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Apostille Services

What is an Apostille?

apostilleAn apostille (pronounced “ah-po-steel”) is a certificate issued by the Secretary of State or other Notary regulating agency that proves the authenticity of a Notary’s signature and seal. The apostille is attached to your original document to verify it is legitimate and authentic so it will be accepted in countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.

The Hague Apostille Convention was a conference held in 1961 in which many countries joined together to create a simplified method of “legalizing” documents for universal recognition.  Members of this conference adopted a document referred to as an Apostille that would be recognized by all member countries.  Apostille only pertains to public documents such as marriage, birth, and death certificates and other court documents, patents, or even diplomas.

The United States of America has been a part of the Hague Convention since October 1981.  Getting documents apostilled can be a challenging task, especially if it’s your first experience with the document authentication process.  Fortunately, our team at Washington Express Visas is happy to guide you through the process.  Contact us today for assistance!

Common Documents

Members of the Hague Apostille Convention

Albania

Dominica

Lithuania

Saint Lucia

Andorra

Dominican Republic

Luxembourg

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Antigua & Barbuda

Ecuador

Macau

Samoa

Argentina

El Salvador

Macedonia

San Marino

Armenia

Estonia

Malawi

Sao Tome and Principe

Australia

Fiji

Malta

Serbia

Austria

Finland

Marshall Islands

Seychelles

Azerbaijan

France

Mauritius

Slovakia

Bahamas

Georgia

Mexico

Slovenia

Bahrain

Germany

Moldova

South Africa

Barbados

Greece

Monaco

South Korea

Belarus

Grenada

Mongolia

Spain

Belgium

Guatemala

Montenegro

Suriname

Belize

Honduras

Morocco

Swaziland

Bolivia

Hong Kong

Namibia

Sweden

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Hungary

Netherlands

Switzerland

Botswana

Iceland

New Zealand

Tajikistan

Brazil

India

Nicaragua

Tonga

Brunei

Indonesia

Niue

Trinidad and Tobago

Bulgaria

Ireland

Norway

Tunisia

Burundi

Israel

Oman

Turkey

Cape Verde

Italy

Panama

Ukraine

Chile

Jamaica

Paraguay

United Kingdom

Colombia

Japan

Peru

United States

Cook Islands

Kosovo

Philippines

Uruguay

Costa Rica

Kazakhstan

Poland

Uzbekistan

Croatia

Latvia

Portugal

Vanuata

Cyprus

Lesotho

Romania

Venezuela

Czech Republic

Liberia

Russia

Denmark

Liechtenstein

Saint Kitts & Nevis