people or agencies with authority to issue Apostille certification (for instance in the United States, it is usually the Secretary of State where the Notary Public practices in).

 

Here you can find a list of countries which have signed the Hague Convention.