On October 15, 1981, the United States became a member of the 1961 Hague Convention which abolished 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. Below are the requirements for receipt of a U.S. Department of State issued Apostille, or a State issued Apostille
U.S. Department of State Issued Apostille Requirements
Federally issued documents destined for use in participating Hague countries and their territories require an Apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State. Documents requiring an apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State are those which have been signed by one of the following:
Note: All certifications must include a legible signature of the official's name, title and seal of the agency.
State Issued Apostille Requirements
State issued documents destined for use in participating Hague countries and their territories should be certified by one of the officials in the jurisdiction in which the document was executed. The local state requirements are as follows: