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A Hague Convention Apostille, a certificate attached by a Competent Authority (often the Secretary of State) that states the signatures and stamps of the government officials on your documents are valid. This simpler method is currently accepted by more than 110 countries and was agreed upon in the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement Authentication of the signatures on your documents by the originating jurisdiction, followed by legalization at the consulate or embassy of the destination country. U.S. Department of State Authentication is also often a necessary step in this process.
(Learn more about Authentication and Legalization here.)
How To Get An Apostille or Authentication & Legalization
Your first step is going to be to know which type of certification you require. You’ll need an apostille if your destination country is a part of the Hague Convention, and authentication and legalization if the country is not.
Requirements for getting your certification—regardless of which type it is—are set by the destination country and vary from nation to nation. COGENCY GLOBAL has specialists on the ground around the world and can help you navigate the different requirements across jurisdictions with ease.
Navigating these processes is time-consuming and frustrating. Each authority has different requirements, fees, and procedures. To add to that complexity, embassies and consulates can sometimes apply political considerations to the process. Rely on experienced professionals who understand embassy quirks, have ongoing working relationships with embassy staff and can troubleshoot problems immediately.
Our service is designed to handle your requests efficiently and effectively, from pricing to processing. Get up to four US documents authenticated at the same locations at no additional charge. We’ll even keep you informed of important regulatory and policy changes for future requests.
Services vary depending on the document type and location, but generally include:
Let COGENCY GLOBAL quickly and cost-effectively handle your apostille, authentication or legalization needs. Contact us today to get started.Need legalization for a foreign document?